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Holiday Reading Update

Hello all, again it has been a while. I seem to be a feast or famine kind of blogger, but I am getting internet in my flat (finally!) which will make my life an awful lot easier, and my blog a lot more content-filled.

I decided to do a quick round-up review of the books I read on holiday as it has been a few weeks now. I had a wonderful holiday, and lots of much-needed relaxation was enjoyed. The first week was pretty hot (averaging 44°C some days), and I struggled to concentrate whilst I was acclimatising. The second week was moderately cooler and much more bearable (about 39°C) and allowed me to up my reading speed.

I am slightly ashamed to say I only read 4 books on holiday, in fact, arguably only 3 as the third was finished on my return. My boyfriend will never let me live down the fact that he read more books than I did. On his list were James Kelman’s How late it was, how late, Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Down the Rabbit Hole, Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. And he even had time to start on Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

I started with the epic (in size and yarn) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and to be honest, if we’re going by page count, I definitely read more. But that’s by the bye…I’m not bitter, I know it wasn’t a competition. But still…

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What to read this week?

I can’t decide what to read this week, there are a few contenders and each of them sound brilliant! I imposed a buying books ban on myself as I have so many on my shelf and bedside table waiting to be read. I keep getting books out of the library though (shocking!) and they seem to be dominating my book-reading choices lately.

I get internet next week – hurrah! So can finally start dedicating more time to blogging. In the meantime I am at the library where, for once, the internet is behaving impeccably.

So today’s the day for a quick update and a couple of reviews.

On my to-be-read pile I have Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, Nicole Krauss’s Great House, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, as well as Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française and Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale which I didn’t quite manage to read on holiday. Any recommendations on the listed books?

I am also brushing up on my grasp of English grammar and punctuation this week, and working on my proof-reading skills. To help me out, I have Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation and Trevor Horwood’s Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing: A Guide. Quite geekily looking forward to it!

What are you reading this week?

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