I never could resist the chance to make a list, and so Simon’s Five Book Meme is completely irresistible …
1. The book I’m currently reading
The story of the 20th century told through snapshot of one family – a family saga like nothing I’ve read before, and I am loving it.
2. The last book I finished
A wonderful addition to the Persephone Books list: a long out of print novel from 1911 that captures the heart and soul of the struggle for female suffrage. I’m still gathering my thought, and I’ll write a little more soon.
3. The next book I want to read
Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth by Chris Priestley
I’ve saved this one for a while, torn between really wanting to read it and not wanting to run out of Chris Priestley’s spooky short stories. But I think Halloween is the time …
4. The last book I bought
Speaking of Love by Angela Young
I spotted this one on a low shelf in a charity shop. It rang a bell, and I placed it when I looked at the back cover and saw:
‘If you like Maggie O’Farrell, You’ll Love Angela Young’ STUCK IN A BOOK
5. The last book I was given
The Yangtze Valley and Beyond by Isabella Bird
My fiance is a trained Virago spotter, and he bought this one home for me last week.
So those are my five books – what are yours?
The Isabella Bird should be good. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventures in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve read one other of her travel writings too but can’t remember the title now.
I can also tell you that The Tunnel’s Mouth is very good. But I do hate having no more of these excellent tales to read.
I have been trying to get a copy of the Jo Baker book as I read her last one The Telling and absolutely loved it. Sadly the library doesn’t have one (or plans to get copies either) so I will probably have to wait until (if) it goes into ordinary paperback!
My five are: Currently reading- ‘A Thread of Grace’ by Mary Doria Russell about Jewish refugees in the Italian Alps which is brilliantly written and very moving.
Last book: The Girl King by Meg Clothier about 10th century Georgia, and a girl’s battle to succeed her father’s throne , caught between the might of the Russians and the Moslem Seljuks – a fascinating picture of a period and a country I know very little about.
Want to read: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – it is fantasy about a girl caught between the mortal and supernatural world and I don’t know much more at the moment except that it was recommended very highly and the library want it back so I had better get a move on!
Last book I bought: Middlemarch by George Eliot – for Dovegreyreader’s readalong. Hopefully I will do better with this than with War & Peace!
Last book I was given- well sadly I don’t get given that many books but I have put Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple on my Christmas list so I am hoping that one of my daughters might buy it for me!
This is a good meme. The Picture book looks good, I do like a saga so look forward to reading your review.
Thanks for playing! And hurrah that you bought Speaking of Love – I think it will really be up your street. I’ve read it a couple times, loved it both times, will definitely be reading it again in the future.
Of course I’m going to have to get No Surrender after all the positive things I keep reading about it…
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