Well in fact the month is a little more than half way over. I am still loving this whole re-reading thing. I am finding it interesting – and very pleasing that my reactions to books I read a long time ago have changed so little.
I adored Northanger Abbey, and it led me to buying a book of Jane Austen’s juvenilia and a collection of her letters – I wasn’t supposed to be new buying things! Re-reading Northanger Abbey had made me want to re-read all her novels – and I had to stop myself buying an attractive little box set of Jane Austen hardbacks. I can’t promise I won’t go back and give in to the temptation. I then read Willa Cather’s My Antonia – which although I enjoyed a lot – but I found the second half of the book to be a slower read than I had expected or remembered. Needing a nice cosy/comfort read over the weekend – I read Dead Man’s Folly – Agatha Christie is always such a pleasure to read. I am now into A Passage to India – which I am enjoying a lot – and if I hadn’t have had work to bring home yesterday – I would have read a good deal more – but I’m not sorry at having to spread out the pleasure of it. Dr Aziz, Mr Fielding and Mrs Moore feel like reliable old friends – and it is lovely to be back in their company.
In a couple of days I will move on to Villette by Charlotte Bronte and I am anticipating it with pleasure, then I’ll read Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann for the Rosamond Lehmann reading week. If I have time before August – and I just might – I will be re-reading Emma Larkin’s Secret Histories: finding George Orwell in a Burmese teashop – which I have a copy of again thanks to the lovely Kaggsy If there is still some of July left after that – well I have lots to choose from.
So then, how has everyone else been doing? Is re-reading something you will be doing again? I will I think I might just stick to Liz’s original idea of doing it twice a year – despite the impact on my horrendous TBR. There are so many I want to re-visit. Did you change your mind about any of the books you read?
If you didn’t join in this time – maybe you could join us next time, I think we will be doing it again in January – so plenty of time to get those lists together.