November Wrap-up!

So – that was November!! Weather was pretty rubbish, so perfect to stay in and read a book! 😀

Anyway – on to all things bookish!

I managed 12 books in total this month, as well as having an interview with the classy, unassuming Birgitta Hjalmarson, author of Fylgia, a fascinating coming-of-age story set in rural Sweden, at the early part of last century.

I got to read books by 5 (FIVE!) emerging writers, and as well as reviewing the last four Shakespeare plays, I managed three books by very different authors, from historical fiction to history to fiction. I also SMASHED my Goodreads reading target, by getting to 160 books 😀 The target had been 150!

Thank you again to everyone out there who has read the reviews, who has posted comments, and who expressed a like for them. Your appreciation and feedback is really motivating for me, and is the real fun part of doing this. THANK YOU!!!!!

First Wrap

Emerging Writers:

1: We Are Not Refugees – Agus Morales

True-life stories, of people who don’t consider themselves refugees. Gritty, holding no punches, yet there is a strong message of hope.

2: The Life of Dad – Dr Anna Machin

Interesting research into the importance of Dads, and the role they do and will play.

3: The Genius Habit – Laura Garnett

A non-fiction look at how one habit can change your life.

4: Grief Works – Julia Samuel

Dealing with the aftermath of death, a process we will all go through. An insightful and perceptive read.

5: Elsewhere, Home – Leila Aboulela

13 Stories dealing with very human conditions of loneliness, love, insecurity and a desire to belong, mainly from POV of Muslim women.

A wide variety from self-help, fiction to serious social commentary – all great reads.

Saturday Shakespeare:

6: The Winter’s Tale:

“Exit, pursued by a bear”. Story of irrational jealousy, causing sorrow, death and remorse, and redemption and hope.

7: Twelfth Night:

Mistaken identities, foiled social climbing, and unrequited love – If music be the food of love, play on!

8: King Lear:

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child – the classic dystopian family.

9: Othello:

“Jealousy is the green-eyed monster”. Probably the bard’s finest play, with his most malevolent villain. Racism issues that still are relevant today.

Established Authors:

10: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

What happens in the space between death and re-birth?

11: Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

The Booker prize winner, the first in the trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, the original English political fixer.

12: Titans of History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Vignettes into some of the main world historical figures, from biblical Egypt to the present-day.

I had such a sense of achievement when I finished Othello, (a play I really love, incidentally). I wrote a post in December on what it meant to me, and I have to say I’m rather proud of myself :D. It seems to have gone so fast, and I do miss the Bard now that we don’t talk as often!!

It’s now almost Christmas, and as I won’t be updating the blog from now until the New Year, I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and peaceful New Year! Thank you for all your comments, likes and support for the past year – I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!!




One thought on “November Wrap-up!

  1. Here’s to 2019. I love the way you take on us all, the very new, the established, and the classics. Can’t wait to read more!


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