Ratings: 5* – Outstanding! 4*+ – Good to very good; 3* – average; 2* – run-of-the-mill; 1* – dismal; zero * – no comment. DNF – did not finish
My eyesight presented problems in January, so my reading time was curtailed. However, I managed to read some wonderful books, the two 4* books, and the enjoyable anthology on gardens. I enjoy books that are ‘Dippers’. You can dip into them at intervals, when time is short, put them back on the shelf for another time.
4* The Pigeon Tunnel – Stories from my Life – John le Carré. Master storyteller’s anecdotal account of a lifetime lived either in the shadows or the limelight. Fascinating.
4* The Song Collector – Natasha Solomons. A lifelong passion for music, home, and the natural world. The magic of the English countryside.
3.5* The Way I See it – The Musings of a Black Woman in the rainbow nation – Lerato Tshabalala. Soweto collides with Cosmo magazine. Feisty, funny & fabulous.
3.5* Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore – Matthew Sullivan . Joey’s suicide inside the bookstore wrenches open old, bad personal history for bookstore clerk, Lydia. Mystery/cold case murder story.
3* The Garden of Reading – edited by Michele Slung. Sub-title: Anthology of 20th Century short fiction about Gardens and Gardeners. Enjoyable. Reviewed on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/edit/1563529