Delighted that Four Books is now available for subscription and download from iTunes! Link in bio. .
My first guest, @alicecrumbs, was an absolute delight and we had a brilliant time cracking open the creative process!
I feel very excited about this next wee venture. I’ve always wanted to do it, and eventually realised there was nothing holding me back apart from my self-consciousness and apprehension. Well, sucks to that. Whatever it is you’d really like to do, go for it.
I hated Ian McEwan for years; I genuinely and actively avoided reading anything by him. This was mostly because of some fairly pretentious interviews he gave, plus the utter lunacy of Saturday (a pretty terrible novel), plus the fact that Atonement was a much better film than it was a book. However, I read his first collection of short stories not that long ago, and enjoyed them, and then read another recent short story of his a few weeks ago which had a sense of fun about it I thought he’d lost in his work. So I gave this a shot, and for the most part I thought it was fantastic. The suspense was brilliant; I couldn’t wait for the unfolding of the fairly brief action, and the observational writing was really excellent. There was still enough detail and description to just teeter on the borderline of overwriting, but overall it worked in terms of the period in which this was set (the start of the 1960s and all the tension and prudishness about sex). The characterisation was strong and I really felt immersed in their world - so much so that the ending felt even more rushed. So, the upshot is that I am going to lift my McEwan embargo and investigate some of the novels of his I’m intrigued by, specifically The Children Act and The Cement Garden. #books#bookstagram#instabook#bookreview#bibliophile#ianmcewan#onchesilbeach#literature#fiction#booktube#haylo#backgroundlurking
Kaveri, a girl believes in destiny, is confined to her house by her mother's love, which is being manipulated by an uninvited politician, their neighbor, Padmja. She's homeschooled by her guru, Sahasra, who induces the idea of empathy and charity to Kaveri. Hindered by her mother's emotions, she has no other choice but to wait for her time to come. Will she cross her hindrance and make her dreams come true?
PS - Read full review at my blog. Link is in bio. Thanks for providing free copy. @ivaishnavshravan
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«Foolish man. You cannot turn me into a phantom because you are frightened. You do not dismiss a muse at whim». Griffin is a poor artist from London, who makes postcards for a living. One day he receives a letter from another postcard artist Sabine, who is fascinated by his work. They begin to correspond and exchange postcards. One day Griffin is starting to suspect that Sabine exists only in his head.
From the heart of art book lover ➿ Griffin and Sabine: an Extraordinary Correspondence ➿ written and illustrated by Nick Bantock ➿ @chroniclebooks
So I thought it would be nice to drop in every so often with a wee bulletin, keeping everyone up to date, and to offer some encouragement.
I’ve had a pretty tumultuous ride since starting the #31BooksChallenge , and my focus recently has been haphazard at best, so my reading has slowed a little. But I am getting back down to it (I am currently enjoying a fantastic alternative history horror story, which I can’t wait to share with you guys, and add to the list!) I also wanted to announce that there will be a prize for those who complete their 31Books milestone—completionists will receive any book of their choosing from the compiled list of titles—any book they like! And a personalised #31BooksChallenge certificate! 👏
In the mean time, I would like to give a proper thank you, and a shout out to
@ylvasaleem , @siobhancoda , and @scribbleradvice ,
who are all leading the way so far. Keep it up guys, and remember—read widely, challenge yourselves, learn new things, and most of all, have a good time! -Andrew.