Now that my exams are over I’m looking forward to a summer of reading. I’ve got lots of novels, memoirs and short stories on my to read pile. Before I start blogging about these books, I wanted to update you on last week.
What a good week it was!
On Tuesday I finished my exam on the nineteenth century novel, part of my English Literature degree. I’m pleased to say it went really well. We celebrated by having a meal out and booking a holiday in the sun. Chris and I have been very busy lately, so we’re looking forward to a week’s holiday. Chris is also a keen reader, so there will be lots of reading.
The first book I picked up after my exam was E Lockhart’s We Were Liars, a young adult title. I will be reviewing this shortly.
On Thursday I went to my final Comma Press short story group. The editor of Comma Press also attended, which was great in itself, but he also brought books with him. Free books! I came away with David Constantine’s The Shieling, Jane Rogers’ Hitting Trees with Sticks, and The BBC National Short Story Award 2013.
Saturday was a busy day. We took part in a 72-mile off-road relay race around the Barnsley Boundary, so were too tired to read anything.
On Sunday it was the local village gala. There’s always a good book stall at the gala. I got a bag full of books for the bargain price of £4. Here are my purchases.
- Karen Maitland The Vanishing Witch
- Jo Baker Longbourn
- Laura Esquivel Like Water for Chocolate
- Mary Webb Precious Bane
- Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See
- Annie Proulx Bad Dirt
- Caroline Taggart 500 Words You Should Know
- Jane Shemilt The Drowning Lesson
- Haruki Murakami Sputnik Sweetheart
In my writing, I started a new short story in response to a competition with the theme espionage. I also wrote a few thousand words on my running memoir.
This week I’m reading Claire Keegan’s short story, Foster. I’d love to know what you’re reading. Any recommendations?