And so, the end is here, it’s time to…eat, my final gyros. Tomorrow my friends I get back on that plane and will be heading back to England (are you sunny still? What book buzz have I missed?!) I will then be straight back into work on the Monday and already anticipate the shock I will feel at looking around the display table and seeing all of the new titles that have managed to arrive in the 10 days I have not been there. Landing back in the homeland will also coincide with the day that will find all you Potter fans buried deep within ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’, I’m intrigued to see how so many youngsters who were caught in the reading net through the bait of Potter will find the experience of reading a play instead of a novel, I will be getting a copy and reading it of course, I just can’t miss out on the magic!
This is a more general post for you all, no review as such. I’ve been thinking of doing a catch up post each month or so of all the books I have recently read, I don’t review everything I read for a whole host of reasons (mainly that I have to work, eat, clean and actually read the books) but if you guys are interested I can do a little sum up with a general thumbs up or thumbs down? I’ve read two more books since my last post (from my ma’s holiday selection) that I had no plan to review but it is nice to mention.
First up was ‘Swimming Home’ by Deborah Levy. You may remember a while back I reviewed her newest fiction here and that I am also a HUGE fan of her poem (or amazing argument on paper as I like to think of it!) ‘An Amorous Discourse in the Suberbs of Hell’. It was good timing I picked up this past work, which was short listed for the Booker, as a matter of hours after I had started it this years longlist appeared online and there she is again for ‘Hot Milk’. Levy is an incredibly literary writer, always experimenting with imagery within her prose, often drawing on myth or the musings of great philosophers. This is a wisp of a novel, looking at a family who hire out a villa in France for the summer hoping for peace but falling seriously short. An already strained marriage is put under more pressure when a young woman invades their space, a woman who has a penchant for botany and…walking around naked. This is an intense read with characters who I felt should have question marks over their heads I was doubting their motives so much. This novel impressed me but I’m not sure I totally enjoyed it, more appreciated it, and if you like novels that have a plot that is rounded up then this may not be for you.
Now for my usual book photo I hope there is world wide appreciation for this one, my darling nephew Niko sunk himself under the water here, raising the book high AND managed to keep it dry, a total star!
Next was something I have been looking forward to for a looong time, two years to be precise! Over on this beautiful Greek island back in 2014 I fell head over heals with ‘The Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson, good god it’s perfection. My friend and work colleague, Ed, has always insisted that ‘The Summer Book’ is even better and I do trust Ed implicitly with book business, he is something of a magician when it comes to finding the right book for an individual I swear, I’ve worked with him for two and a half years and I have never bored of watching/listening to him talk books – I’m learning from the best. And once again I fell, this story of Sophie and her grandmother living on their small island, one moment best friends and the next unable to stand the sight of each other is too sumptuously gorgeous for words. Tove Jansson is authorly perfection. I mean listen to this as they discuss their terribly independent cat who will not cuddle Sophia…
“It’s funny about love,” Sophia said. “The more you love someone, the less he likes you back.”
“That’s very true,” Grandma observed, “And so what do you do?”
“You go on loving,” said Sophie threateningly. “you love harder and harder.”
Her grandmother sighed and said nothing.
I could read this again already but I must confess, I think ‘The Winter Book’ tops it for me still, but just by a slither, sorry Ed!
For the flight home I have chosen ‘All My Puny Sorrows’ by Miriam Toews, this has been out for well over a year and it’s another book I’ve been really looking forward to, I have a gut feeling this will be one I’m wanting to review!
As mentioned above it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the site as much as I want to, so I hope you excuse the sporadic nature of my postings…and if you’ve made it this far through this post, 1) well done but also 2) postings really might be a tad more spread out now. I have spent most of my life commenting on the books I read in some way or another, now the time has came to mix things up a little, *deep breath*, gang, I’m starting work on my own novel. Who knows how this will go, if I’ll fall at one of the many hurdles and if I’ll go slightly insane trying to fit this in and around work we shall see, but I thought it would be nice to share the news with you Dog Eared Readers. If you guys would like I can keep you up to date with how that is going, but only if it is something you would be interested in, let me know by the usual methods, comment below, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @dogeared_reads
Until next time folk, happy reading!