Last week, on bingo Saturday, I wrote a post about how I’d forgotten about bingo in amoungst the flurry of end of year events. Since then, it’s come to my attention (thanks Sue G-G!) that I was in fact organised for that bingo week, I’d read a book for it, entered it into my bingo spreadsheet, wrote the post in my head and then promptly forgot about the entire thing! Next year’s spreadsheet is having a ‘date posted’ column!
The entry that was meant to be posted last week was:
A collection of short stories
Because I don’t read many short story collections, on average one a year, An Evening in Paradise is it. I did deliberately read it with bingo in mind, and I think my confusion about last week’s post stems from the fact that I’ve already posted about this book twice. The first time was for Australian Reading Hour, and the second was with the full review. Somewhere along the line in my mind I became convinced that I had posted my short story bingo post, most likely because I knew I had posted about this book twice, and hence, confusion reigned supreme. Again, thanks Sue G-G for allowing me to confuse you so thoroughly that it eventually led to a lightbulb moment!
On An Evening in Paradise:
Lucia’s style is rather conversational, witty and desperately honest, sometimes painfully so. Not all of the stories were to my taste, some were a little difficult to follow, almost rambling. Others were perfection, a little slice of somebody’s life you were invited to bear witness to. Many of the characters popped up in multiple stories, but at different stages of their life than when you had previously encountered them. It was interesting to see them within a different context, also from a different perspective. I can’t help but think that some of these stories are autobiographical, with the recurring themes and characters.
Now, here is my bingo card with the entries I’ve done ticked off. Let’s hope we can get through the next two cycles without error!
There are only two more bingo cycles left, next week, and then two weeks after that. I already identified last week which two books I would be reading. Here’s hoping I can finish this challenge with finesse.