My mood has however been temporarily lifted this week with the aid of some fellow book bloggers from thousands of miles across land and sea from the UK.
In last week’s Sunday Salon I introduced the new feature on this site where I invite people from different parts of the world to give some insights on their local literary scene. The View from Here feature went live this week with an article from Mystica about Sri Lankan literature. She fits in reading between tending her tea and fruit plantations. I suspect I have a very romanticised view of what this involves but I like to picture her sitting in the shade of an orange tree letting the scent waft over as she turns the book of her page. Still, it’s an image that’s sustained me as I drove home from work under grey clouds.
My next featured blogger Angus Miranda, couldn’t be more of a contrast. Angus lives in the fast paced world of Manila, the capital of the Philippines where he works as a technical writer. His blog site bookrhapsody traces his quest to read at least one book by every winner of the Nobel prize for literature alongside Booker prize winners and world classics. I love reading about his latest book club meeting (large amounts of food seem to be involved which makes me envious when I compare to the crisps and nuts we get in our meetings). Angus’ inside scoop on the must read writers from his country will be posted in the next few days.
Having started the month on a positive mood now I’m looking for some reading that will help me sustain it for another few weeks at least.