Wednesday, 10 June 2015

April and May Reading

There have been times over the past four months where I have written several posts but haven't hit the 'post' button and I probably will never hit 'post' on them. There have been times where I have decided to go on a blogging hiatus, came home, sat with my laptop on my lap and changed my mind. Sorry, I'm here to stay.

Firstly, I haven't been able to read all of the books sent to me for review. I have quite a backlog, which I do hope to tackle but I apologise now if I don't review it.

Secondly, here are the books read in April and May. So double bonus!

April's reading
April reading
This book tells the fictionalised story of Hemingway's wives. This book book is full of glamorous settings in Paris, and passion. You can't help but find yourself being drawn into the story.

This isn't the greatest Coupland novel but it does make you think that as a human being you are not as crap as the protagonist plus I love the title of this book. Its not describing me, obviously.

This was a one of the Curtis Book book group novels. You can read my review here.

This little book is J.K. Rowling's speech to students graduating at Harvard University about the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. I would definitely recommend buying this book for someone in your life who has reached a turning point.

April's outings
Letters Live is an event where celebrities from the movies and the literary scene read letters ranging love letters between lovers during WWII, letters to the Guardian with regards to readers' pets and their political stance and letters to ex-wives. This event was bloody brilliant. Trust me, get tickets when this event next happens. You will not be disappointed!

May's reading
How to Become a Writer - Lorrie Moore
This is a short booklet of Moore's short story, and this special edition was published to celebrate the launch of Faber Modern Classics. This is a great story, and I'm glad I bought Moore's debut collection, Self-Help, for future reading.

A Reunion of Ghosts - Judith Claire Mitchell
This tells the story of three sisters as they deal with the sins of previous generations. This is a great book and reminded me of The Virgin Suicides. I'll be reviewing this book very soon.

The Household Spirit - Tod Wodicka
Wodicka's novel tells the story of neighbours, Emily and Howie, who have lived next door for years but have never spoken to each other. Both are suffering with personal tragedies and only they can save each other. I'll be reviewing this book soon.

May's outings
I went to my first Word Factory masterclass, held at Waterstones Piccadilly, and run by Stella Duffy. The workshop was amazing! There wasn't much writing done but there were lots of physical exercises about letting go of the inner critic and finding ways to stop those excuses and just write. I'm off to the Neil Gaiman workshop in June.

May's guest posts
Rosanna Ley popped by to take the Imaginary Bookshop Q&A in May. There are a few more guest posts lined up for the next couple of months.

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