Welcome to another month of WOYBS!
What have I enjoyed reading lately?
A real mix this month with new authors and different genres. I had some light reads with the latest in The Cornish Midwife series, and a great Bush Noir story from Hayley Scrivenor in Dirt Town. Our online bookclub finished Sense and Sensibility our third in our reading of Jane Austen’s catalogue. I enjoyed it and particularly loved watching the 1995 movie with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman – which I hadn’t seen before.
We also enjoyed our zoom baking session and made a delicious Dorset Apple Cake.
Book of the Month: The Woman in the Library
My book of the month is The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill. I included it in a blogging collaboration recently which you can read here on Carol’s Reading Ladies Bookclub blog – Summer’s one must read book 2022 (although it’s winter here). There are so many great recommendations from other bloggers, I picked up some new books to add to my ever-growing list!
It also helps that I know Sulari and have followed her writing adventure since the beginning.
Blurb on Goodreads:
In every person’s story, there is something to hide…
The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman’s terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who’d happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.
Award-winning author Sulari Gentill delivers a sharply thrilling read with The Woman in the Library, an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.
This was a very entertaining and compulsive book to read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I couldn’t put it down and admire Sulari’s talents even more than I did before. The Woman in the Library was very cleverly written and I didn’t pick the murderer until very near the end as events in the story kept changing my thinking. A great whodunnit very cleverly executed.
I happen to know Sulari and her family and this added to my enjoyment. I’ve been at many author talks where Sulari has been a guest and I am looking forward to the local launch of this in the Tumbarumba Library.
The Trauma Cleaner
My local bookclub read The Trauma Cleaner this month, unfortunately I missed the discussion which would have been very interesting! I found it hard to rate this book and ended up giving it 3 stars but I can’t explain why. I didn’t enjoy it as such but I wanted to finish it, maybe it was so far out of my comfort zone in many ways and it disturbed me??
Husband, father, drag queen, sex worker, wife. Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner is a love letter to an extraordinary ordinary life. In Sandra Pankhurst she discovered a woman capable of taking a lifetime of hostility and transphobic abuse and using it to care for some of society’s most in-need people.
I read this for our bookclub and wonder if I’d have read it otherwise? I have to say I’m glad I read it and I learnt a LOT from the true story of Sandra. I think I have lived a very protected life compared to that of Sandra. The story was traumatic and compelling, graphic and interesting. Some of it was hard to read at times and knowing that it was a true story made me wonder about the world we live in. Sarah Krasnostein was a compassionate story teller and obviously full of admiration for Sandra and all she’d been through and I too felt compassion for Sandra.
What books am I taking on my travels?
You may already know that I am off in a few day’s time, for a month’s holiday visiting my daughter and granddaughter in England. It’s been the most stressful time of any trip we’ve been on before, due to the increase in Covid cases and trying to keep ourselves healthy. All around us our family and friends have been falling ill and we’ve had to change plans for our final weekend with family in Canberra due to these unforeseen issues.
It didn’t help that I developed an eye problem just a week before we were due to leave but I’m on the mend now thankfully and will be fine to get on the plane! I was able to distract myself with my carry-on only packing experiment and I’m thrilled to say I’ve done it!
When I wrote my initial post about my packing challenge a lot of people offered comments, advice, suggestions and helpful recommendations for which I’m thankful.
One reader (a book blogger) was worried that I’d not mentioned what books I was taking! So I decided to make a list of what reading material I have organised, particularly for the long haul flights from Australia to London via Singapore and return.
I’ve downloaded a lot of books onto my kindle app on my iPad, with some audio books as well. I always take good headphones when I travel and find it’s a great way to listen to books when things are going on around me in the plane. Sometimes it can be hard to concentrate on reading the words in that environment.
Here are some of my Audible books (many of which were free to download):
- The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
- The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (our next online bookclub book)
- Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta (my sister recommended this to me ages ago)
- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- Able by Dylan Alcott (Australian of the Year 2022)
- Lisa by Lisa Curry
- The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
On my Kindle reading app I have these to choose from:
- A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin
- The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
- The Brewer’s Tale by Karen Brooks
I think you’ll agree that if I get through a fraction of these books in the time I’m away then I’m doing well. I have a real mix of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, crime, historical fiction and even sci-fi. So there you have it, my reading list is all lined up ready to go!
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr Seuss
Will you join us?
If you’re into reading, please feel free to join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately. We’ve added a linkup (at the end of my post) so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted about for the month as well.
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series.
You can read more from my stunning co-hosts here:
We’re all in this together, sharing our love of reading 🙂
I may be missing from the blogosphere for a bit as I’m not taking my Mac this time, I may use my iPad to blog or I may just have a break. I’ll see how I feel. My Word of the Year post will be scheduled for our link-up next Friday.
Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere).
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Linkup below, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. You can use the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
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