I had a project towards the end of last year – a 30th birthday present for my brother – and it kept me distracted from writing towards the end of the year. It was a bookish project that involved creating a poster filled with images of my books that I miss – and which my brother and his girlfriend very generously store in their home. When I skype them at their house they usually take me on a little tour so I can mentally pat my books.
|Alice in Wonderland detail from the poster|
Luckily to keep me from too much book-anguish there has been plenty of new reading in the last twelve months.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Difference Engine – William Gibson and Bruce Sterling – a must read for any steampunks out there.
Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson – very beautiful love story.
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson – a good sci-fi tale of adventure in a future gone awry.
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – Julia Strachey – random library pick based on looks – that I loved.
Virtual Light – William Gibson – a good sci-fi tale of adventure in a future gone awry… again.
Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights – Sophie Dahl – bio / cook book what is not to love.
Breath – Tim Winton – sun, surf, drama done as Winton does best.
Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson – love and history all wrapped up in a mystery.
Bird Cloud – Annie Proulx – a bio focusing on home and nature by this superb American writer.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Murial Spark – a must read for any new resident of Edinburgh.
If anyone has any book recommendations for 2013 I would love to hear them.