OK, so you got some books for Christmas, some great, some really not what you wanted to read. So what did I love? Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Wally Lamb’s We Are Water, Maria McCann’s Ace, King, Knave, and Garry Disher’s Bitter Wash Road. What didn’t I like? Tim Winton’s Eyrie. I did finish it, but it’s not a book I’ll cherish or recommend. What did I give up on? The Booker Prize winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton at about page 150 (seems to be the standard giveup place) and a new book by Brian Conaghan When Mr Dog Bites. The best book about Tourette’s is still Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn. Nothing else comes close, just poor attempts to copy. You can tell I need a holiday!