Weekly update: 20th August, 2017

What I’ve been reading

This week I’ve been reading A Monster by Violet by Laura Wake. I couldn’t put it down. It is so good. The review on the front says, ‘I actually held my breath,’ which is exactly what I found myself doing.


When I’d finished reading, I didn’t want to go straight into another novel, so I started Gary Duncan’s short story collection You’re Not Supposed To Cry. My plan was to read a couple of stories and then move on to a novel, but once you’ve read one story in this collection, you have to read more. I was hooked.


What I’ve been watching

The BBC programmes on India, Pakistan and partition have been incredibly moving. I ended up in tears most nights. One of my friends also shared her family’s experience of partition with me. I felt ignorant that I didn’t know much about it, and wanted to learn more, so obviously turned to books. I added three to my to read pile: Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry; and, of course, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. 

What I’ve been blogging

Not a lot this week, or for a while, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Cosy Corner Books and where I’d like to take it. For a long time, I’ve had to juggle the blog alongside my English literature degree, so haven’t had enough time to blog or read anything other than the set texts. Now the degree is over, I have more time to read and to blog. We’ll see how it goes.