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Reading List 2019

Well, despite not having had regular work until September last year, and having had regular part-time childcare, I got very little written and not so much (on my own, albeit lofty, standards) read; this year I've got full-time, very absorbing work (hurray!) and a novel I NEED to get drafted and revised, but also I need to properly tackle all the accumulated books scattered unread about the house. I kicked off by spending a week halfheartedly reading an Iris Murdoch (The Nice and the Good) which I then let go because it was becoming a slog (it's as sharp as any of her works but I couldn't bring myself really care what happened). Let's see what happens now, eh?

9. Chess, Stefan Zweig. My first Zweig (and the second novel I've read all about chess obsessives?!); compelling and terse novella.
8. Paralogues, Evan Jones. Poetry collection by a friend, colleague and fellow Manchester PhD alumna.
7. Firestarter, Stephen King. Frequent and casual misogyny aside (grr), a good old page-turner from an old reliable.

6. Where Reasons End, Yiyun Li. Incredibly moving meditation on a writer's son's suicide. Review here.
5. Jellyfish, Janice Galloway. Reissued story collection. Review here.
4. For The Good Times, David Keenan. Novel about an IRA member. Superb. Review here.
3. The Mental Load, Emma. Graphic essays on feminism and socialism. Excellent. Review here.
2. Mongolian Travel Guide, Svetislav Basara. Very odd novel in the vein of Flann O'Brien (but more sexist). Review here.
1. The Gunners, Rebecca Kaufmann. Coming-of-age novel (sort of). Definitely not for me. Review here.