Reading and writing round-up (6 -12 July)

I was so busy watching the men’s Wimbledon final yesterday that I didn’t get chance to read anything, let alone post on my blog. The tennis was so exciting that I could not look away, not even for a minute. I loved it.

But last week wasn’t just about the tennis. I did manage to squeeze some reading in. Anne Tyler’s The Beginner’s Goodbye address the themes of life and loss. As soon as I started reading it I knew I was in the hands of an experienced writer. I will be writing and posting a review.

I started reading Fight the Good Fight, from vicar’s wife to killing machine by Catherine Fox, which is about the 45-year-old author’s mission to become a black belt in judo.

Last night we watched The Outcast on TV. I wanted to read the book by Sadie Jones first. I thought I’d bought it but I’m struggling to find it. My book room is so crammed full at the moment that when it didn’t jump out and shout hello, I had to admit defeat and watch the TV adaptation instead.

Books Bought

Nothing. I did, however, buy The Guardian which included the first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, and my mum passed on some of the books she’s been reading. They included Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black, which Mum says was good, but not as good as Setterfield’s first book, The Thirteenth Tale, which Mum absolutely loved (as did I).

Writing update

I didn’t do as much writing as I’d hoped this last week. I started a new short story and continued building texture for my running book. I also did a lot of thinking about my novel. I only did a bit of writing on my children’s book, and was disappointed not to do more. I celebrated the first anniversary of my running blog Champion Running. I did this by blogging about the past year in writing and running. You can read it here. In the blog I talk about how the death of my grandfather pushed me to prioritise writing and running.

I would love to know what you’ve been reading.


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