Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts!

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It’s been another busy week at 746 Books and as I am clearly not organised enough to do a review, I’m doing one of these posts instead 🙂

  • It’s all about The OA round our house at the moment – have you seen it? Ooh, so exciting! A girl, Praire, is found alive after being missing for seven years. The twist? She was blind when she went missing and now she can see. What has caused this, and why does she need a band of 5 misfits to help her find ‘the others’? The OA is incredibly smart sci-fi and I can’t wait to see how it ends
  • Last week I had the privilege of meeting novelist Deirdre Madden when she came to HomePlace to chat about her work and her life growing up just down the road from HomePlace in Toomebridge. I’m a major fan of Madden’s work and reviewed Molly Fox’s Birthday here and it was such a treat to meet her.
  • I do love it when books and music meet and so far this month I’ve been listening non-stop to Max Richter’s new composition Woolf Works, the music to a new ballet triptych about the life of Virgina Woolf. Woolf Works is currently on at the Royal Opera House in London and the description on the website sounds amazing.

    Virginia Woolf defied the false order of narrative conventions to depict a heightened, startling and poignant reality. Woolf Works re-creates the synaesthetic collision of form and substance in her writings.

    The music is stunning. Do yourself a favour and have a listen!

A scene from Woolf Works



  • I am starting to get geared up for Reading Ireland Month next month and am prepping like mad. I was lucky enough to get sent a review copy of Lisa McInerney’s new book The Blood Miracles. A follow up to The Glorious Heresies, I can attest to the fact that it is just as good as its predecessor and will certainly cement McInerney’s reputation as a literary force to be reckoned with.
  • Finally, and most excitedly, I have managed to get tickets to hear the amazing George Saunders read at the Mountains to the Sea Festival in Dublin next month. He’ll be reading from his new book Lincoln at the Bardo and the hubbie has offered to buy me a copy so that I don’t break my book-buying ban….I’m a bit of a cheat, I know, but come on! It’s George Saunders! I have to get him to sign my book!
George Saunders,

Has anyone else been up to anything bookish, or not so bookish? Now that I’ve finished procrastinating, I should really go and write a proper review. Or watch another episode of The OA….


Cathy746books View All →

I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. Exciting week, Cathy!
    I have watched the first couple of episodes of The OA and enjoyed them. I plan to keep watching whenever I get a chance, it seems really good. I am a bit afraid that it will drag on, though, and that we will never get closure. It’s a nasty trend on series, they never seem to tell a story from beginning to end, the last episode always leave something open, if you know what I mean. I don’t watch many series these days because of that.

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  2. All very exciting! I’m editing and transcribing for other people’s books more than I’m reading my own pile at the moment but have a holiday soon where I can delve in, and have already started making a little pile …

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  3. I still have to review The Glorious Heresies, which I really enjoyed. It deserved to win the Women’s Prize. And now I am looking forward to reading the follow-up! I’ve actually looked through my book piles last weekend to start picking our Irish lit., so I am very happy to hear that Reading Ireland is happening again.

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  4. Well, I should hope your hubbie will be buying you a copy of the book – proper thing!
    Looking forward to hearing about The Blood Miracles (even though I haven’t read the first one yet)…

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  5. Hi Cathy! I enjoy these posts so keep them coming! I recently massively procrastinated and binge-watched the entire 1st season of Designated Survivor (Kiefer Sutherland on ABC) and the entire 1st season of The Affair (Showtime). Now I’m reading like mad to catch up on my book commitments – but no regrets!

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