Blank diary day ...

One of many book shelves in our home.

It is really soul refreshing to have a some time to myself. I love it when I look at the diary for tomorrow .... any tomorrow ... and there it is, blank! Vita Sackville-West once wrote: "Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens".  I can relate to that feeling. Although, on days that start out "blank diary day" all sorts of wonderful little things happen.

So, on this "blank diary day" I spent a little time gathering book titles of recent reads. I compiled this list for my Journal, and, as you can't read my journal I thought I would share some books with you. Some are from The Sister's Bookclub I share with my three sisters:


Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

The Moreville Hours, Katherine Swift fabulous thank you Georgia

The Weekend, Charlotte Wood really enjoyed this book

And Every Word is True (re. Capote’s In Cold Blood), Gary McAvoy

Whole Notes, Ed Ayres

American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

The Light Between Oceans, M L Stedman

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Saturday, Ian McEwan

Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton enjoyed this book

The Silent Listener, Lyn Yeowart 

State of Terror, Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton a nice little action/thriller romp from two people in the know

Coal Creek, Alex Miller

Phosphorescence, Julia Beard didn’t like this book at all

Code Name Helene, Ariel Lawhon good book!

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (again)

Scary Monsters, Michelle de Kretser

Still Life, Sarah Winman really enjoyed this book

Tilt, Chris Hammer always a good read Chris Hammer

The Islands, Emily Brugman

Less, Andrew Sean Greer, really enjoyed this book

Limberlost, Robbie Arnott

On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong great book, best read of the year

The Lamplighters, Emma Stonex

The Frenchman, Jack Beaumont

Homecoming, Kate Morton

Dark Arena, the Frenchman series, Jack Beaumont

Stone Yard Devotional, Charlotte Wood

Iris, Fiona Kelly McGregor

Masterclass, Morris West

My Antonia, Willa Catha (again) love this book

The Thursday Murder Club Book 1, Richard Osman

The Seven, Chris Hammer loved this book

Lola in the Mirror, Trent Dalton

Everyone in my Family Killed Someone loved this book

Bulldozed: Scott Morrison, Nikki Savva

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life, Anna Funder OMG what a book!

Snow Country, Sebastian Faulks

The Seventh Son, Sebastian Faulks

The Wintringham Mystery: Cicely Disappears, Anthothy Berkeley & Tony Medawar

Wolfe Island, Lucy Treloar
Bruny, Heather Rose

Outback, Patricia Wolfe

The Rush, Michelle Prak

The Fire and the Rose: Robyn Cadwallader

The Bookbinder of Jericho Pip Williams great book!

The Katharine Code, Jørn Horst

When it Grows Dark, Jørn Horst

Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art, James Nestor really loved this book on breathing, great insights



Chief Inspector Gamache, Louise Penny every single one, love them to bits and I crave the next one!

On the Fens, Joy Ellis

A Deadly Scandal: The Deadly Series, Kate Parker

The Åre Murders, series Viceca Sten

An Oxford Murder Mystery (Briget Hart series) M S Morris

My Name is Jensen, Heidi Amsinick

All the Vatican Secret Library books 1 – 7, Gary McAvoy love them for pure escapism!

Lake District Mysteries, Rebecca Tope

William Warwick Series, Jeffrey Archer great little reads 

Other authors I love in general:

Richard Flanagan (such insight)

Helen Garner (such insight)

Jane Harper (great Australian fiction)

Ruth Ware (lots, she spins an easy yarn)

Michael Rowbotham (always intriguing and frenetic)

Val McDermid

Anne Cleeves

Joy Ellis

Ken Follett (always historically huge and interesting great yarn spinner)

 .... ah, there are way too many really special authors.


This sort of covers it even though I know there are a few more. I do love reading. On occasion I read an actual hard copy book, that special must have book to touch and feel the words though mostly the books listed here are my everyday listen-to unabridged books. I listen while walking - now I can walk again that feels good - while I am ironing, cooking and the most relaxing of all, while I am painting. 

"My hands are always busy, making, doing things".

I can't however, listen at all while I am writing. To concentrate on my calligraphy is paramount. It is a completely different environment for my creativity. Even as I concentrate I get lost in the words and the work just flows. That in itself is equally as rewarding. 

Of course not all, but most of these books are intriguing, mysterious or crime fiction. I love clever writers. I love the mystery of the puzzle. "Here are the facts reader, work it out"!

And then there are the art books. I'll leave those for another "blank diary day". 


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