I am reading ….. lots of books!

Tidying up yesterday, I was a litle more thorough than usual. And I put all of the books that I was reading in one pile. I was started to find that there were nine of them. Maybe a little excessive, but I need a choice. Some books have to be read slowly, with intervals between chapters to ponder. And I need to be able to pick up the right book for the right mood – or the right degree of concentration.

Here’s just a little about each of the nine:

I’m reading Georgette Heyer for the Classics Circuit. I had intended to read a regency novel, but I found a selection of her crime books on offer (3 for £5!) and they called me much louder. I picked No Wind of Blame to read first and I am loving it. A wonderful golden age mystery. And I’ll be posting about it on Thursday.

I have only just discovered Salley Vickers and I am smitten. Isn’t it lovely to find a new author with a backlist to explore?! Mr Golightly’s Holiday is both charming and clever, and definitely a book to be read slowly and savoured.

The first six Bloomsbury Group novels have been on my shelf for a while now. Even though I own two of them in Virago editions. I try not to be a completist, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I kept meaning to pick one up, but I couldn’t decide, and they were all books that I felt had to be read at just the right moment. But this week, after seeing a copy of Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker in the library I just had to pull out my copy and start reading. I am pleased to be able to confirm that this book is a gem!

Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida caught my eye in the library on Saturday. The concept and the opening were so engaging that I brought it home and started to read straight away. I’ll finish it tonight and so I’ll save my thoughts for tomorrow.

The Old Curiosity Shop is this years Dickens. I’m progressing slowly and steadily, which I find to be the best way to read Dickens.

The Virago Modern Classics group on Good Reads has been reading Elizabeth Taylor in February. I picked up A Game of Hide and Seek and I am loving it, but I think it’s more of a summer book and so I am going to put it on hold for a while. And March is Rosamond Lehmann month, so I have picked up The Weather in the Streets instead.

Daphne Du Maurier writes warmly of Love In The Sun by her friend Leo Walmesley. A few chapters in I can see why. A semi autobiographical story of a young couple who set up home together in Cornwall, it is simple, honest, and quite lovely. I suspect that I will be campaigning for it to be reissued very soon!

A Grain of Sand by Erma Harvey Jones is a memoir of growing up in Cornwall between the wars. I hadn’t intended to bring it home just yet, but when I read the first page I just had to. It captures both the magic and the reality of Cornwall just perfectly.

Helen Simonson’s debut novel Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand arrived from Bloomsbury a few weeks ago. It’s a lovely book, another to be read slowly and savoured, but I’m nearly done. And I shall miss the Major when he goes.

And that’s it. Each a great book in it’s own way.

So now tell me, how many books are you reading? Do you like to have a choice on hand, or do you prefer to focus on one book at a time?

14 responses

  1. Oh, what a lovely stack! I have Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand on hold at the library and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Simon T’s review of A Game of Hide and Seek put that one on my TBR list several weeks ago and I’ve just won a copy of Miss Hargreaves, which I can’t wait to receive and read! Though I know nothing about it, Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name is a gorgeous title. Happy reading!

  2. I love how different each book is and that you have so many great ones to pick from. As I get older I find that I can only really concentrate on one book at a time, but I love to have stacks and stacks to pick from!

  3. I enjoyed this post. It is a consolation to know there are other book ‘grazers’ out there that flutter back and forth between books like a butterfly. Have always felt rather guilty about this, but now at least I have the consolation of knowing I’m in elevated company!

  4. What a fabulous stack! I just read a review of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand in the New York Times this morning – sounds wonderful!

  5. Currently I’m reading (or rather have started) five books – I don’t think I could manage nine!

    Of your pile I’ve read Mr Golightly’s Holiday which I just loved.

  6. I do that too! Many piles of books. I am desperate to read Lovei n the sun and can’t wait to hear about it. I liked MrGolightly too and the Viragos.

  7. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Miss H – glad you’re enjoying so far.

    I think I’ve got everything Vickers has written, but have STILL not read anything by her… she’s been on my reading horizons for five years now, but somehow never worked her way to the top of the pile.

  8. Oh, and I’m reading probably about eight books at the moment… let’s think…
    The Provincial Lady in Wartime – EM Delafield
    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
    Mrs. Dose the Doctor’s Wife – Joyce Dennys
    Travels With My Aunt – Graham Greene
    High Wages – Dorothy Whipple
    The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan
    Matty and the Dearingroydes – Richmal Crompton
    Hector and the Search for Happiness – someone French…

    Those are the ones I can remember!

  9. Such a lovely stack of books to delve into! I usually focus on one book at a time when it comes to fiction but will dip in and out of a stack of non-fiction as the mood strikes me.

  10. I don’t mean to read multiple books but I think that I have about 8 on the go at the moment – unless I have forgotten something.
    I usually read different things at different times and in different places although occasionally one will be more compelling than others and I will get on faster with that than others.
    As I’m at the office now I haven’t got them to hand but included in the 8 are: Twisted Wing by Ruth Newman; Dear Mr Bigelow by Frances Woodsford; Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong;And Did Those Feet by Charlie Connelly; Richmal Crompton’s Family Roundabout and High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. Can’t for the life of me remember what the other two are!

  11. Oh, dear. Probably about a dozen. So many that I avoid stacking them. The current reads occupy the upper echelons of the various stacks near the bedside, carefully distributed as though to dissipate full-blown reader’s panic…

  12. I stumbled across your blog today. I’ll look out for some of your book suggestions. I lived in Cornwall for several years and love to read and write about Cornwall. My first book, A Graceful Death, was published last November and is based in a fictional village (a cross between St. Agnes and Perranporth.

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