I have got the writing bug again, and just to make things totally insane, I am going to do National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It’s not even national any more and is a fully-fledged international event. I am planning on giving you weekly updates every Sunday so watch this space. If you are also doing NaNo, I would love to have you as a buddy on there. You can add me here, or just check my progress.
The winners of the Booker prize was announced this week, I have both of the winner’s books on order from the library but with The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, I am number 14 in a queue with 7 copies so by my calculations I am likely to get my hands on a copy sometime before Christmas, if I am lucky. With regards to Girl, woman, other by Bernardine Evaristo I am hoping to get it sooner (2nd in the queue) but with only one copy available, who knows.
In the real world, it’s the start of half-term in the UK (but silly me I was convinced it was a week later so it came as a bit of a surprise), not quite sure what we are going to do with the week yet. Most likely the house will be full of kids, noise and mayhem.
Reading wise, not too shoddy again with three books finished. The fact that the last of these was only 70 pages long is irrelevant ;).
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
My Rating: ★★★★★
The first book to make me laugh out loud for a while. It’s not a wonderful piece of literature but provided very welcome light relief from all the worthy books I have been reading lately. As a nurse, I was not really surprised by anything contained within, and it confirmed what I already knew, that I would NEVER want to be a doctor.
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
My Rating: ★★★✬☆
Like all collection of essays, it’s a mixed bag with many of the referenced books unknown and unread. I read it as an audiobook, and in retrospect, It would have been better to read in print form as I was often unsure which book she was talking about. As with all Zadie Smith’s work, it is beautifully and simply written.
Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo so am reading as many craft books that I have lying around. This was recommended to me and the same price as a coffee (on Kindle). Short and sweet, nothing in the way of new information but some of the info on planning scenes may well be useful.
As per normal I have multiple books in the pipeline, and two of them are over 1000 pages long (Anna Karenina and Ducks Newburyport) so you are likely to see these on here for a while.