… because I like to do this from time to time, and the time seems right.
A is for ANTHONY TROLLOPE. I have a book and a half of the Pallisers left to read and then I plan to read some of the standalone novels, seeing how many counties I can tick off for Reading England. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
B is for BEACH. The rain has stayed away this week and we haven’t had much wind either, so with low tide in the afternoon Briar has enjoyed several good runs on the beach.
C is for CROOKED. I read ‘Crooked House’ (by Lissa Evans) and Crooked Herring (by L C Tyler) last month and I loved them both.
D is for DISTANT SUN. I’ve always loved this song.
E is for ELIZA ROBERTSON. I’ve read several from her new volume of short stories – ‘Wallflowers’ – and I am intrigued.
F is for FOUNTAIN. Rebecca West’s ‘The Fountain Overflows’ is on my Classics Club list and I have it ready to read on my bedside table.
G is for GREEN DOLPHIN STREET. One of several lovely books that I might read for Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week in April,
H is for THE HEART TO ARTEMIS. I’ve loved Bryher’s historical novels and this bookish memoir looks wonderful.
I is for ISHMAEL. Lyn’s enthusiasm for William Hootkin’s narration of Moby Dick tempted me to listen to a sample, and it sounds fabulous.
J is for JOURNAL. The man of the house have me a Persephone diary for Christmas. I’m not a diary keeper, so I’m going to use it as a book journal for the year.
K is for KNITTING. After a year of small projects (and an aran for the man of the house) 2015 is going to be about wardrode building for me.
L is for LOCKED. Nobody came to open the Morrab Gardens on Monday or Tuesday, and Briar was so disappointed that she couldn’t have one of her favourite morning walks.
M is for MARGERY SHARP DAY – 25th January 2015! What are you going to read?
N is for NATIONAL GALLERY. I’m re-reading ‘The Faithful Servants’ by Margery Sharp, Miss Quartermaine and Miss Xavier are making daily pilgrimages to the National Gallery, and I so wish I could go with them.
O is for O PIONEERS! I tidied the Virago bookcase yesterday, and I line up all of my Willa Cather novels in the right order for re-reading. ‘O Pioneers!’ is next.
P is for PROW PULLOVER. Still on the needles.
Q is for QUIXOTE. Helen has me thinking that maybe I will read ‘Don Quixote’ one of these days.
R is for THE RAVEN’S HEAD. I loved Karen Maitland’s last book and it’s lovely to know that this new one will be out on March.
S is for SARAH SMITH. Lisa has been singing her praises and so I’ve tracked down my copies of her books and I’ll start reading soon.
T is for TIDE TIMES. We can look out of the window, but I need to buy a little yellow book showing tide times and heights for the new year so that we can plan ahead for beach walks and know when the biggest high tides are coming.
U is for UNHAPPY. Lips are Unhappy by Lucky Soul is one of those songs that always works.
V is for VOGUE KNITTING. I love the mosaic knitting in the new issue.
W is for WEATHERING is Lucy Wood’s first novel, it’s published in January, and I’m already sure it will be in my box of books for 2015.
X is for EXHIBITION. I’m so pleased that there is another exhibition of rare photographs, from local archives, coming to Penlee House next month.
Y is for YOKES. I try to not buy too many knitting books, but this one was irresisitable.
Z is for ZEMINDAR by Valerie Fitzgerald. I’ve read much praise for this book and so I was delighted to find a brand new copy in the library just before the deadline for the TBR dare.