I have been working loads this week in hospitals all over the south-west of England, way more than normal; therefore the only book I have finished is a book of poetry I started reading two months ago less than 100 pages long. The shame. On the other hand, I am halfway through four largish books that I am likely to have finished by the end of next week, so it will all work itself out in the end.
Title: The House on the Lake Author: Nuala Ellwood Pages: 244 Genres: Thriller Publication Date: ebook 24th Jan and in paperback on February 20th 2020 Source: Netgalley (and Penguin Books) My Rating: ★★★★☆ No matter how far you run . . . He's never far behind Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old... Continue Reading →
I have spent much of this week feeling like I was dying. I wasn't, it was just a bad cold but my head felt like it was about to explode. I am almost recovered now and it's nice to see myself in the mirror rather than the old lady that was staring back at me for most of the week.
I have been a bit slack with the blog since new years, partly because I have been working more and partly because I have been taking advantage of the amazon prime coverage for the ATP Cup and watching lots of tennis. I have been keeping up with my reading though.
This was a book that I found very easy to relate to and devoured in a couple of days. Kay has finally made the decision to leave her husband of 29 years. Her husband and children are devastated, having no idea that there was anything wrong with the marriage but Kay has been unhappy for a long time.
Not that I haven't enjoyed all the good food and family, but my jeans are starting to get a little tight, and the rain hasn't let up for the week. Also, it will be nice to have the family back at work and school so I can have the house to myself to read for a bit.
I still have a nearly empty fridge but at least all the presents have been bought. At the moment I am down visiting my folks and exchanging gifts to open on Wednesday. We try to have a stress free Christmas in my house, keeping the major cooking to a minimum and not having any expectations, it seems to work but sometimes I do get a bit nostalgic for big family events of my childhood.
I have decided that I will read all 13 books from the 2019 Booker Prize Longlist sometime before the 2020 longlist is announced next summer. A totally achievable goal, completely unlike my previous idea to read them all in the three months between the longlist announcement and the winner reveal. These are the first four that I have read. One of the joint winners, two shortlisted and one just on the longlist.
Ten days till Christmas, and I am still with half the presents I need to get still sitting in the shops. I also seem to be slowing down on the reading front at the moment, maybe I'm hibernating or something but I only have 3 books left to complete my Goodreads challenge of 100 for... Continue Reading →
I am amazed, I managed to write a 50,000 word first draft of a nearly finished novel in 30 days. I haven't quite reached the endpoint of the actual book, but I can see it from here. Don't go expecting this book to be published any time soon though, but it is the longest piece of fiction I have ever written, but I don't think It will be my last. I did love the whole camaraderie and support that goes with the whole NaNoWriMo experience and I will be back doing this again this time next year, if not sooner for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
Just another week of endless rain all the better cos NaNoWriMo is ongoing. I am still keeping up with the word count, but I do questions the quality of my "book". I would be stupid to give up now, but I am tempted, a sore finger doesn't help. I am trying my best to follow the advice of skipping bits for now so that I should be able to write the climax in the last few days, and when I hit 50k words, write the end.
I really enjoyed this debut novel. Told in alternating first-person narratives, we meet Augusta and Parfait. Augusta is a twin. She and her sister Julia born into suburban England. Her twin at the end of July with Augusta emerging a few hours later but in August. It is never specified but I am assuming the twins were non-identical as they both seemed like very different people. Parfait, however, is from the war-torn nation of Burundi and life for him is quite different. The two narratives do link up, but not till the last 15% of the book.