Monday 25/1/16: In the Mailbox & What I’m Reading

Last Monday of January! What happened there? I would say I’m looking forward to cooler weather but we’ve been pretty lucky over the last week with a few surprise storms. I’m also looking forward to a couple of days off after a convoluted shift swap (all I know is holiday now, work later).

I received one book in the mail this week from Hardie Grant and The Reading Room. Clara Bensen’s No Baggage is a memoir/travel adventure of meeting an unconventional university professor and then travelling to eight countries in three weeks with no luggage. It sounds really fun and perhaps I’ll learn to pack a bit lighter!

I also finally managed to track down the last two books in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
and The Story of the Lost Child. I’m not game to read the back cover blurbs because I don’t want spoilers, but they continue the story of Lila and Elena.

If you want to check out more exciting bookshelves, do drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies. Overseen by Vicki (I’d Rather Be at the Beach), Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit), I’m sure you’ll find many books for the wish list!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Book Date and formerly by Book Journey and J Kaye. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

What I Read Last Week:

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

What I’m Reading at the Moment:


The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (will finish this week)


The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Up Next:

No idea! (I only start thinking about new books when I’m near the end of my current read).

21 thoughts on “Monday 25/1/16: In the Mailbox & What I’m Reading

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  1. Did you know David Sedaris has been in Australia doing a tour? I saw him last night and he was very interesting, as usual. Enjoy your reading week.

  2. Glad you found the other Ferrante books… the blurbs definitely contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous book, so it’s a good idea to avoid them. I’ve never read a David Sedaris book, but love to listen to them. He narrates them himself is is so, so funny! Have a good week.

  3. Haha, No Baggage sounds great! I look forward to reading your review! I’m not much for autobiography, but this one has really peaked my interest!

  4. Hi Sam,

    I hope that you enjoy your well earned time off and that the new shift patterns work themselves out soon!

    Like yourself, I only usually decide on my next book, when I am close to the end of my current read, although every time I sit at my office desk, I look longingly at the crowded bookshelves and wonder if I will ever get around to reading them all.

    The Elena Ferrante series looks quite good, although whether I would be disciplined enough to read 4 installments back to back, is another matter entirely 🙂

    Enjoy your reading week,


  5. I love the covers of the Elena Ferrante’s books! The only versions I’ve seen are the Europa editions, which are also nice, but quite different.

  6. Looking forward to hearing how you found Versions of Us on audio – I really enjoyed this book but did spend the first quarter or so trying to keep the different threads clear in my mind.

    1. I really liked it – you just had to be sure that you listened to the Version number at the start. Otherwise there was usually a hint related to who Eva or Jim were with early on 🙂

      1. That’s interesting because in the book there was no version number at the beginning of each chapter, you kind of had to work it out.

  7. Late visiting but better late than never, right? lol Love the sound of the travel memoir, I couldn’t do no baggage but I could use some tips for travelling without paying excess baggage lol. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

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