It’s time again for what’s on my bookshelf, a monthly round up of books read – enjoyed or otherwise hosted by hosted by Sue, Donna, Jo and Deb. I’m a couple of days early this month, as we are off on a short trip and I thought I would just like to get this done and dusted before we set off.
So to the books…and first up is French author Hervé Le Tellier’s mystery/sci fi/thriller The Anomoly. This is one of those ‘can’t put it down’ books, as well as one that gives food for thought. The plot involves an Air France flight from Paris to New York which emerges from an unexpected storm to confused air traffic control personnel, and is redirected to a secret military base. You may ask why…well it is because it is exactly the same flight as one that already landed after emerging from a storm three previously. It isn’t just the same flight number but the same plane, with the same passengers. I won’t reveal any more, but it is a great read and am sure it will be made into a Netflix series.
Book number two is by New Zealand author Anne Harré The Leaning Man. Set in Wellington, it tells the tale of Stella Weston who returns from London to attend her parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. Her best friend dies under mysterious circumstances, and Stella set out to find out what really happened. I really enjoyed this book – great plot and fun to see some local places featured (including the florist I bought flowers in last week!). The title refers to the statue Solace in the Wind which stands by the waterfront in the city.
It was also a month for old favourites – the latest Donna Leon Give Unto Others, which I really enjoyed and showed her back on form in this post-Covid Venice set crime fiction. I also re-read Barbara Pym’s A Glass of Blessings for a bit of comfort reading. One of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors, it is always a joy to pick up one of her books. I also finally got around to picking up Anne Kennedy’s volume of poetry The Sea Walks Into A Wall. One poem in particular Light on in the Garden sticks in my mind, the opening lines of which are:
The guys on the exec team hate art. They watch a movie sometimes, hum along to a tune in the car, buy jewellery for their wives, but the guys on the polytech executive team really hate art.
Oh how true those sentiments are about the focus on STEM to the detriment of arts education these days! A topic for another day perhaps…..
Anyway, to this month’s cook book, Sofia Nordgren’s The Nordic Baker. Organised by the seasons, this is a beautiful book of vegan baking. There are a couple of things I want to try, including a seed and nut bread that looks really delicious.
Finally, I just finished Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This at the hairdresser today after I had put together most of this post already. I have really no idea what I think about this book. You can tell she is also a poet, and deconstructing the novel in this way was interesting, but I can’t say I enjoyed or liked this book. Please let me know if you have read it and what your thoughts are.
So that is my reading for this month. Have you read anything good, or any of the books I have read?
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