So this is what I read in November – some lovely books among them. I actually even managed to read two non-fiction books as well. The last week I have been reading very slowly, which may not bode well for December, and I have quite a pile gathered together for this month, but more of that later.
113. The Two Mrs Abbotts – D E Stevenson (1943)
114. Two on a Tower – Thomas Hardy (1882)
115. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor (1971)
116. Shrinking Violet – Karina Lickorish Quinn (2012)
117. Tea by the Nursery Fire – Noel Streatfield (1976)
118. Harriet – Elizabeth Jenkins (1934)
119. Brief Lives – Anita Brookner (1990)
120. Talking to the dead – Helen Dunmore (1996)
121. Jane Austen selected letters (2004)
122. To Bed with Grand Music – Marghanita Laski (1934)
123 The keeper of secrets – Judith Cutler (2007)
My special mentions for November will have to be :
1 The Two Mrs Abbotts – D E Stevenson, lovely cosy reading the third in the Miss Buncle series.
2 Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor – a wonderful novel, deeply poignant.
3 Harriet – Elizabeth Jenkins – a remarkable novel re-issued by Persephone books, based upon true events.
4 To bed with Grand Music – another Persephone book, a WW2 story about a woman with a rather different attitude than we often see.
Suddenly then it is the end of the year, Christmas is just around the corner, and I am considering which books will see me through to the end of 2012. I have got together a fairly serious looking pile, so not sure if I’ll make it through the whole lot – but I will give it a good shot.
On my fairly extensive pile for December are:
(on my kindle) William: the story of an Englishman – Cecily Hamilton
At Mrs Lippincote’s – Elizabeth Taylor
Blaming – Elizabeth Taylor
Thomas Hardy – Thomas and Florence Hardy
Lost and Found – by Tom Winter (sent to me by Corsair books)
The Starbound Sea – Amber Dermot (sent to me by Corsair books)
Jenny Wren – E H Young
The Easter Parade – Richard Yates (the book I won via the blog hop giveaway)
The Rector and The Doctor’s Family – Margaret Oliphant
Park Life – Katherine D’ Souza
An Inventory of heaven – Jane Feaver (sent to me by Corsair books)
This is a list I could happily salivate over. I just hope I get to read them all – I know I am busy this month, not to mention really tired – but at least I have the last ten days of December off work, and may be able to to just curl up and read and read and read.