Hope you’re having a good start to the week. Normally, on a Monday evening I would be out running, but seeing as though I have a race this week, I’m having a day off! In fact, we both are. I’m updating my book blog, and Chris is reading the paper. Then we are both going to spend the evening reading!
So, here’s a quick update about last week.
What I’ve been reading
I’m still in the nineteenth century. Last week my focus was on The Woman in White, Madame Bovary and Heart of Darkness.
What I’ve been writing
Essays, essays and more essays. They are taking over my life. However, I am managing to work on my book. I’ve set myself a target of 500 words a day. I’ve also been blogging here, and on my running and wedding blogs.
What I’ve been watching
I’ll admit that I’ve not quite given up TV. We’ve been enjoying Undercover, Line of Duty, and the OJ Simpson programme that’s now finished. On Saturday night we also watched a Liam Neeson film, but not the one where he has a particular set of skills, another one, where he didn’t so much want the skills he had – being an assassin! Chris has just informed me it was called Unknown. We fell asleep before the ending, but that’s not a reflection on Liam!
What I’ve been buying (book shopping)
I couldn’t resist some book buying when my Mum and I went shopping. I bought The Loney, which I’ve already told you about, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas, and Louis de Bernieres The Dust that Falls from Dreams.
The Fishermen is set in a small town in Western Nigeria. I may have mentioned before that I love African literature. I seem to be drawn to it. Anyway, four young brothers use their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the older brother will be killed by another. This prophecy breaks their strong bond and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions. I can’t wait to get started.
I bought The Seed Collectors because I’m a fan of Scarlett Thomas’s writing. I absolutely loved The End of Mr Y.
This coming week I will be reading The Awakening. I’ve also just had an email from my Comma Press short story tutor who’s told the group to go mad this month and read as many short stories as possible. I will certainly do my best.
What are you reading this week?