Twenty-one posts published this month, so a really good month for blog content as in my head as long as I write at least one post a week I’m on my schedule and I’m doing well.
Twenty-one posts about gaming, cooking, art history, and writing, but not one book review… You know, the main reason this blog was setup in the first place 🙂
There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, I’ve hit a bit of a block when it comes to reading once more so rather than beat myself up about it I decided to just go with it, secondly, I’ve been closing down a lot of Tumblr and Blogger blogs and adding all the old posts and info to here to make this more of a general blog, and thirdly, I’ve put in a bit of a sprint across at indiebookshops.com with the help of Jack and Andy to get the map and list for UK and Ireland up to date and shiny so we can start adding all the info I’ve been collecting for the last couple of months.
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
A short but wonderful study into the life of a man who thinks he is doing everything right, wonderful character development for such a small piece of writing, loved Micah’s sisters and extended family.
This is the book that’s brought me to my target for the year, so no more reading for me… ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Open Book and Empty Cup by Iqbal Ahmed
A rambling exploration of London, Kashmir, writing, poetry, art, and Iqbal’s life and thoughts.
The weaving and juxtaposition of memory takes us down many different paths as these come to mind. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
Translated by Herbert Lomas, a strangely compelling road trip.
The narrative was extremely episodic with each adventure seemingly separate from the previous one, but it did twist back in the end.
Humorous, fantastical, and Finnish ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Forager’s Calendar by John Wright
A wryly humorous and highly informative seasonal exploration of the wild larder that is available in Britain with a very clear section about poisonous plants.
Elderflower Turkish Delight! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐