Halloween is behind us, and despite the global pandemic we managed to have some scary fun at home. We danced around the house, made themed snacks, and played a couple of games. My youngest daughter has been creating her own “choose your own adventure” style games for a while now and they are always good for some laughs.
The past few months have continued to be rich in reading. I finished 22 books in September and October:
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
- A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
- The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
- Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Sparks Fly Upward by Diana Norman
- Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming
- All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
- The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
- The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
- The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
- The Searcher by Tana French
- Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie
- Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
- Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati
- The Tourist Attraction by Sara Morgenthaler
- The Switch by Beth O’Leary
- Well Played by Jen DeLuca
- A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
- A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
- Teach Me by Olivia Dade
- Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
- Dishoom: From Bombay With Love by Shamil Thakrar
As you can see, I’ve been continuing with the comfort reads, but there have been a few notable exceptions. I read three non-fiction books, including two memoirs and a cookbook. I knew of Molly Wizenberg from her foodie memoirs, but The Fixed Stars is the story of the break up of her marriage as she discovers that her sexual identity is not as “fixed” as she once believed. It was a very honest portrayal and it gave me a lot to think about. Similarly, Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert details the writer’s thought process as she comes to terms with the idea of remarrying when she had sworn off marriage forever. It is part memoir, part sociological study, and I enjoyed it very much.
In late February, right before the global pandemic hit us all in the face and put an end to casual travel, I had the chance to meet up with an old friend in London for the weekend. Because we both enjoy good food, we did a lot of eating, but the restaurant that stands out the most was Dishoom. Later, when my birthday rolled around in April, I received a surprise in the mail: their cookbook, which is a love letter to the city of Bombay. I took my time with this one because it is beautifully written, with recipes that will leave your mouth watering, and a fascinating guide to the city (if, as the authors confess, somewhat rose-tinted). Highly recommended.
More on Bombay-related reading to come, as this cookbook set me off on a literary journey to learn and experience more of the city via my armchair and my library card. I also will devote a separate post to Earthlings, as I have a lot to say about this one (whew).
I’m really looking forward to November, to nanowriming (anyone else out there? wanna be buddies?) and some other personal projects for the month to come. We’re back in confinement here in France, so I’ll have the month at home to telework and focus on my goals.
Hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Wishing you a fulfilling fall and, as always, lots of good reading in the month ahead.