Okay, the compulsory end of year / start of the year blog post. I’m about four days behind with this one! But there was no way I was going to start doing my ‘best books of 2011’ at the start of December – there were still four weeks to find new books. 2011 had its highs – moving house and some lows – being ill.
During 2011, I had a short story published at Static Movement called Batteries Not Included For The Apocalypse and my flash fiction piece, The Department of Extinct Objects, appeared at Referential Magazine. I talked about my writing desk over at Hazel Foster’s website and I took the Five Minute Friday challenge at For Books’ Sake and I talked about my favourite books.
I have redrafted my novel several times. I have now started to send it out to some agents so fingers crossed. I am also contemplating a title change.
There have been rejections too – lots of them. But it only makes my writing stronger. I have felt like giving up but that’s all lip service.
Books and Reading
This year I read forty-one books! That must be a record for me. I originally set myself the task of reading twenty over on the GoodReads website and thought that I wouldn’t hit that target because 2011 was going to be busy. But instead, I got more reading done than I expected. One of the main reasons is that I spent all of the summer tucked up in bed, being very ill. I’m still suffering six months later but definitely not the same scale as before.
My favourite five fiction books of 2011 were:
- The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman (read all in one session, cuddled up in bed on Christmas Eve morning)
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
- Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers by Mari Strachan (my review will be appearing at The View from Here soon)
- Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
- The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe.
- Just my Type by Simon Garfield is my non-fiction pick for 2011.
I can’t decide between The West Wing or Battlestar Galactica being my favourite box set.
My favourite films for 2011 were:
- Midnight in Paris
- Perfect Sense
- Another Earth
- X-Men: First Class
- Take Shelter
|Comfy Christmas present from Kieran|