October has been a fairly good reading month, finished off as it has been by a week’s half term holiday I spent in Devon with my family. I became frustrated during the month with the pressure I had put on myself to read books I felt I should be reading, and have pledged to do better at simply reading what I want (as much as possible). I didn’t manage to read my book group’s October choice, despite thinking it looked interesting, I knew I wouldn’t be at the meeting, and so the book got forgotten.
Here’s the list:
99 The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (2014) Hilary Mantel (F)
100 The Constant Nymph (1924) Margaret Kennedy (F)
101 Books do Furnish a Room (1971) Anthony Powell (F)
102 The Ladies of Lyndon (1923) Margaret Kennedy (F)
103 Enter a Murderer (1935) Ngaio Marsh (F)
104 The Tortoise and the Hare (1954) Elizabeth Jenkins (F)
105 The Pierced Heart (2014) Lynn Shepherd (F)
106 Books (2013) Charlie Hill (F)
107 Operation Heartbreak (1950) Duff Cooper (F)
108 The Visioning (1911) Susan Glaspell (F)
109 Moriarty (2014) Anthony Horowitz (F)
As you can see – still not reading Non-fiction – my worst year ever for non-fiction – and I never read much. Reviews of those last two books I read will be along soon.
My stand out reads for October:
The Constant Nymph – the first read for Margaret Kennedy reading week and my first book by her ever – what joy to discover a new author.
The Tortoise and the Hare – Elizabeth Jenkins – a wonderful novel, really rather masterful it’s quite Elizabeth Taylor like, a novel of domestic disharmony.
Operation Heartbreak – Duff Cooper, a poignant little Persephone novel, with an unforgettable central character and an ending that was inspired by true events.
So then on to November, as the year draws nearer its end, the nights get darker and here in England we huddle by our fires or radiators looking for the kinds of books that always seem to suit long winter evenings. I may just crack open something of the sort.
On November 10th begins the group read of Elizabeth Bowen’s The Hotel, which I talked about here, this is a novel I am really looking forward to, and also looking forward to talking about it with fellow readers. My book group read for November is The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, those of you who know my reading preferences, won’t be surprised to hear I’ve not read him before. I am looking forward to it though, it looks rather good. I will of course be reading my eleventh Anthony Powell novel; Temporary Kings. What else I read remains to be seen.
Please let me know what you will be reading, I always love to know.