Yeah! Bingo is back and both Willaful and SuperWendy are already up on their blogs with their February wrap ups! This year, anyone that takes part in Bingo gets to call a square for the next month. Yep! Because I am soooo kind!
As for my reading, it is still very slumpy as the whole month was a write-off again as the heat has been horrid. So slumpy that I am counting both January and February in my wrap up and I STILL didn’t score a Bingo run!
But I did get to circle some:
Hot Hot Hot Hot
It has been so hot that and horrid that I am counting this March news article on how this was Australia’s hottest summer on record. This explains my inability to sleep, read, think and function.
Stephanie Lacava’s An extraordinary theory of objects: a memoir of an outsider in Paris. Lacava recounts her parents taking her whole family to live in Paris when she was 12 and discusses her loneliness, depression and subsequent attachment to objects to help herself to deal with her displacement. Displacement and migrant stories deeply interest me as they are so close to my own heart as the child of two migrants. However, this book’s layout, though quite interesting in that there are footnotes discussing the (hi)stories of the objects that Lacava is attached to, ended up being a big distraction away from the narrative of her experiences. My reading become fragmented between story and footnotes and this disjointed reading impacted on my immersion into Lacava’s recollections. I feel that I should have been moved but sadly, I remained distant to her experiences. Continue reading
I was on an evening shift at work again today so I got to drive in which of course meant listening to a novel. I am STILL *groan* listening to Connie Brockway’s Highlander Undone. The story of widow and disliker of soldiers, Addie and soldier disguised as a foppish artist, Jack is okay. I am just up to the part where Jack is trying to explain his duplicity to Addie who keeps trying to reject him. I have enjoyed the story but it hasn’t given me the feels in anyway. This is not really a bad thing as I am really enjoying Jack’s (accidental) spying storyline more than the central romance.
I am now only 4 chapters short of finally finishing my everlasting audiobook. Only 1 more hour of driving to finish!
I’ll be cruising the ‘burbs tomorrow!
Monday is my one long commute day where I either drive or travel to work for over an hour each way. I have decided to share my Monday reading each week.
I’ve been listening to Connie Brockway’s Highlander Undone for over 2 months and I have only just hit the half way point. This is indicative of how little time I spend in the car on my own. I will only listen to a chapter if I know that I can hear a whole chapter in a drive.
I have the usual audiobook driver quirks: I make excuses to go for drives, I sit in the car for an extra ten minutes until a chapter ends, I drive around the suburb pretending to look for a parking spot even if there is a perfectly good one in front of my home. It is an illness. Audiobookitis.
As for Connie Brockway’s Highlander Undone, I’m really enjoying Napoleon Ryan’s narration of this story. This is my first Brockway and so far I am not disappointed by the story or by the storytelling.
By the half-way point in most audiobooks I am desperately looking for a print copy of a book to get away from other grating storyteller (yes – I am looking at you Michael Page) which disrupts my own internal voice that is trying to process the novel. I guess that I am of the St. Ambrose school-of-internalised-reading rather than St. Augustine’s text-needs-to-be-read-aloud approach.
Napolean Ryan’s narration is nuanced, smooth and enjoyable. I’m not especially enthused by the voices he puts on for his female characters but they are okay and not too annoying. He is not as good as Nicholas Boulton but that is an especially high bar. I will however seek out more of his performances once I finish this book.
As for the story, so far it is deeply engaging…but I think I will wait to finish listening to the book before I discuss it further. At this pace, I am sure there will be more Monday posts on this book.
This copy of Highlander Undone by Connie Brockway was borrowed from a NSW public library.