I've been messing around with the blog a bit. I'm not sure exactly why but I felt like I needed to change things a bit. Pretty much every mention of the girls names is gone, although I know most people reading this know full well what they're called I had a stab of conscience. Mainly because of their age, I can't ask them if they're OK about me sharing their names and photos and it just felt like an invasion of their privacy. I'm not sure why this has suddenly become A THING after nearly three years of having them but hey, there we go. I will eventually thing of blog nicknames for them maybe, or they may just remain my big girl/the small one/the baby/the eldest - as has intermittently been the way in the former posts I've edited. Any advice on the topic would be awesome. I'm not really sure where I'm going with it and am pretty convinced plenty of people know better than me. ANYWAY, it's the eighth day of Book Advent so excuse my ramblings.
I picked up Tampa at Waterstones a few months ago. I knew nothing about it and only picked it up because it was one of those that had a bookseller recommendation on it and I really love that little touch. Tampa is uncomfortable and definitely taboo. I can't tell whether it's taboo for taboo's sake but it's another of those books I've read and then found out afterwards it's one of those that appears on many must-read lists. It's a modern Lolita with a twist.
We have reached day seven, seven is one of my favourite numbers. Not sure there's anything else much to say except poor big girl still isn't very well so we went up to bed early but she still wanted to choose her book from the tree.
Lots of people have expressed their disappointment at things Zadie Smith has written in the past. I'm not one of them. I love her writing, I love her style and she never fails to make me think. The Embassy of Cambodia gave me everything I want from a short story and more. It's a snapshot. One critic at The Observer described it as 'a novel in miniature' and I'd have to agree except it's more satisfying than that in some ways. The Embassy of Cambodia is less than 100 pages long and you can feel it. Every word feels purposefully picked to ensure it says as much as possible. It's a perfect example of very intelligent writing. Anyway, I haven't really started reviewing yet.
Yes it's 9.15ish and I've only just remembered to post this, it IS the same day as the story was read though at least so I'm on track a bit!
I have never read anything by Agatha Christie before. This has been an oversight on my part as I love crime novels and TV dramas and she's obviously the queen of the genre. I've never actually seen an episode of Poirot either so starting with her first Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles seemed a good place to begin and introduce myself to a whole new world in crime writing and drama.
I dropped the Book Advent ball already but it's not too late to salvage - I hope! We'll just have three books in one today which is never a bad thing, just sad I couldn't even manage to write a short post a day but then life has been a load of awfulness so meh. Here we'll have a catch up of 3rd, 4th and 5th Book Advent Reads.
The second 'window' on our Advent Tree is open. A freshly bathed big girl stormed the tree and took the second book into bed. This was one I was really looking forward to as it's a bit of a counting book and there were so many lovely pictures and things to look out for on each page.
I don't do much in the run up to Christmas, especially not on 1st December, hell there are absolutely weeks left before it's even something to think about but I did decide to give a Book Advent Calendar a go this year. It's an awesome idea and basically the way we've set it up is that the girls get a new bedtime story each night, chosen from their (if I can even call it that) Book Tree.
A second monthly reading update. I think it's a better way of doing these bookish things than doing it weekly as weekly seemed to trail off. Saying that I'm only onto the second month so by the end of the year (I know not long) I could fail at this too but we'll see. My November books.