Books In August

Failed the Book Bingo Challenge though not perturbed as I’m not visiting the Library looking for reads these days preferring to work through books laying around the house.

Biggest disappointment was Bastard Behind The Lines by Tom Gilling, a biography about Jock McLaren who escaped from both Changi and Sandakan during WW2. Because McLaren went guerrilla there was a lot of here say and to be honest, I needed a mud map to keep up with it all.( which could also be an indication of where my head was at. A reread may be worth consideration when life is a little more normal). I scored this book 1 out of 5 for format and clarity and 5 out of 5 for McLaren performing an appendectomy on himself. Ewww.

With half the country still in Lockdown my headspace needed a realignment from which I made the decision to be less isolated and move away from books. Prickle ball or crystal healing as alternative hobbies, what do you think?

Well, that was another Epic Fail.

A girlfriend donated a bag of books for the Little Library and some brand new kiddies books which I’m passing onto a local group who sew new pjs for children. These pjs will go into new backpacks for when Community Services are forced to intervene.

I couldn’t resist buying a bag of books from the local Op Shop for $6 – purely to assist the economy of course – and I’ve a few select books on marketplace trying to raise a few bob for Wounded Heroes, who assist ex vets and their families at a grassroots level. ( And who are doing it particularly tough at the moment).

The Friday night book club (with wine) continues and I’m rereading Catch 22 after forty plus years, and I’ve just started a new book club with the local Probus Club.

Crystals were never my thing anyway.


26 thoughts on “Books In August

  1. I am near a new library courtesy of my new job. If I am not too wore out on Friday afternoon, I have a new destination this coming week as next Monday we have off. Other than that, donating a few books to the VA library.


  2. I’m currently in the middle of “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien I hope I can complete it.
    I tried to read a book about Senegalese soldiers fighting for the French in France during WWI. I couldn’t get through it for all the horrific things – “At Night All Blood Is Black” by David Diop. I think I am going to give up reading war stories for the time being….

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  3. I admire your stickability getting through so many books. I tend to start, then get distracted to other things. But did get through “ English Pastoral” James Rebanks. About the changing face of farming in UK from the 1950’s small, family owned mixed farming to today’s large, mainly monoculture farms. Because I was working on farms in uk in the 1950’s it was a very personal read. And made me so sad for how the uk is now.


  4. Currently reading The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland, which offers some insights into the grisly world of the Soviet Union under Stalin. Afterwards, for light relief, maybe I too should re-read Catch 22, undoubtedly one of the funniest, saddest, most brilliant books I’ve ever read…e.g.: ““The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.”


    1. Noni Blake is on our Book Club List so your report is good to hear. I’m reading again though my focus isn’t as good as it should be:( I’ve been sitting on a couple of military novels I picked up months ago : can’t even think about them at the moment. Since you enjoyed The Yield give this one a go : Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss.
      Hope you and the fam enjoy the school holidays:)

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