March 2019 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging at the end of October 2023. Every six-ish days, I’ve been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I’ve found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

I started the month with Brussels Comic Con, and got photographs with both Billie Piper and Michelle Gomez.

The following weekend I went to Kosovo for a conference (dubbed into Albanian from 38:00 here) and caught up with my former intern – now the same age as I was when she worked for me, fifteen years before.

But my big trip that month was to Nashville, Tennessee, to give a lecture on Brexit, which I linked with a couple of days in Washington where I admired the portrait of Alice Roosevelt Longworth in the Willard Hotel.

In Nashville, the goddess Athena inside the replica of the Parthenon is very disturbing.

I took B and F for a walk in the park, and frites.

I ended a month of much travel in Dublin, filming the Hugo announcement video. Our last filmed segment was on Howth Head with the legendary artist Jim Fitzpatrick.

The grimmest news of the month was the murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee. I did not know her, but we had a lot of mutual friends.

It being the month when Hugo nominations closed, and when the Brexit drama was occupying much of my thinking time, I read only five books.

Plays: 1 (YTD 1)
Faustus Kelly, by Flann O’Brien

sf (non-Who): 3 (YTD 15)
Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee
Rosewater, by Tade Thompson
Before Mars, by Emma Newman

Doctor Who, etc: 1 (YTD 4)
Present Danger, ed. Eddie Robson

1,500 pages (YTD 11,000)
1/5 (YTD 12/36) by non-male writers (Newman)
2/5 (YTD 4/36) by PoC (Lee, Thompson)

With only five books I won’t go into great detail about what was bad and what was good, but Rosewater by Tade Thompson was good, and you can get it here.