I’ve been cleaning up my desk today (yay, I can finally see the surface) and this means I’ve unearth some books and an article I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while.

First, if you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Bookforum, you must. There is a wonderful interview with translator superstar Edith Grossman. She talks about how she got into translations, her book-filled home and about the towering stack of TBR books. I love that. You can see the whole article here. Hope you enjoy it.

Now moving on to the books I’ve been meaning to tell you about. These are books I read around the Christmas holidays and what with the holiday and stuff the books just sat there but these are books I really enjoyed and wanted to share with you.

The first is The Stylist by Cai Emmons. I received this ARC and my first thought was that this was going to be some fluffy, chicklit type book but I was quite surprised to find a novel with some very complex characters and situations. This is a good drama about father/daughter relationships and also about friendship.

The other book I wanted to give mention to was Diana Athill’s novel, Don’t Look at Me Like That. A novel set in 1950s England about a young woman who doesn’t follow conventions. “Everyone thinks you are gentle, Meg, but my God, you’re hard.” Yep, Meg has that bit of an edge to her that will make her a very interesting character to read about. My only problem with the book was that I wasn’t quite satisfied with the end, I wanted a bit more resolution.

Finally, I wanted to recommend Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton. This is a great sneak-peek at the life of a writer. “Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.” I jotted down a lot of little bits of wisdom from this book so if you are looking for a bit of inspiration or to see how one writer got hers, take a look at this book.

I have finished a few other books lately so hopefully I can get to those reviews soon.

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