If you cast your mind back to early June, you may remember I vowed to participate in Cathy’s “20 Books of Summer” challenge. Summer is, of course, over in the northern hemisphere and there’s a definite autumnal feel in the air, so I should really report on how I got on.
Life, unfortunately, got in the way (my job has become increasingly more hectic in recent months, with no let up in sight), so I only managed to make my way through 15 novels from my TBR.
The original list I posted got ditched somewhere along the way: I only read six books from it; the remaining nine were selected to suit my particular mood at the time, but all were from my TBR. In fact, most were ebooks. That’s because I bought a new Kindle in July and had to reorganise my library in the Cloud to get them to download on to the new device and in doing so I rediscovered a ginormous amount of novels I’d forgotten I’d purchased over the years.
Here’s what I read, in alphabetical order by author’s surname (links will take you to my review):
- Mr Bridge by Evan S. Connell
- The Devil’s Staircase by Helen Fitzgerald
- In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
- The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
- Provocation by Charlotte Grimshaw
- The Long Prospect by Elizabeth Harrower
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
- Beastings by Benjamin Myers
- Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault
- The Jesus Man by Christos Tsiolkas
- Why Rock the Boat by William Weintraub
- Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
- The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse
There were some real standouts in this list — Our Souls At Night, In a Strange Room, Beastings, The Long Prospect and The Jesus Man — and a couple of duds (Provocation and Instructions for a Heatwave), but overall I really enjoyed making my way through old novels in my TBR. Now, however, it’s time to bring on the new books!