Now We Are Six …..

….. my blog and I. It was six years ago today that I pressed ‘post’ for the first time.

I feel that I should say something profound, but I’m just going to say THANK YOU!

To everyone who has come by and to everyone whose paths I’ve crossed and whose words I’ve read.

It’s been lovely to meet you!

(And if you’ve been quietly lurking I’d be so pleased if you decided that today was the day to say ‘hello’.)

There have been ups and downs along the way, but I’m still so glad that I took that first step.

I thought I should do something, and it occurred to me that I could adapt Jo’s game of sixes.

Six books for each of my six years. Not necessary my favourite six, but six very good books to track my reading journey.

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1The Great Western Beach by Emma Smith

Doreen by Barbara Noble

South Riding by Winifred Holtby

Miss Cayley’s Adventures by Grant Allen

The Solitude of Thomas Cave by Georgina Harding

London War Notes 1939 to 1945 by Mollie Panter-Downes

A pitch perfect memoir of a Cornish childhood; a sensitive account of the torn loyalties of a wartime evacuee; I can think of no word but masterpeice; a lovely heroine’s adventure at the end of the 19th century; maybe the best opening of a novel ever; life in wartime London caught perfectly.

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2Love in the Sun by Leo Walmsley

Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico

Florence and Giles by John Harding

Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye Smith

Diamond Star Halo by Tiffany Murphy

Beside the Sea by Veronica Olmi

It’s wonderful what you find on the Cornish shelves in the library; bitter-sweet and pitch-perfect; a gothic tale in a wonderful, unique voice; if only all rural novels were; a new story with lovely roots in books gone by; a tale to leave you lost for words.

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3Sacrifice by S J Bolton

Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd

Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown

Never No More by Maura Laverty

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart

This was the year of my Crime Fiction Alphabet; I was inspired to write a letter to a wonderful heroine; in which it is proved that border terrier people can really write; oh, Delia;  I was captivated; one of my mother’s favourite became one of mine.

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4Ten Days of Christmas by G B Stern

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

The One I Knew the Best of All by Frances Hodgson-Burnett

White Ladies by Frances Brett Young

Catherine Carter by Pamela Hansford Johnson

A wonderful discovery in the basement of a used bookshop; a timeless wintery tale; the essence of Cornwall; the author as a child who loved books and gardens; I wondered and when I saw the reviews of a Librarything friend I knew that I would love FBY; I passed by her books when I was younger, but this one caught my eye years later, and I loved it.

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5The Love-Charm of Bombs by Laura Fiegel

The Pinecone by Jenny Uglow

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

Five authors and their work in wartime illuminated; and extraordinary lady, who left such a legacy; my favourite Pym; A story of magical creatures that says much about humanity; of course there has to be a Margaret Kennedy novel; a lovely little book, full of wintery words and images.

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6The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

Tryst by Elswyth Thwaite

Four Gardens by Margery Sharp

Valentine by George Sand

Now I understand my so many so love this book; this was a wonderful way to vist the past; I fell in love with Trollope this year; a lost gem – romantic suspense at its very best;  no list of this kind would be complete without Margery; I saved this book because I thought it would be special and I was right.

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 I wonder what happens next.

I don’t know how much longer this will go on, but for now at least I have no plans to go anywhere.

I have one or two things planned for next year, and I need to simplify things a little bit. I’ll explain more another day.

Today is for saying THANK YOU!

59 responses

    • Thank you. I’m glad we crossed paths, because we have an overlap in tastes and I’ve also been interested in reading about books you read that I probably won’t get to, having just the one reading lifetime.

  1. Many congratulations Jane – that’s some milestone, and I hope you’ll continue bringing us thoughts about the books you like and characters you encounter.

  2. Marvelous list! Now you are six you’re “as clever as clever,” and you can keep blogging for ever and ever.

  3. Dear Fleur, Happy 6th Anniversary and hope there will be many more yet to celebrate. have so enjoyed your blog and always look forward to your posts. All the best.

  4. Congratulations on your anniversary! I remember quite a few of those reviews & read some of the books after reading your review. Can’t believe six years have passed so quickly!

  5. All my congratulations, Jane! I’ve discovered so many wonderful books and authors (Mary Stewart!) through you so I want to thank you for your blog and for writing such fantastic posts. I hope you are around for many years to come.

  6. Congratulations and thank you from me too! Looking at your lists, I think I discovered your blog in 2011 – I do remember some of those titles from your posts. And I am thinking of naming the Margaret Kennedy section of the TBR piles in your honor!

  7. Happy Blogoanniversary Jane!! Wishing you 60 more years of wonderful blogging and followers!! What a lovely game. I so remember reading your review on Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy….It was around that time I became one of your dedicated followers!!! Awesome job!! Congratulations again!!

  8. Well i read about 7 blogs and you are the only one who reviews unusual,great books both old and new.
    A fresh,must read blog.And you do not short change your readers by only blogging occasionally or going posting very short /off piste stuff.

  9. Happy sixth blogiversary! I’ve not read any of the books you’ve listed so I think I shall have a gander at what you’ve written so find some new books to read (after I lift my book buying ban). I do have a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo, however, so that can be my starting point.

  10. Happy sixth birthday to your lovely blog. I love reading your posts and Briar’s. Thank you for writing such a lovely blog, I find out about so many different books here, there are some on the lists above that I must now read. I hope you continue to enjoy it and I will always look forward to your posts. All the best. Lindsay x

  11. So many wonderful wonderful books. Where to begin. I just started to read Mary Stewart again and other books I read 30 or 40 years ago. Love your blog – congratulations on 6 years

  12. Congratulations Jane. I thought of you and Briar as I stomped about the North Cornwall coast this summer. Thanks for all the great book recommendations – here’s to many more! 🙂

  13. Happy 6th anniversary to “Fleur In Her World”! May there be many more sixes to come. 🙂 Yours is definitely one of my favourite corners in the world, both virtual and real. Best wishes to you and yours, in all that the future may hold!

  14. I’m late to the party but wanted to say congratulations!! If you started blogging six years ago then that means your blog was a wee young thing when I first started to read your excellent posts. You have inspired and enriched my reading life, that is for sure. I agree with the other comments that your reading nook is one of the best spots in the blogosphere. Yes, please don’t go anywhere!

  15. It goes so quickly. Thank you for using my Sixes as a way of showing us all lots of lovely books to read. I have read a few new authors since I have been visiting your blog and I am most greatful for the expansion in my reading.

  16. I am afraid I am one of those “lurking”! Happy 6th birthday! I greatly enjoy reading your blog but haven’t been a commenter. Thank you for sharing your 6 of the best and will enjoy pursing these new bookish avenues, as indeed I have many of your other recommendations.

  17. Happy 6th birthday to your wonderful blog. I love those numerals and the wide variety of lovely books by their sides. 🙂

  18. I’m a lurker but I want to say Happy 6th Anniversary. Love reading your blog and hearing about Briar
    (wonderful name for a border terrier).

  19. Happy blog birthday! I look forward to reading through many years to come! My own book blog is coming up for 10 years old next year and it’s changed SO much in that time!

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