On the 21st my library reopened to the public for limited browsing and computer use, so I no longer have blissfully solitary volunteering sessions and I have to wear a mask while I’m shelving. It’s only for a few hours a week, though, so it’s no great hardship – and it’s good that other people are getting to share the library love again.
This month my reading has focused on short stories and Women’s Prize winners, but I also picked up other recent releases, plus children’s books about cats and appealing memoirs.
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- Close to Where the Heart Gives Out: A Year in the Life of an Orkney Doctor by Malcolm Alexander
- A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by John Boyne
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
- When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
- Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co. #2) by Anna James
- Learning to Talk by Hilary Mantel
- First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
- Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
- The Tabitha Stories by A.N. Wilson
- A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
- Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, edited by Adam Kay
- Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting
- Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame
- Sisters by Daisy Johnson
- Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger
- How to Be Both by Ali Smith
- 33 Meditations on Death: Notes from the Wrong End of Medicine by David Jarrett
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ
- Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen
- What Have I Done? An Honest Memoir about Surviving Postnatal Mental Illness by Laura Dockrill
- House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman
- The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
- Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth
ON HOLD, TO BE PICKED UP
- English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James Rebanks
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- Just Like You by Nick Hornby
- Tilly and the Map of Stories (Pages & Co. #3) by Anna James
- Vesper Flights: New and Selected Essays by Helen Macdonald
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
- Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books by Hilary Mantel
- Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Jack by Marilynne Robinson
- Real Life by Brandon Taylor
- Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
- The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion by Christie Watson
- The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
- Persuasion by Jane Austen – This was for book club, but I completely failed to engage. I’m going to watch the 1995 film instead (and maybe skip the Zoom discussion this month).
- Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin – I was interested to compare this to Middlesex as it’s about an intersex teen named Max who has been raised as a boy. But I only made it 18 pages: Max’s voice is done well; his mum’s and little brother’s, not so much. Plus there was a pretty brutal scene that put me off reading further.
- The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré – Requested after me. I’ll get it out another time.
- The Hungover Games by Sophie Heawood – I expected an addiction memoir, but this seems to be a breezy tell-all by a minor celebrity journalist I’d never heard of.
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – I’ll save this novel about six friends who meet at summer camp for next summer.