I won’t lie. This week has been a bit of a struggle and I thought of skipping this post for a week, but as always, some little rays of sunshine brightened up some otherwise cloudy days.
- It’s autumn in Belfast, my favourite shop at my favourite time of year.
- I know I harp on about Desert Island Discs a bit, but Samantha Morton was on this week and I wept my way through her inspiring interview. “There’s so much joy in the world. You just have to look for it”. Indeed.
- I really enjoyed taking part in the 1956 Club this week – I do love reading all the blog posts and finding out about books I hadn’t heard of before. Well done to Karen and Simon for another great week!
- Paul Heaton was getting the love on Twitter this week, for his very generous donation to Q Magazine staff, which led me to listen to The Housemartins on endless repeat this weekend. If this doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what will.
- We made American Pancakes for brunch on Saturday and they were delicious!
- This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Louise Glück – a very worthy winner. The Wild Iris is one of my favourite poetry collections.
- Kevin Bacon always cheers me up and this interview was fantastic. The movie adaptation of You Should Have Left looks less fantastic but I might watch it anyway.
- I was having a rummage in the roofspace (as you do!) and came across most of my very well read Martin Amis collection. I’ve been dying to reread Money and London Fields to see how I feel about them over 25 years on!
So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!