First, to get it out of the way, I need to remark how effing hot it is today: 40 degrees, currently.
An evil hot bushfire wind blowing too, so a very nasty day.
Books: I read Judith Lucy's Drink, smoke, pass out and Denise Scott's The tour.
They were both laugh out loud funny autobiographical tales for the most part ( but some pretty heart rending family stuff too), and I loved that I could really hear their voices in my head as I was reading.
Judith is a few years younger than me and Denise a handful of years older but their stories of growing up and being teenagers, then young women of the 70s and 80s totally resonated.
Judith's parents, like mine, died within ten months of each other and Denise's mum with Alzheimer's disease so, wow, did I ever relate to their writing about these things....
They are both "confessional' no holds barred tales and they are both so honest, with no spin given about their lives ( which normally puts me off reading autobiographies) I can highly recommend both as great reads.
Time to clean up my sidebar and record last year's books here, so I can start my new list:
Um - no.
My brain is fried and I can't seem to copy and paste it. Will get one of the kids to help when they return. OK. Done.
- Drink,smoke, pass out - Judith Lucy
- Habits of the house - Fay Weldon
- The Wilder life - Wendy McClure
- The twelve - Justin Cronin
- Venetian curiosities - Donna Leon
- Political animal: the making of Tony Abbott - David Marr (Quarterly essay)
- Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
- After the darkness - Honey Brown
- The weed that strings the hangman's bag - Alan C Bradley
- The casual vacancy - J.K. Rowling
- Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan
- Gaysia: adventures in the queer east - Benjamin Law
- The kingmaker's daughter - Philippa Gregory
- The engagement - Chloe Hooper
- We all fall down - Peter Barry
- The age of miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
- The woman who died a lot - Jasper Fforde
- The sweetness at the bottom of the pie - Alan C Bradley
- The lantern bearers- Rosemary Sutcliff
- What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank - Nathan Englander
- Broken Harbour - Tana French
- Behind the scenes at the museum - Kate Atkinson
- The shadow of death - James Runcie
- The snow child - Eowyn Ivey
- Gone girl - Gillian Flynn
- Whispers under ground - Ben Aaronovitch
- Howards End - E.M. Forster
- The silver branch - Rosemary Sutcliff
- Bring up the bodies - Hilary Mantel
- Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris
- The various haunts of men - Susan Hill
- The forest of hands and teeth - Carrie Ryan
- The doublet affair - Fiona Buckley
- The children of the King - Sonya Hartnett
- Death come to Pemberley - P.D James
- The house at midnight - Lucie Whitehouse
- The rebellion of Jane Clarke - Sally Gunning
- Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens (reading)
- The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff
- A difficult young man - Martin Boyd
- Religion for atheists - Alain de Botton
- The Julius house - Charlaine Harris
- Rival to the Queen - Carolly Erickson
- The Bellwether revivals - Benjamin Wood
- Believing the lie - Elizabeth George
- Three bedrooms, one corpse - Charlaine Harris
- The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner
- The lady and the unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
- A bone to pick - Charlaine Harris
- The autobiography of Alice B Toklas - Gertrude Stein (gave up at page 100: unfinished!)
- V is for vengeance - Sue Grafton
- The diary of a provincial lady - E.M. Delafield
- Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
- Catching fire - Suzanne Collins
- Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell
- Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
- Why be happy when you could be normal? - Jeanette Winterson
- The hunger games - Suzanne Collins
- Real murders - Charlaine Harris
- Housewife superstar - Danielle Wood
- The leftovers - Tom Perrotta
I read 59 and I/4 books ( a couple of long essays in there).
The quarter is Nicholas Nickleby.
The only one which defeated me after 100 pages was Gertrude Stein. Sorry, Gertrude.