I’m spending 2018 reading mostly women. Only mostly, because I don’t want to be too restrictive about these things. If I read a book by someone who is not a woman I won’t have “failed”. I’m also trying to read books that are recommended to me, books by people I follow on Twitter, that kind of thing.
In September I read:
(part of) Fire Watch by Connie Willis – The characters in Blackout mention the events of the titular short story so I thought I’d check it out. Seems like a good thing they didn’t manage to bump into this dude because he was time travelling with NO CLUE what he should be doing. Really I am disappointed in Mr Dunworthy’s lack of preparation.
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – I like that the author added the O to her name to (slightly) merge her name with her husband’s. I like less that he didn’t change his name at all, but as someone on Late Night Woman’s Hour mentioned, he does have his Equity card. There are some great lines in this that really resonated. And some wild behaviour that made me think “WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?”.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – I found this via The Pool, who invited their readers to try out a new book club type app. I can’t say that the app fit in that well with my life – three days out of eleven I reached the end of the book segment when I wanted to read some more, and I mostly read on my commute so I didn’t get to join in on much of the interactivity. I did get to go to a fancy launch party though, and I’m very pleased that I got to experience it. The story is a time-split story about an old house, with pre-Raphaelite artists and a modern-day archivist. I wished for more on the current-day protagonist’s life (especially after The Cows, which is great on relationships), but enjoyed it overall.
Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown – Stretching the “mostly” to include a biography (sort of) of a woman. I picked this up because I wanted something with small snippets where I wouldn’t be tempted to keep reading when I had to get back to the book above. Some of these were interesting but I’d hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is not as keen on slice-of-life history as I am. (and there wasn’t enough of that amongst the name dropping)
A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander – The Amazon page says that this is Lady Emily’s sixth book. I picked it up in a charity shop so knew none of this, I mainly liked the cover. It’s 1893, as someone helpfully writes in their diary, rather earlier than I am used to seeing in cosy murder mysteries. Lady Emily is rather sickeningly in love with her husband, I expect they got together during the investigation of another mystery, during which he came to appreciate her skills of deduction and the ease with which a woman can entice secrets that a man could not.