That time of the week again—time to share my weekly reading and chat about life in general. I should also mention… life as a book blogger (even when it’s just a hobby) can be a bit lonely, so I enjoy participating in these weekly link-ups and appreciate the opportunity to engage with other
equally obsessive like minded book bloggers.
What I read
I started the week with a bang, reading The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (in a night), as planned; and then Luckiest Girl Alive by Cosmopolitan / SELF editor Jessica Knoll.
LGA features one of the more unlikable characters I’ve come across in a while. And she’s not even psycho/sociopathic; just VERY class conscious in a world where I forget that stuff still exists. Fortunately Knoll intends for us to struggle with her lead character so the book delivers despite / because of that. The book’s out in early June so I’ll be blogging about it in a few weeks.
And finally I had to admit defeat again. First Hillary’s foray into foreign affairs (last week) and this week it’s Polly Samson’s The Kindness. I’d actually started this book a week or two ago and put it aside, thinking I needed a change in mindset, but after a second attempt I’m afraid it’s going on my DNF (did not finish) pile. It’s well-written, but I didn’t (or couldn’t?) engage with the characters and the plot was messy. I usually appreciate books written in multiple timeframes… however, I found I didn’t care enough to focus in this case. I think it’s a book for those whose reading proclivities centre more on the prose than the plot.
What I wrote
I reviewed Baby, It’s You by Joanne Tracey – a chick lit novel I loved. I’ve described its lead character as a more evolved and higher-functioning Bridget Jones and the book manages to touch on a heap of the author’s favourite things—music, food, travel, renovations, Melbourne and bucket lists.
Other stuff I did
I saw the very beautiful award-winning Polish film, Ida at a local foreign film night. It was stunningly shot and the lead character (who’d never acted before) was ridiculously beautiful.
Unfortunately I failed to write / pitch any other articles for publication after my initial success but am determined I’ll do something this week.
What I’m reading this week
I’ve had a couple of new arrivals in the past two weeks. In addition to 2-3 ebooks I’ve got some great hard copies to look forward to.
And that’s it from this not-so-little book blogger for this week.
What’s on your agenda for this week?