So the lovely long work free, stress free days of August are over, and today has seen me back at work after a lovely six weeks off. Going back after such a long break is pretty painful and each year my reading suffers as I adjust to the old routine, of limited reading and blogging time. August was a great month for me reading wise, I read 14 books, and a novella and some short stories out of my huge Capote collection. Anyone paying attention may notice books on the list which haven’t popped up on my blog as yet; the first of those He Wants by Alison Moore I read for the lovely Shiny New Books so not reviewing here – I hugely recommend it, my review will be included in their October publication, the last three books on the list – I simply haven’t got around to reviewing yet.
August was All Virago/All August over on the Librarything Virago group, which saw many of us reading lots of Virago (and Persephone) books, I claim 7 for AV/AA. There was only one really big disappointment in my reading this month, and as quite enough has been said about The Lemon Grove already we’ll skirt around that, as everything else was pretty fantastic.
So here’s the list – minus the novella and short stories from A Capote Reader – which I am intending to read the rest of, at some point.
75 The Soldier’s Art (1966) Anthony Powell (F)
76 The Song of the Lark (1915) Willa Cather (F)
77 He Wants (2014) Alison Moore (F)
78 Tea at Four O’clock (1956) Janet McNeill (F)
79 Bricks and Mortar (1933) Helen Ashton (F)
80 Ruffian on the Stair (2001) Nina Bawden (F)
81 The Lemon Grove (2014) Helen Walsh (F)
82 The Willow Cabin (1949) Pamela Frankau (F)
83 Goodbye to Berlin (1939) Christopher Isherwood (F)
84 The Water Beetle (1962) Nancy Mitford (NF)
85 Instructions for a Heatwave (2013) Maggie O’Farrell (F)
86 Were That were young (1932) Irene Rathbone (F)
87 Pomfret Towers (1938) Angela Thirkell (F)
88 Summer Crossing (2005) Truman Capote (F)
My outstanding reads for August were:
1 Tea at Four O’clock – Janet McNeill – my first McNeill it won’t be my last and I have been alerted to a reprint of her being issued in October.
2 The Willow Cabin – Pamela Frankau – Maybe my favourite Virago ever – and that is quite a statement, I now want to track down more Frankau to read.
3 Ruffian on the Stair – Nina Bawden, Yes another Virago – an easy engrossing read, Bawden’s last novel published the year before she was horribly injured and her husband killed in the Potter’s Bar rail disaster.
4 Instructions on a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell, a novel which recalled my childhood for me in a little fit of nostalgic reading, it has wonderful characterisation and is another lovely quickish and thoroughly engrossing read.
So on to September; and I don’t have any definite plans reading wise, except of course my next Anthony Powell read The Military Philosophers, coming up in the next week or two. I also need to tackle Gone Girl for my book group, a novel I’m nervous about, it’s not really my kind of thing I don’t think. There’s a chance I’ll be doing some more reading and reviewing for Shiny New Books too, if I do I may post a little teaser nearer the time.
I have also imposed a little book buying ban on myself – it probably won’t stick, they never do, but honestly I have been terrible over the summer. So bad in fact I can’t remember everything I bought – several are on my kindle, but most of them have simply been swallowed up by the bookcase. Pictured are just a few of the books I have bought this month.
What will you be reading during September, is there anything I really need to be looking out for?