First quarter round-up

As always time flies and as always I remain surprised at that. The first quarter of 2019 if certainly over, all the noble new year’s resolutions went out the window a long time ago. Hmmm, not all I am still bravely exercising, but otherwise my strong will proved to be very weak yet again. I did not manage to kick off my second-hand bookshops’ tour, but maybe I’ll do two tours in the second quarter, who knows. Certainly buying fewer books was good both for my wallet and my TBR.

Reading-wise it was a very slow start to the year, with only three books read in January, but as time passed my form improved. This was significantly helped by vacation on a wind farm in Tenerife. I think it was the first time I gave in and went to seek the sun in the darkness of February, it certainly won’t be the last, we had a wonderful time with my mother. I was worried that whole Tenerife would be like the infamous tri-city of Los Christianos, Playa Las Americas and Costa Adeje, but it was completely different, a lot calmer and less crowded.

February was a busy month travel-wise, as soon as I came back from Tenerife we were flying with my Bigger Half to Barcelona for a busy weekend of concerts (we saw Mastodon and Massive Attack), which was fantastic. Again the sun made me wonder, why did I decide to live in London of all places… still looking for an answer.

How was your first quarter? Do you have any reading plans for the second quarter?

Here is what I read:


18. Benediction – Kent Haruf (r)
17. Duchologia polska: Rzeczy i ludzie w latach transformacji – Olga Drenda (r)
16. Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk (r)
15. Confessions of a Crap Artist – Philip K. Dick (r)
14. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis (r)
13. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad (r)
12. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance (r)
11. Stambuł. W oparach miejskiego absurdu – Agata Wielgołaska (r)
10. Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf (r)
9. The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness (r)
8. My Sunshine Away – M.O. Walsh (r)
7. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King (r)
6. The Fort – Aric Davis (r)
5. The Summer We All Ran Away – Cassandra Parkin (r)
4. Macbeth – Jo Nesbo (r)
3. Thirst for Love – Yukio Mishima (r)
2. Elmet – Fiona Mozley (r)
1. My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh (r)

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska 

One thought on “First quarter round-up

  1. I think 18 books for a quarter is a great number! Bravo on taking a vacation… it’s easy to rationalize that away and stay put. I am trying not to make any plans for the quarter, other than finishing The Count of Monet Cristo finally! I’ve stalled out a bit in March. I set it down and it was too easy not to pick it back up. But I’m reading it once again and enjoying it, so now I just need to keep reading!

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