The Week in Books

It’s certainly been a hectic but exciting couple of months. I’ve been busy with work and my own writing and then there was the Hell on the Humber, a 12-hour endurance race that I had no intention of taking part in, but ended up running after one of the team dropped out.

It completely exhausted me. At 10am I’m usually in bed with a good book, so to stay up all night was a real effort in itself. Thankfully the race is over, and I can look forward to a few weeks of uninterrupted reading. I’ve warned Chris not to spring any more endurance races on me!

This week I’m looking forward to reading The Cry of the Go-Away Bird by Andrea Eames. I found this book during a trip to my local library. It’s narrated by 12-year-old Elise who is growing up in Zimbabwe. Eames was born in Zimbabwe and draws on her own experience. I love African literature so I’m keen to get started with this book. andrea eames

Next month I start the Open University’s 19th Century Novel degree module, which I’m really excited about. I’ve wanted to do this course for a long time. It’s the last year they’re running it, so I had to do it. The first book on my reading list is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. The reading list is huge so I will have to make more time for reading. And I’m not just talking a few hours here or there. I will need days at a time to get through all the reading. Middlemarch, Germinal, Dombey and Son are just some of the big reads on the list. I can’t wait!

A while ago I set myself a short story challenge to try to read one a day. Now that things are less hectic I can resume my short story reading. Claire Keegan’s Foster is the first on my list.

Happy reading!

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