It’s Monday again. Funny how that happens every seven days or so… but it means it’s time to share my week in books.
I had a bit on last week so hadn’t set the bar terribly high. Which (in retrospect) was a good thing as I love being an over-achiever!
As planned I read Five by Austrian writer Ursula Archer which I really enjoyed. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect to, but I sometimes struggle with translations and relatability. (Which I realise is a ‘me-thing’ and not the fault of the author!) I also received and read Five Fires (a novella) by Laura Lippman. I’ve read a heap of her novels and was surprised to see this pop up on NetGalley. In fact I was so excited and intrigued I read it straight away. And I’ve already reviewed it on Goodreads and Amazon.
I also received three real books last week, the first of which I’ve started as it’s already out. Christos Tsiolkas’s Merciless Gods is a collection of short stories. I’ve only read a couple but am enjoying it more than his much-lauded novel, The Slap (which everyone but me seemed to enjoy!).
On the blog last week I wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek post about being in a foul mood and hating everything and everyone! I shared some pics of my place for my Wordless Wednesday post. And I reviewed The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, which is an entertaining new read.
I am sad to say I had a bad week when it came to my NaNoWriMo writing as I didn’t write for FOUR entire days last week. I rallied on Sunday however and am now at almost 23,000 words – just under my goal at the halfway point.
I also went away for a couple of days for an early celebration of my SIL’s birthday and had my first Christmas gathering. (On that note, is it just me or is it WAY too early to be celebrating Christmas?!)
As well as finishing Merciless Gods, I plan to get to one of my other new arrivals, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – which is also already out.
And via NetGalley I’ve just received Case Closed by Jan Burke, which is out in a couple of days. (As an aside, back when I visited the library I would spend ages on the Bs… Baldacci, Barclay, Brockmann, Brookner, (Sandra) Brown and Burke x 3.)
Hopefully I’ll get to something else AND catch up on my NaNoWriMo writing. I reached 30k words on a YA novel I started years ago so I’d like to at least get further than that this time around!
What’s on your reading (or life) agenda for the next week?
Linking with Sheila from The Book Journey as usual.