Read Stack _March 2018 The Giants House_Elizabeth McCracken Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland Woman Reading a Letter_Johannes Vermeer Mollie Panter-Downes Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan

The Roundup: Books Read in March 2018

March was low-key eventful. I just celebrated my 40th birthday, and in the same week my husband and I traveled to Amsterdam for the first time. It was very nice, but windy and terribly cold. I also suffered a broken blood vessel in my right eye and had to put up with slightly horrified looks […]... Read More
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Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami

No matter how much I poured into the cup, it never filled. And then I realized that the liquid I assumed to be coffee had, unbeknownst to me, turned into night. Peering into the night as it poured into the cup, I could see tiny stars and gases whirling near the surface, and down at […]... Read More
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Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, mysteriously vanished without a trace, leaving behind her and their 3-year-old daughter, Momo. Since then, Kei’s life has remained in a sort of limbo, populated by memories of Rei and their life together prior to his disappearance. She is ‘involved’ with a married man named Seiji, their […]... Read More
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Diving Belles by Lucy Wood, and a bookish t.v. recommendation.

Apologies for being silent for more than a week.  I solemnly swear that I was reading.  And organizing my bookshelf.  And catching up on anime on Crunchyroll. But back to the reading!  Last week I finished Diving Belles, a short story collection by Lucy Wood.  Blending Cornish folklore with everyday life, Wood creates an evocative […]... Read More
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Reading as a Soothing Balm

I am officially over the stress-induced migraines, thank you very much.  In an effort to slowly restore myself, I visited my local Oxfam charity bookshop yesterday.  I haven’t been in the habit of buying books lately, preferring to save a buck by trawling the local library instead, but for £1.99 I don’t think my Market […]... Read More