Blank diary day ...
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)
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".