In November I shall be ……

….. getting back into a proper blogging routine after dipping my toe back into the water in October.

There are lot of books that I really must write about, and a couple of things happening that I know will add more wonderful titles to that list.

First there’s …..

….. hosted at Coffeespoons and the Literary Stew.

The NYRB list is wonderful – one that I dare not look at too often for fear of buying far too many books – and the idea of a week to celebrate it is lovely.

Here are the books I have to hand that I might read:

    • The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
    • Wish Her Safe at Home by Stephen Benatar
    • Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati
    • Victorine by Maude Phelps Hutchins
    • The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
    • Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sea by Patrick Hamilton
    • The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
    • A Month in the Country by J L Carr
    • Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
    • Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood
    • Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler
    • Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

I know I have a few books in my Virago Collection that have been published by NYRB too, but  I’m only counting books that I associate with NYRB first and foremost. Anything else would feel like cheating, and I’m spoiled for choice already!

And then there’s the November Novella Challenge, hosted once again by J.T. from Bibliofreak.

I loved this last year and I’m so pleased that it’s happening again. I love those little books that are more than a short story but not quite a full blown novel.

Here are the books that might fit this challenge that I’ve pulled from my shelves and ordered in from the library:

    • The Devil’s Pool by George Sand
    • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    • Beside The Sea by Veronique Olmi
    • Seducers in Ecuador and the Heir by Vita Sackville-West
    • Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler
    • The Stepdaughter by Caroline Blackwood
    • Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal
    • Sitting in the Club-Car Drinking Rum & Karma-Kola by Paulette Giles
    • The Rector and the Doctor’s Family by Mrs Oliphant
    • Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark
    • The Paper House by Carlos Maria Dominguez

I won’t have time to get to them all – and I have to admit that a few were on last years list and are still waiting. Are there any you can particularly recommend I wonder?

7 responses

  1. I’m not familiar with any of them so I’m no good to you on recommendations! I just say yay to the reading and looking forward to reading your reviews!

  2. Lots of interesting things here! I’m joining in the NYRB challenge too – am thinking of reading Wish Her Safe at Home myself so would love to hear your thoughts if you do too! It is only very recently that I even heard of their classics series so I am very excited to read more of them!

    Novella-reading sounds great too – it’s not on your list but I’ve just read Turgenev’s First Love (which is one of the marvellous Penguin ‘Great Loves’ series)…I think that counts as a novella although I’m not too sure of the actual definition – ! Very good, anyway.

  3. Lots of titles I’ve never come across before. I’ll be coming back to check your thoughts on the ones you’ve read! I’ve watched the TV adaptation of Hamilton’s Twenty Thousand Streets which was wonderful and have his Hangover Square to read:)

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