Not many books read in September...
But I finished redrafting my novel, and I've sent it to a few agents (cross your fingers and toes for me), and I've finally cracked the shell of short story that has been driving me around the bend for two years. Yes, two bloody years - the structure and the voice was wrong but I think I'm now on the right path.
I'm now having a crisis of 'what if I can never write another novel again' - it's really fun. The same thoughts go around in my head, one minute saying that I can still write and then there's the other side telling me that I'm done and I should stick to reading. Tell me you all have inner voices and that I haven't cracked? Please?
Anyway, books read in September....
Madame Bovary of the Suburbs - Sophie Divry (translated by Alison Anderson)
Sophie Divry, author of the fantastic The Library of Unrequited Love, tackles Madame Bovary with a modern retelling of a woman who moves through life, successful with a job, family, children and friends but is frustrated and bored told in the second-person narrative. Divry uses this narrative to pull the reader into the story, implicating them into the affairs of the narrator. This is a book full of dark humour and compelling.
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
On the surface this is a courtroom drama, telling the story of the trial of Kabuo Miyamoto who has been accused of the murder of Carl Heine on the small island of San Piedro, Puget Sound, Washington but this is more than a who done it. This is a book about a the conflicts in a small, close-knit island community, tenses between the Japan and America post WWII. This book is full of rich details and characterisation.
The Little Book of Hygge - Meik Wiking
I've been dipping in and out of this book for several months, and I've finally finished it and it turns out hygge was 'so last season' - must read faster. This stylish little book is full of ways to live a happy life just like the Danish. Blankets, cosy nights, candles, comfort food - all of the things I already enjoy. Turns out I've been 'hygge' for years and I think I'm going to celebrate this fact with buying yet another candle.