I’ve been away from home and the blog for a week. It wasn’t a holiday, but at present I don’t want to write about last week, other than it has been a very sad time. I took the laptop away intending to write but only managed a few lines one day and I did go into a bookshop twice and walked out without buying anything – not like me at all. Later in the week things did improve a bit and one day in Marks and Spencers’ Cafe Revive (such a good name) I saw in the approach to the cafe some sale items including books for £1 each. It wasn’t hard to pick them up and take them away with me (I did pay for them). Here they are:
- The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Ninety Eighty Four by George Orwell
I have read the Atwood and Orwell books before, but not owned them and they’re both worth a re-read.
When I opened the blog I found that Joy, Lezlie and Mog have nominated it as a “Brilliante Weblog” and I am truly grateful. My reasons for writing are purely selfish and it is wonderful to know that other people enjoy reading this blog – thank you all of you. I really should update my Blogroll as there are more blogs I read, often through Google Reader, and enjoy immensely. You all deserve the Brilliante Weblog award.
I have been reading this last week and I think my choice of books may be controversial. Two of the books are non-fiction – The Bible: a biography by Karen Armstrong (I’m still reading this) and In God We Doubt by John Humphrys. I didn’t decide to read these two books at the same time – it just happened that way as with the third book, a novel, The Thirteenth Apostle by Michel Benoit. I have been fascinated by each book and will write about each one later.
Time now to read other people’s blogs. Maybe that will distract me from my toothache – what started as a slight discomfort last Sunday gradually developed whilst I was away into raging pain and I can’t get to the dentist until Monday afternoon.