Finished reading: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers 📚
Sad to reach the end of the wayfarer series but excited to read more from Becky Chambers and the worlds she creates.
Finished reading: Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry 📚
Barry is one of my favourite authors and I’ve enjoyed losing myself in his writing before but this one proved a challenge.
Finished reading: Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson 📚
Astonishing. I couldn’t put this down, just wanted to float in the words. There’s an art to writing fiction that feels like poetry. This story is tender and it also punches you in the gut.
Finished reading: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar 📚
This one grew on me. I enjoyed the letters but felt a little lost in the rest of the narrative. Also not sure I’ve ever read a co-authored fiction book before, and if I hadn’t have known I couldn’t have told you that was the case.
Finished reading: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 📚
I devoured this. It is one of those rare books that’s as good as everyone says it is.
Finished reading: The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers 📚
Poetic. I really enjoy the characters and snapshots of their worlds that Benjamin Myers creates.
Finished reading: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers 📚
When I opened this book I was a little sad not to be continuing the journey with the crew of the Wayfarer. Then the story got going and I realised spending time getting to know Pepper and Sidra was going to be even better.
Finished reading: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 📚
Perfect holiday reading. I enjoyed this so much I’ve immediately started book two.
Finished reading: The Long Good-bye by Raymond Chandler 📚
This may be the start of a Raymond Chandler / classic detective fiction book binge.
Finished reading: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 📚
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the last week or so with Ove and I’m going to miss him. This one will stay with me a long while and I can see myself rereading it, which is rare for me.
Finished reading: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo 📚
Forgot I had to post about this for it to count towards my reading goal. It’s a charming YA novel about discovering who you are.
Currently reading: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 📚
Not far into this but can’t help feeling that it’s like an accessible version of Ducks, Newburyport
Finished reading: GREY BEES. by ANDREY. KURKOV 📚
How much I enjoyed this book and how much I cared for the bees really crept up on me. I’m going to miss starting my days with Sergey and his bees.
Currently reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman 📚
In anticipation of having more demands on my time when I start a new role at the end of the month, I’m finally sitting down to read this.
Finished reading: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 📚
Should have trusted my judgment and skipped this one. Me and Ishiguro don’t get on. The start was promising but after half way I was just waiting for it to be over.
Finished reading: Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan 📚
Subtle yet powerful, a gem of a book 💎
Finished reading: Ghost Town by Patrick McGrath 📚
Not really much to say about this collection. The stories clipped along but didn’t really move me in any direction.
Finished reading: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr 📚
I really enjoyed this. The evidence is how fast I read it - just a couple of weeks is record breaking for me for a book over 500 pages
Finished reading: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper 📚
Took me a little while to get into this. Lining it up for a re-read later in the year, feel the arrival of Spring didn’t fully allow me to get immersed in the atmosphere of midwinter.