My book last month for The Year in Books was Dear Life by Alice Munro. I had such high hopes for this - a winner of the Man Booker International prize by a Nobel Prize winning author, with some great reviews. I really wanted to like it - but I didn't like it at all.
I admit I'm not that keen on short stories at the best of times but I found these completely flat for want of a better description. I could appreciate the cleverly crafted prose and the economy of language but I found nothing appealling about this collection of dismal stories about dismal, shallow, sad people. We read it for our village book club and it wasn't that popular with anyone there either. In fact, I still haven't finished it... although I managed to finish two others in the middle of reading this. Both really good crime thrillers, one set in London and the other in Cambridge - both very familiar settings. I thoroughly enjoyed both and I'm looking forward to reading the second in each series. Maybe I'm just not intellectual enough for Nobel Prize winners!
My book choice for July is a biography - Frida by Heyden Harrera. I've already started it and I'm already enjoying it.
And it has inspired me to finish off a doll that I started about two years ago.
I know it must be a long time because I only really make dolls when I'm teaching a doll making class and it is a really long time since I last taught doll making.
She has been sat on my shelf all this time needing those finishing touches... and I've ignored her.
But a combination of clearing out my studio, seeing the Made in Mexico exhibition, making flowers with the Young Embroiderers and starting the biography of Frida Kahlo has prompted me to get her finished
And although I'm never that keen on dolls, I do quite like her!
I've got some other Frida Kahlo Inspired work waiting to be finished so maybe I'll get going on that too!