I must confess that I tried to write a post about bookish resolutions, but it seemed dreadfully dull and too full of things I know I’ve written about before.
An A to Z of things to come – mainly bookish, but a little knitterly in places, seemed much more fun.
And here it is …
A is for Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley. I read the first chapter, which was wonderful, and then I misplaced the book. I’ve just found it in my work bag (thrown into a corner when I left my last job rather suddenly) and I plan to get back to it this weekend.
B is for Barbara Pym. I haven’t read Barbara Pym for ages but I plan to read lots this year, celebrating her centenary with the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics Group.
C is for Campbell. I read one of Karen Campbell’s crime novels years ago and I always meant to read more. Now she has written a book about the relationship between an asylum seeker and his mentor – This is Where I am, to be published by Bloomsbury Circus in March – and I am intrigued.
D is for The Death of Lynton Wilder and the Consequences Thereof by E A Dinely is coming from Corsair in March. And a mystery, in a country house, with a governess, with a title like that, is simply irresistible.
E is for Elizabeth’s Women by Tracy Borman. I’m reading Serving Victoria by Kate Hubbard and it leaves me eager to read a little more quality royal history. I remember Darlene praising this one, and there’s a copy in a library further up the county that I can order in.
F is for Fidelity by Susan Glaspell. When I tidied my Persephone bookcase I pulled this one out to read this month.
G is for Greenwood. Reading Claire’s Top Reads 2012 reminded me that I still have Eden’s Garden by Juliet Greenwood on my bedside table, and that I really so want to read it.
H is for Havisham.I’m in the middle of a re-read of Great Expectations, and when I’m done I plan to read Ronald Frame’s prequel.
I is for Ivy Compton-Burnett. I ordered More Women Than Men from the library after reading Simon’s enthusiastic review, and the same day that I picked it up I spotted a copy in the Oxfam shop. Naturally I bought it!
J is for Jessica Mitford. I picked up Grace had an English Heart – a book about the life and legend of Grace Darling – in the library. It looks wonderful!
K is for King of a Rainy Country by Brigid Brophy. There’s a lovely new edition, endorsed by Ali Smith, courtesy of The Colecanth Press, and reading about it has inspired me to pull out my own Virago edition.
L is for Leo Walmsley. I’m not sure yet which book I’m going to read next, but I think it’s between Foreigners and Sound of the Sea.
M is for Morgan McCarthy. I loved her first book and I’m told that her second – The Outline of Love, to be published by Tinder Press in May – is even better!
N is for No New Yarn. I’m undertaking the knitting equivalent of the Double Dog Dare. Everything I knit in 2013 will be from yarn I already own!
O is for O’Brien. I am eager to read The Country Girl, Edna O’Brien’s autobiography but there is a big queue at the library, and so I am waiting a while to make sure I can read it at my leisure.
P is for A Pixy in Petticoats by John Trevena. I spotted this one in the Valancourt Books catalogue last week. It’s a semi-autobiographical tale of a romance between a consumptive writer and a pixy, it’s set on Dartmoor and it will do very nicely for 1906 in my Century of Books.
Q is for Queenie. I haven’t added a new hat to my collection for ages, but I have this one in mind. I have the pattern, I have the yarn, and it’s not going to be difficult to scale up to an adult size.
R is for Re-reading. Ali is devoting the whole of this month to re-reading. I couldn’t do a whole month but I plan to scatter a good number of re-reads through the year. Some classics, some that will fit into the latter years of my Century of Books, some Agatha Christie …
S is for Sampler Cardigan. This is my current nursing home knitting. I’m using this pattern but I’m having a different stitch for every panel instead of three repeating.It’s early days but my mum has been enjoying looking through stitch directories and, God willing, the cardigan will be her 80th birthday present next November.
T is for Turn of the Century Salon: A literary Event for 2013, hosted by Katherine at November’s Autumn.
U is for Ursula Holden. I loved Tin Toys and I am so pleased that Virago is about to reissue the whole trilogy and that I shall soon be finding out what happens next..
V is for Victor Hugo. I had my copy of Les Miserables marked off into 52 weekly installments for a readalong last year, but life got in the way. I want to try again this year, because what I read I loved.
W is for Willa Cather. I missed last year’s challenge but I still plan to re-read all of Willa Cather’s novels, chronologically.
X is for Exiles. I have to cheat a little here, it’s in a very good cause. Persephone Books will be publishing and The Exiles Return, a novel by Elisabeth de Waal, a little later in the year and I am intrigued.
Y is for The Young Ardizzone. This has been in my library pile for ages. On one hand I want to read it, but on the other hand I really don’t want to have to give it back.
Z is for Zola. After a lot of dithering I’ve pretty much decided that I’m not going to try to read Zola chronologically, I’m going to read whichever book grabs my attention next.