The last month of the year is here, and so it’s time to play a particular game:
“Take the first line of each month’s post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year.”
So here goes …
“Arthur is gone … Tristram in Careol
Sleeps, with a broken sword – and Yseult sleeps
Beside him, where the Westering waters roll
Over drowned Lyonesse to the outer deeps.”
“Nearly ten years after I bought the book I have read every single word, every single footnote, and I am very nearly lost for words. I loved it that much.”
“The cover caught my eye, the title intrigued me, and when I picked up the book I and started reading I realised that I would have to carry on and see the story through to the end.”
“It has been quite a week.”
“I’m not quite sure where April has gone.”
“Do you remember your first step into the world of proper, grown-up work?”
“I’ve always hoped that I would fall in love with Ann Radcliffe’s novels, with the coming together of the gothic and the romantic, but I was scared to take the first step and so I needed that spin.”
“I haven’t done one of these for a while, and it just felt like time ….”
“This is lovely: a quite beautifully written book that speaks so profoundly. I find myself wanting to say so much, and at the same time being almost lost for words.”
“I fell in love with Can You Forgive Her, my first Trollope and my first Palliser novel, and when I had to leave that book behind I knew that if wouldn’t be too long before I stepped back into Trollope’s world with the next novel in this particular sequence.”
From Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
“The Classics Club Spin is beginning again.”
“I’d seen Patricia Wentworth’s books in the library, I’d picked up a couple in charity shops, but it was Lisa’s warm praise that had me seeking out the first book in the series and starting to read. “
And that’s it!
Now I could draw conclusions:
- I like a list
- This year has had ups and downs
- I’ve read some great books
But I knew that!
It’s been lovely looking back to find my firsts.
Do have a go – it’s fun to do, and I’d love to see.