PSA: the fall splitmeet will start on Saturday October 21.
Meanwhile, please recommend a great book to add to our fall reading lists, and tell us what fragrance we should wear while reading it.
Or, as always, just talk about something else.
Since the summer reading poll, I’ve read…
On the fiction front, I read The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (and this is the one I will scent, with Guerlain Après L’Ondée), The Cabal & Other Stories by Ellen Gilchrist, and Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead. I started but didn’t finish The Romantic by William Boyd, which was a surprise since I’ve usually enjoyed his writing, and ditto with Kate Atkinson’s short story collection, Normal Rules Don’t Apply, although I probably read about half the stories.
For non-fiction, I am still very slowly working my way through William Morris: A Life for Our Time by Fiona MacCarthy. I also read two books in Deborah Levy’s “living autobiography” series…The Cost of Living and Real Estate. Kevin has been recommending Levy to me for years, and these were wonderful. I will try her fiction at some point. And I read The Afterlife, a book of essays by Penelope Fitzgerald.
For mysteries/thrillers, I finished The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths, then Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason (the latter was recommended by Calypso). I started the next in that series, Silence of the Grave, but it was too upsetting for my current frame of mind and I didn’t finish it. I may go back to that series later. I read an oldie, ECR Lorac’s Post After Post-Mortem, before starting the Slough House series by Mick Herron*, which I’m almost done with (Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules and Joe Country, so far). I also read Ann Cleeve’s Raging Storm, and I’ve just started Richard Osman’s The Last Devil to Die.
* Highly recommended, by the way. If you have access to the New Yorker, see Is Mick Herron the Best Spy Novelist of His Generation? from November 2022, or see Author Mick Herron: ‘I’d have made an awful spy. I don’t have a smartphone or wifi’ at The Guardian.