Thursday, 12 September 2013

the writer's edition: month 6 check-in

I was going to subtitle this post 'The Opposite of Writing' because that's what I've been doing: reading, not writing.  After last week's post, happily thinking to myself that both kids were at school, I had a phone call to say there was a sore tummy and could I come and do a pick up?  So yeah, another month like that hasn't done much for my productivity!  Instead, I've been reading again and have found a few gems I will pass on to you.  It's been good then to turn around from books I've really loved and pick up my own work in progress afresh...  and discover that I really love it too!  Proving that really, you have to write what you love, otherwise what's the point?

Look, who knows where this will go, but if I don't try I will never know.  It's unlikely that it will happen overnight and, with my own family responsibilities, I don't even know whether I will make my own deadline.  It's hard to make plans with young children and achieve what I want to professionally without any kind of childcare for Jono.  He doesn't start kinder til next year and even then it's only a few hours a week.  There's plenty of time for writing yet, my kids being young will be over in the blink of an eye.  And that's what I'm going to savour - writing when I can, enjoying what I have here at home.  Life's too short to be superwoman!

Now, for the book recommendations:

Green Vanilla Tea - Marie William's husband is in his early forties when his personality changes immeasurably.  It takes a couple of years for him to be diagnosed with early onset dementia and motor neurone disease - a heartbreaking story, but a lovely read about an incredible, international cohort of friends and relatives who unite behind this family of four.

Far to Go - Alison Pick's Man Booker Prize finalist historical fiction novel tells the compelling story of the Bauer family's experiences as the Nazis sweep into Czechoslovakia.  It's a very interesting book and has a twist that at first slightly almost irritated me, but as I accustomed to the mechanics of the tale, I settled back down and enjoyed the story.  I'd be very interested to hear from you if you've read this book - I found I just had to keep reading, each paragraph lead so well into the next, a brilliant find!

Simply from Scratch - This is a very easily read novel from Alicia Bessette.  Rose-Ellen Carmichael Roy's husband has died in a post-Hurricane Katrina relief mission in New Orleans.  Despite the subject matter, there is a lightness and warmth to the writing - I enjoyed seeing new friendships develop and existing relationships at work.  I look forward to hearing more from Alicia Bessette.

I've just picked up another huge haul from the library, so hope to add to these recommendations as time goes on.  What have you read lately?  What should I reserve next?

6 comments:

  1. I am so excited because I haven't read any of those books - can't wait to look for them in the library. Love me xxooxx.

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    1. It's just been so fantastic to find such good reads - and so many more too!!

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  2. Ooh, thanks for the recommendations, I'll write them down because my brain always goes blank when I get to the library! My August best reads are over on my blog now :)

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    1. Elli, I've had a look at your books too and I've noted down Barbara Trapido - she's not someone I've read before. I had an English friend when I lived in Ireland who put me on to Sandi Toksvig, I had forgotten about her! So much to read, so little time!

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  3. "Life's too short to be superwoman" - would be another good title for a book and there will indeed be plenty of time for writing, in the meantime you'll be gathering up loads more life experience to provide inspiration.
    Thanks for the book recommendations. I haven't read anything great recently but just picked up a couple of books for my holiday from the library that I hope will be good: Iain Banks, Stonemouth and Mitch Albom, The Timekeeper. If either are any good I'll let you know.

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    1. Life's too short - definitely something else I have considered writing!! I think somehow we're meant to do everything and it's kind of exhausting... Will be interested to hear how your books go, it's just so nice to be reading and enjoying what I read.

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