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25.09.2020- On my Bookshelf #12

For me, the cosy spirit of autumn tends to mean a few things- usually making a list of the period dramas I need to (re)watch, as well as setting myself up with a stash of books to see me through until Christmas. I don't know what it is about this time of the year which makes me so eager to buy book after book, but I think it's probably something to do with the back to school sensibility of this time of the year. Whereas past me would be having field-day in the gel pen section of WHSmith (man, life was easier then, wasn't it?!), now I'm committed to some serious reading- as manifested by the current selection of reads sitting on my bookshelf: 


What a haul! This is definitely the largest selection of items I've had on my 'to read' list for a long time, and I'm really hopeful that I'll be able to find a bit more focus for reading over the next six months (if that is, indeed, how long we're likely to be in this pickle for..!) Antigone Rising by Helen Morales is a loan from my lovely pal Katharine, and one which I think will be my next read after I finish my current tome. The premise is really interesting- a look at the ancient myths and their impact on so many aspects of our everyday lives, and re-examining the origins of so many of the stories which we've assimilated into our collective cultural consciousnesses. Next up, one of the most recent additions to my bookshelf- English Pastoral by James Rebanks. Rebanks is a total hero of mine (and his Desert Island Discs is a must-listen) so this new release is one which I can't wait to get started on. Looking at the heritage of rural landscapes and the inescapable human impact on agriculture, it's definitely a book for our times, and I hope will offer a glimmer of hope for the future too. 

Stephanie Yeboah's Fattily Ever After is a read which had been on my pre-order list for ages, and I'm so thrilled that it's arrived! It's such a joy to see Stephanie absolutely smashing it, and, after perusing the first chapter and reading some incredible serialised extracts, this is a book which I really cannot wait to get started on over the next few weeks. Olive by Emma Gannon is another book which I've got lined up to see me through the winter, as is How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? by Pandora Sykes, a book which I was very kindly gifted with by the publisher a few weeks back. Sitting down with these three reads over the next few months will certainly be the perfect comfort blanket for winter, and a balm to soothe the uncertainty which we're still living through. 

I picked up Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney when I visited Homeplace in Northern Ireland last month- it seemed like the perfect souvenir of a lovely trip. I briefly encountered this book when I was at school, so am really looking forward to revisiting it as an adult. Finally, a recommendation from my lovely Michelle in the shape of Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd, uncovering the ups and downs of pathology- variety is the spice of life, after all!

Which books are you looking forward to reading this autumn and winter?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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