Thoughts and other Miscellany

2016 reading so far (might be most of it for the year)

<<mandatory “gosh it’s been a while since I posted. Baby stuff” disclaimer>>

So in 2016 I’ve had busy season again (this time as a parent working specific hours – which is tough because sometimes you need to work overtime and you just can’t), got promoted, got a different role, quit my job and am about to start a new one.

I have not read much.

In quick summary, and doubtless with omissions:


I’ve read

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes

Reading Claudius – Caroline Heller

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

The 3 Cormoran Strike novels – J K Rowling

On our current holiday (weekend away at Centerparcs, to the American spelling of which I struggle to reconcile myself) I have zipped through 54% of J M Coetzee’s The Schooldays of Jesus. It was Booker-longlisted, but it must be a very short book because it hasn’t felt like I’ve read 54% of a novel. The Guardian does not love it and tells me that it is a sequel? I wasn’t suffering from not having read the first one I don’t think… anyway, it’s readable enough.

I have started or read most of but not finished:

This Bleep Is Hard – Marie McKinney Oates

Unfinished Business – Anne-Marie Slaughter

Howard’s End is on the Landing – Susan Hill

and I’ve been dipping in and out of Gretchen Rubin’s 3 most recent books (The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better than Before).

I’m reading almost entirely in audiobook and e-book form these days. Kindle was for when Bookmark had fallen asleep in my arms but wasn’t totally asleep yet and I couldn’t put her down and is now for when Bookmark is falling asleep in her bed but will scream the house down if I leave the room, so I sit and read on my phone. Audible/Oneclick (the library’s audiobook app) is for any time I’m walking or doing housework.

This year has been full of DNFs. Or rather – “opened and read 2 chapters and gave up”s.

I did not enjoy Spectacles, which really surprised me because I love Sue Perkins – it was much less funny than I thought it would be. And slow. I’ve also abandoned Losing Faith, The Butterfly and the Violin and Shooting for the Stars on the Kindle – I suspect they were NetGalley copies and they just weren’t good enough; the writing was pretty cliched.


Thoughts? Anything big I’ve missed this year?


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