This month has been HECTIC. Between juggling a new role reviewing for The Big Issue, the heating-up of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and all my regular uni work, I’m really surprised that I’ve found time to read. Granted, three of the six books I’ve read this month were for one of those roles, but still…

This month I discovered that I don’t like Les Murray’s poetry, but he can write really clearly about depression. I learned that Daniel Handler still has it. I learned, again, that I should really follow up book recommendations more quickly (reading The Lover, and Raf, I love it, thanks for the recommendation! And sorry for being so slow about it.)

A few weeks ago was another Kill Your Darlings‘ literary trivia night. Our team came second, and I won second prize in the raffle, so I came home with a pretty great swag of books (and a free high tea at the Windsor!) which are listed here under “gifted” (minus the high tea).

Books Bought:
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 18th Edition.
Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes
Voiceworks: Translate
Kill Your Darlings Issue 9

Reading Copies:
Mary Bennett, by Jennifer Paynter

Love & Hunger, by Charlotte Wood
A Tiger in Eden, by Chris Flynn
What Remains, by Denise Leith
Under Stones, by Bob Franklin

Bite Your Tongue, by Francesca Rendle-Short

Books Read:
Daughters of Troy, by Euripides
Fire, by Raymond Carver
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, by Sigmund Freud
Killing the Black Dog, by Les Murray
Mary Bennett, by Jennifer Paynter

Currently Reading:
The Confidence Gap, by Russ Harris
Wabi Sabi Love, by Arielle Ford
The Lover, Marguerite Duras

What have you been reading this month?