Book Haul Time!
It’s a busy busy time at work – yet again! Exam marking and observations and stress. Much that gets in the way of reading! But equally much that reading can rescue you from! Nothing like escaping from that irksome stress with the pleasures of listening to George Washington Black’s escape from slavery into … into what? Into society I suppose. Shortlisted for the Man Booker, I thoroughly enjoyed Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black and intend to savour it for a few more days before reviewing it.
Less accomplished perhaps, but part of that wind down process for me was the new Robert Galbraith – J. K. Rowling – novel Lethal White. Revelations of murder from the confused memories of a troubled young man, a convoluted clumsily managed blackmail plot, the murder of a government minister – and the interminable will-they-won’t-they trope of Strike and Robin’s relationship.
Beyond that, I am continuing my quest to receive ARCs; having received an ARC of the gorgeous The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, I am continuing to bombard Penguin Random House with requests for Ali Smith’s new novel Spring, not released until March 2019.
And as we wait for these, I can dive into my recent book haul – time permitting – of Ben Aaronovitch’s Lies Sleeping (literally released today!) Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey, Becoming by Michelle Obama because it has been a while since I’ve read an autobiography, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and Melmoth by Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent.
And my new audiobook, having completed Washington Black? The Man Booker Lognlisted Normal People by Sally Rooney. This didn’t come with a sexual content warning! Felt myself quite flushed as I was driving! Oooooh!