Mini Update Sticky Post: August 16, 2019

New reading projects underway mean that I am spending time with Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. As well as rereading a few of Guy Gavriel Kay’s early novels, having just finished reading his latest.

And I’ve got a terrific excuse to explore Dominique Fortier’s earlier works with an eye to reviewing hew new novel about Emily Dickinson, Paper Houses, for a feminist magazine later this year. (I was keen because I loved Wonder so much.)

Off my own shelves, I’m reading Jon McGregor’s Even the Dogs and Charles Palliser’s The Quincunx. And recent library loans include Nazanine Hozar’s Aria (2019) and Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love (2010).

This summer I’m also reading a bunch of books that my late friend Barbara recommended to me over the years, including a Linwood Barclay mystery (after I recommended him to her!), and some Elizabeth Strout novels (most recently, Olive Kitteridge).

So many books to talk about! Including what’s currently in my bookbag, notebook, stacks and reading log.

Reading Mavis Gallant, one story at a time, being nearly finished with Overhead in a Balloon. (Next up: October, In Transit.)

How about you: what are you reading these days, and what are you looking forward to reading soon?

(First time here? Please don’t be shy: there’s no such thing as too much bookchat! Please leave a comment, say hello, talk books!)