Keep movin’, movin’, movin’*

I had not intended to bore you all with Reactions to Reading’s behind the scenes carry-on but a couple of you have noticed the paucity of posts lately and have written to enquire about my health and wellbeing. Apart from making me feel all warm and fuzzy that complete strangers have noticed my absence let alone cared about it, their enquiries did make me realise how unsettling unexplained absences can be.

Rest assured I am hunky dory but have bought a new house and will be moving shortly (in fact 4 weeks today I will lay my weary head in my new abode for the first time). In between working full time and family commitments I’m doing all that stuff that goes along with moving…giving away things that won’t fit into the new place, packing, organising renovations at my new house, arranging all the services to be disconnected and, of course, wondering just how I managed to acquire quite so many books. At the moment there’s not much spare time for reading let alone blogging about reading. But I hope to be back to full-posting strength by mid-late June and in the interim do hope to post the occasional review or book-related thought.

Today I’ve got a link for the crime fiction fans amongst you. The First Tuesday Book Club is a monthly TV book club in Australia and each week the panel discusses a new book and a classic. This month they chose Thomas Harris’ SILENCE OF THE LAMBS as the ‘classic’ and the discussion is a really robust one. Aside from Shane Maloney (an Australian crime writer) the panel are not aficionados of the genre but all seemed to enjoy it. The discussion reminded me how good the book was and how utterly awful most of the thousands of copycat books that have come since really are.

*a line from the Rawhide TV Show theme song

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12 thoughts on “Keep movin’, movin’, movin’*

  1. Don’t worry Bernadette. I know exactly how you feel – in June/July at some point I am moving from Greece back to the UK. I’m basically forcing people to take stuff off my hands I don’t want to transport across the continent including old coffee makers, beach stuff etc. And the second-hand English bookstall has just had an deluge of crime fiction books.
    It will be nice to see you back in full flow – good luck with the move.

  2. LOL Sarah – I’m forcing things on people too and I’m not moving that far! I am the opposite of a hoarder but having been in the house for 12 years I have managed to accumulate a lot of…er…stuff. Before this I used to rent and moved house every year or two for many years plus travelled a lot so I really could move everything I owned in the back of a station wagon – now not so much. Good luck to you too.

  3. Bernadette – I know all too well what moving house is like! Ugh! The packing, the physical moving, the whole thing. I’m glad you’ve found a place you like and I do wish you well as you settle in. And thanks for that discussion link. I’ll be really interested in what is said about The Silence of the Lambs. In the meantime, I hope everything goes smoothly.

  4. Good luck in the move! Hope all ends up going smoothly! I sympathize. I moved a number of times in my first few decades, a few times to different states, but have lived in my current housing for decades.
    I don’t know how one moves after accumulating lots of things. It would take a small army to move my belongings now.
    Best wishes in the move. And then you’ll have room for new books!

  5. Yes indeed, I hope it all goes well, Bernadette, and, selfishly, that more reviews can appear here soon in the aftermath (or do I mean after the aftermath)?

    I didn’t think as much of Silence of the Lambs as many people – but I do think its predecessor, Red Dragon (sometimes called Manhunter after the original 1980s movie) brilliantly original – from the FBI profiler point of view, the origin of the word “serial killer” as shown graphically recently by Rich Westwood, from the mind of killer-mind of detective link point of view, the character of Hannibal Lector, and the double plot where you are misdirected throughout as to who the criminal is and generally what on earth is going on, as Lector sits in his cell weaving his own brand of deception/mind-games. I also love the character of Will as a true obsessive to the nth degree.

    • I agree that Red Dragon was a better book Maxine and it did get a mention on the show. Just nice to see what is often a fairly highbrow show discussing genre without the sneering attitude that can sometimes creep in.

  6. I haven’t notice it because I was off the radar for the past 2 weeks myself! I’m happy to hear you have bought a new house and settling in. It’s one of those wonderful moments in life I hope you are happily living in your new abode.

    • Wow Bill – I can’t quite imagine what it would be like to live in the same place for that long…though hopefully I will learn as I don’t plan on moving again after this move and I’m ‘only’ 44 :)

  7. Congratulations on the new home! With moving day coming up nobody should be surprised to see this blog a little quieter than usual until you get settled in. We’re all cheering for you! Congratulations on the new home!

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