I have been very slack on the blog for the last few weeks and the old reading schedule has gone out the window a bit too. This is mainly because my little sister is home from New Zealand for a month long visit and as she hasn’t been home in 4 years, there is a lot of catching up to do!
We had a lovely trip to London filled with shopping, galleries and cocktails! We saw the Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the fabulous Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy and bought beautiful fabric at Liberty.
During an evening walk down The Cut, we stumbled upon the fantastic Calder Bookshop and Theatre, which specialises in theatre books. THEATRE BOOKS. Books are bad enough for me, but theatre books? It’s like catnip! Seeing my palpitations, my sister took pity on me and bought me an early birthday present. The girl knows me well…
The Blog Awards Ireland also happened while I was on my trip and the pain of not winning was considerably lessened by the fact that I was drinking mimosas on the South Bank as my name wasn’t announced!
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to win – I was just so delighted to make the final list. A big congratulations to the blogs that did win though – Irish in the American Civil War; A Patchwork Quill and Scannan– they are fantastic sites and well worth a read.
Congratulations also to my pal Niall (and co-host of Reading Ireland Month) at The Fluff is Raging, whose short story ’19 Ways to Say I Love You’ won the Hennessey new Irish Writing in the Irish Times this month. You can read it here.
I have still been reading though. I devoured Tender by Belinda McKeon, a fantastic story of an all comsuming friendship between Catherine and James set at Trinity College in the 90s. It is a wonderful book – beautifully written, immediately recognisable and totally un-put-down-able!
I’ll save the review for Reading Ireland month in 2016. I’m also halfway through The Thirteenth Tale, but still waiting for it to really grab me and I am also reading Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.
So hopefully the site will be slightly more busy this month, I’ll get back to reading all your wonderful blogs and the 746 pile will be a few books smaller. Well, that’s the plan anyway!
What are you all reading at the moment? Do you find that life has a tendency to get in the way of books?!
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!