READING 2021

Mini voice reviews tracking my list of current reads and completed books read this year.

1
Half way through as didn’t manage to finish this in 2020... still loving it though — a dystopian future imagined where cities are too polluted to live so a community tries to survive in the wilderness — the point of view just shifted from the mother to the daughter so I’m once again into this. Just need to stay awake long enough to finish a chapter! 😆
2
Still currently reading this one too... i put it down before Christmas so I need to get back into it. Writing is dense.
3
Margaret Atwood’s new collection is similarly great to her other poetry. She was a poet in the 60s when she had a day job and no time for writing novels. Her poems are so basic and yet beautiful. This collection really focuses on getting old and cutting through the BS. I love the poem “Flatline” which you can hear her read on the New Yorker Poetry podcast.
4
New and launched this week by my friend Cate Sevilla, who was editor-in-chief of the Pool and pours so much heart and knowledge into this awesome non fiction read.
5
So I finally finished the new wilderness by Diane Cook, a great novel (will add a review to my previous post). So starting a collection of short stories feels like a good interlude between bigger tomes.
6
Started this yesterday to read alongside the short stories. It was bought for me a while back by Mr Ray, but it was only after I watched the BBC documentary on UKG and read her carrier bag theory on writing that I picked it up.
7
On recommendation from NYC-based poet James T Green... a few pages in and loving it so far!
8
Delving back into the world of parenting non fiction... this one was recommended to me by my counsellor and so far finding some really interesting ideas.
9
So into this! The audiobook is great as it’s Afua herself reading 👌
10
Thank you Jess! 🙏🪴
11
Amazing read, half way in. Headphones on to hear more 🎧 Edit: read in two sittings and absolutely loved! Best thing I’ve read so far..: can’t recommend it enough!
12
Loving Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel! Anyone want to start a book club with me on Beams to discuss it? Let me know!
13
Got stuck into Caitlin Moran’s latest book and loving it. Also decided to do audiobook with this one as she reads it herself and she is very very funny 👌