Just finished volume 2 of short stories by a local author Neil James. I have read volume 1 and they are very good. Nothing too complicated and some are funny. Makes for light hearted reading. I’m reading books recommended by friends that I’ve had sitting around for a while.. the Salt Path by Raynor Winn nonfiction which I found so interesting and full of hope yet my husband found it depressing.. we all react differently I guess. Also Kate Mortimer’s “ The Forgotten Garden” and now Ive just started reading Jane Carols “Accidental Feminist”. Full of humour and so relatable to a baby boomer.
I can read one non-fiction book and one novel at the same time, but not two fiction books at the same time. Right now, I am reading Ray Davies' (The Kinks) "Americana" all about the English rocker's love/hate affair with the USA (from the 1960's - to now) and Anita Shreve's "The Weight of Water". I love Anita Shreve - everything I've read of hers up to now, has been hard to put down - but I am finding this book jumps around too much. There is no delineation between the past (1800's) and the present narrative. You are reading along in the 1800's, and in the next paragraph you are in the 20th century...back and forth, back and forth. Somewhat jarring.
It's been over 5 months and we are still socially distancing in many places in the world. I’m still trying to reduce my TBR piles. This is the list of books I have finished and/or have started since my last post.