Books

2017 Reflections: Books – Fiction

To kick off my literary reflections for 2017, here are my favourite fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)

The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it. Blurbs are either from the back of the book, or from Amazon.

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Books

Four Satisfying Novels For A Sunday Afternoon

I need time alone the way other people need air.

(I also need air. I’m not a robot, contrary to popular opinion.)

From the beginning of February to the end of April, I did not have a single 24-hour period when I was alone the whole time. Frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t totally crack up, what with builders building and people staying and flying around Europe and conferencing and working and…

I needed a break.

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Books

Those times when you accidentally buy an excellent book

There was something about it that jumped out at me. I’d told myself I wasn’t going to buy any more books for a while, because my to-read pile (well, my three to-read piles, if we’re being accurate) is really rather large.

But the title – beside myself, all in lower-case font – and the bright blue cover, and the little stick person on the side, intrigued me.

Oh well, I thought, why not?

And I got home, and I was tired because things are tiring at the moment, and I ran a bath, and I thought, Maybe I’ll read the nice new book instead of the forensics book that’s next on my list.

So I did. And it was Good.

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Travel

Charlie Tuesday Gates is having a studio clearout sale and it’s amazing

This morning I got up late, having gone for a nine-mile walk last night, and I was curled up in a chair, working in my pyjamas, when I received the following message from my BFF.

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