Back to reviews in a few days – but it seems as if I have run out of days. I’m posting this round up post early to make way for my books of the year post tomorrow. The last two books of 2014 will be reviewed in the first week of 2015, which seems rather untidy, but there it is. With Willa Cather reading week and Christmas holidays it has been a good reading month for me. December was a month which saw me finish Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of time, which has kept me company each month throughout the year. The final book on the list in fact I have only this morning started to read, however it is a slight book and I will definitely have finished it by midnight tomorrow.
My December list: bringing the total of books for 2014 to 131 – a bit below the last few years I think.
121 The Well of Loneliness (1928) Radclyffe Hall (F)
122 The Troll Garden and selected stories (1905) Willa Cather (F)
123 A Lost Lady (1923) Willa Cather (F)
124 Shadows on the Rock (1931) Willa Cather (F)
125 Hearing secret Harmonies (1975) Anthony Powell (F)
126 Tell it to a Stranger (1947) Elizabeth Berridge (F)
127 Because of the Lockwoods (1949) Dorothy Whipple (F)
128 Mystery in White (1937) J. Jefferson Farjeon (F)
129 Christmas Pudding (1932) Nancy Mitford (F)
130 H is for Hawk (2014) Helen Macdonald (NF)
131 Strangers (1954) Antonia White (F)
My stand out reads for this month; (I could easily list about seven of them, but I’ll narrow it to three).
1. A Lost Lady – Willa Cather – a beautiful novel, probably Cather’s best, it tells of the decline of a beautiful woman seen through the eyes of a young boy, later young man.
2. Tell it to a Stranger – Elizabeth Berridge – short stories by an author I’ve not read before, every sentence seems gloriously written.
3. H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald, a fantastic non-fiction book a blend of nature writing and biography, one of the best books of the year – and one which kept me sitting up very late to finish, then perversely I wanted there to be more. Review sometime in the next few days, time permitting.
So then 2015 – it will be here before we know it. During 2015 Karen, Liz and I – and possibly one or two others will be reading the entire Forsyte Saga – there are three large volumes, each split into three main books, though some of the individual books have an interlude tagged on to the end. I read the first volume, many years ago – but never got around to getting hold of and reading the next two volumes. Well now I have a matching set, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in. A quick flick through the first volume today makes it look quite dense – fairly small print and each of the individual books over three hundred pages. Still I have a feeling I will love them, and having company along the way is always fun. At the moment I am not making too many reading plans, I want to read more poetry as I talked about recently, and there is the possibility of another Librarything group read – but nothing finalised yet. In the meantime, if you saw the picture I posted of my tbr a few days ago – you’ll know I have plenty to keep me busy.
So what were your highs of December? And what are your plans for next year?