My Six in Six: 2023

I’d forgotten all about the Six in Six meme until I spotted it in my feed from Susan at A Life in Books who found it on the Pyrenees to Pennines. The idea originated with  Jo at The Book Jotter who, over the years, has developed a long list of topics from which we can choose. I’ve chosen four of her topics and added two of my own. Jo has lots of headings 

6 Novels Enjoyed but Not Reviewed

6 Books Set in a Country Not My Own

The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett — set in England 

The Night Interns by Austin Duffy — set in Northern Ireland

Sea of Poppies – by Amitav Ghosh — set in India 

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson — set in Iceland

The Women in Black by Madeleine St John— set in Australia

Kim Jijong born 1982  by Cho Nam-Joo — set in South Korea 

6 Novels Set In The Past

6 Disappointing Reads

How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan

Love after Love by Ingrid Persaud

The Survivors by Jane Harper

White Spines by Nicholas Royle: started but doubt that I will finish

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak: could not get into this book at all


6 Long Overdue Net Galley books

6 Books Added to My Wish List in 2023 Because of Other Bloggers

Barcelona Dreaming by Rupert Thomson — discovered via Margaret at 

This Human Season by Louise Dean — suggested by Kim at Reading Matters

Factory Girls by Michelle Gallen — spotted on Susan’s blog site A Life In Books

Sisters in Yellow by Mieko Kawakami — highlighted by Paula at BookJotter

 Falling Animals  by Sheila Armstrong — another recommendation from A Life In Books

Close to Home by Michael Magee — recommended by Cathy of


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

14 thoughts on “My Six in Six: 2023

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  • Thanks so much for the free publicity! I hope you enjoy Barcelona Dreaming – and indeed Falling Animals – as much as I did. A very late response as granddaughter from Spain and my daughter are here. Blogging takes 100th place!

    • Enjoy the family time – blogging can certainly wait until they leave!

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    • I was surprised how much I enjoyed Rebecca – I had thought it would be too familiar because of the number of times I’ve seen the film, but there were aspects in the book that you don’t fully appreciate in the film version

  • I enjoyed this.
    I might have ago myself, though some of these topics won’t work for me e.g. the Netgalley one. (I’ve never got involved in that. Either they send me a book, or I wait and borrow it from the library, or I review something else.)

    • There are many other categories you could choose. I think Susan did a non fiction one for example. I’ve also seen categories for authors from a specific geography or an authors new to me one.

      • I’m working on it, but it’s harder than it looks!

        • Really – I would have thought it was easier if you had read as many books as you have already this year; so many more to choose from. Or maybe that’s the problem – too much choice

  • I too have the Zachary Cloudesley title to read – I just need a chunk of time and the mood to read it in! And I still want to read Esther Freud’s novel but don’t have a physical copy staring me in the face, so maybe I’ll see if the county library can dig it out for me…

  • I like your additions to your wish list section, Karen. Might incorporate that next year. Good to see you enjoyed the Dominic Smith. I loved The Last Painting of Sara de Vos but have yet to read Electric Hotel.


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