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A letter and a prayer & Stack em high for Summer.. books that is!

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A letter and a prayer

This one is enroute with a batch of other new paintings to the Tallantyre Gallery in Northumberland. Their summer show kicks off this week.

a letter and a prayer 60cm x60cm oil on canvas


Stack em’ high for Summer…books that is!

This year’s been a fallow year for me on the reading front. Not because I haven’t read anything good but more because I didn’t feel up to much reading. Quite unlike me really, but I’m glad to say I’m back in the saddle and am possibly a little over enthusiastic for it.

Usually I buy (or borrow) my books one at a time. But around this time of year I get to pile them up for the few months ahead.

My bookclub choose a few to see us through the holidays, usually with a few lighter books for the beach. And I’ll usually add in a few more to the pile.

There’s usually more time in the Summer for reading or maybe it just seems like there is and anyway there’s nothing worse than not having something good to read.

So I love it when the summer books begin to arrive with a thump on the mat and I get to stack them high. How absolutely wonderful. I don’t know which I enjoy more, looking at the big pile of books at the beginning of the Summer, that I have yet to read or looking at the big pile of books at the end of the Summer, that I have already read.

Here’s some of this year’s stack.

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Some of these are the book club picks, I’ll reread one or two from previous years. I’ve already read some of this Summer’s batch, one of which is The Apartment by Greg Baxter (well worth reading). There’s two not here that I’ve already read and have been swapped away and which are worth mentioning… cause they’re great (see below).

Anne Enright’s Forgotten Waltz

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I can’t recommend this enough and it may very well be my book of the year

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and Siri Hustvedt’s The summer without men, also great.

Depending on how much reading I get to do there will probably be a few more. Perfume, the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind has been recommend to me by a friend and I also think I might read a classic or two… if I feel literarily inclined.

Have you anything that you think I absolutely must add to the stack?


1 Comment

  • Lovely painting. I feel happy that I’ve read three of the books in your stack. I’d add The Secret Daughter, if you haven’t read it by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, and My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Both are gripping, well written and uplifting. Super summer reads.

    XO Barbara

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