…. the last week went missing, thanks to a horrible cough and cold, a tricky few days when I went back to work, and a computer that started playing up horribly, and in the end had to have it’s factory settings restored.
But still I’ve managed to read more this month than I have in a long time:
‘The Lodger’ by Louisa Treger
‘The Faithful Servant’s by Margery Sharp (re-read)
‘The Curiosity Cabinet’ by Catherine Czerkawska
‘Jill’ by Amy Dillwyn
‘The Crooked House’ by Christobel Kent
‘The Prime Minister’ by Anthony Trollope
‘Linnets and Valerians’ by Elizabeth Goudge
‘Weathering’ by Lucy Wood
‘Enchanter’s Nightshade’ by Ann Bridge
‘The Young Pretenders’ by Edith Henrietta Fowler
‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent
‘The Gipsy in the Parlour’ by Margery Sharp
‘Don’t Let Him Know’ by Sandip Roy
‘The Duke’s Children’ by Anthony Trollope
I have to give great credit to the TBR dare, for keeping me away from the library and making me realise how many great books have been waiting on my shelves for far too long.
To date I’ve knocked eight books off the physical TBR and six books off the virtual TBR.
My book of the month has to be ‘Weathering’ by Lucy Wood, and I’ve not read a book that I haven’t liked.
‘Linnets and Valerians’ and ‘The Young Pretenders were for the Classic Children’s Literature Event.
I came to the end of Trollope’s Palliser novels; after eight months months in their company I’ll miss them, but I want to try some of Trolloe’s other books and I still want to read ‘The Forsyte Saga’.
‘The Gipsy in the Parlour’ – set in Devon – was my first book for Reading England.
Margery Sharp Day, on the 25th was a joy, and I am still absolutely delighted that so many found and enjoyed a book.
Since then I’ve been dabbling, and all of these have been picked up and partly read:
‘Saraband’ by Eliot Bliss (the jury is out)
‘The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife And The Missing Corpse’ by Piu Marie Eatwell (just as good as it sounds)
‘Troy Chimneys’ by Margaret Kennedy (one of her best)
‘The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (half-way through, and I love it)
‘Lady Anna’ by Anthony Trollope (I was smitten from the first page)
I’ll pick them up again in February, which I want to be a simple, project free month of reading the books that call.
I’ve added a couple of books to a new ‘after the TBR Dare list on my library account.
And I’ve added a few judicious purchases to my personal library:
‘Three Fevers’ by Leo Walmsley
‘Fire Over England’ by A E W Mason
‘Winds of the Day’ by Howard Spring
‘The Houses in Between’ by Howard Spring
‘All The Day Long’ by Howard Spring
‘The Jasmine Isle’ by Joanna Harystiani
‘Harlequin House’ by Margery Sharp
‘A Century of Creepy Stories’ edited by Hugh Walpole
They’re very much ‘library building purchases’; six on a day when I had an appointment in Truro and seized the chance to visit my favourite bookshop, one came from a local charity shop, and ‘Harlequin House’ arrived because I’ve been looking for an affordable copy for a long time and I finally found one.
I’ll have difficulty resisting that one until the dare is over, but I could read ‘All The Day Long’ because I had a tatty old copy and so the lovely, signed, hardback edition is an upgrade.
My old copy has gone to a charity shop, in one of seven bags we dropped off this afternoon.
I must declare one addition to the virtual TBR – ‘After The Storm’ by Jane Lythell – because I loved her first book, and because it was a ridiculously good bargain.
That was January.
A very good month for books and reading.
Now tell me, how was your month?
What do you have planned for next month?