As the year wraps up, my mind starts turning to those lists. I am compiling my own list – in my head for now – and deciding on the categories. Like last year I’ll group things according to not just books, because let’s face it, even for the most hard-core readers – and writers – life does sometimes (only sometimes) include other things. My year has been ‘mixed’ (that’s putting it with a kind, neutral spin on it).
I am deep in my proof pages for the next novel.
I am deep in the planning for when I leave again in just over two weeks, for take 2 to the northern climes.
It is going to be so cold so all my browser windows are open to coats, gloves, faux fur hats. Where to try to have an old-style Christmas in Moscow. Where to have New Year’s drinks in St Petersburg. What to do in a blizzard. Ten things not to do in Russia. Are the cabs safe?
Did you know there are touch-screen GLOVES?
I’ll post once more before the end of the year and it’ll be my version of the lists.
Until then, here is my recentish reading list:
Tim Winton’s The Boy Behind the Curtain | re-read of Dorothy Porter’s The Monkey’s Mask | Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem | Grief is the Thing With Feathers (reading now) | Some Tests Wayne Macaulay (reading now) | Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning | Woman of Substances Jenny Valentish | The Imaginary Girlfriend John Irving | The Last Interview Ernest Hemingway | Men Explain Things to Me Rebecca Solnit | Transit and Outline Rachel Cusk | Michelle de Kretser’s The Life to Come
Some of the above are unfinished. I just can’t settle very well to reading at the moment.
Anyone else have that problem?
Oh, and a reminder: the final Bad Diaries Salon is on next Wednesday 6 December. I know it’s a busy time of year or everyone but it will be GREAT. Readers are: Jane Rawson, Patrick Allington, Bram Presser, Alice Robinson and Jo Case. Details are on the facebook page, or find me on twitter and ask.