(This photograph was taken with the sun in my eyes – which is how I came to chop the top of that lovely tree off – on a ramble in Shropshire earlier in the month). It was a lovely springtime day that Sunday and we had some very pretty countryside to walk in and some views, so I thought I’d share one of photographs with you.
Please bear with me – this round up post is being put together in a bit of a rush – so is slightly briefer than usual.
March has been quite a slow reading month for me, but I think I read a good mix of things, although no non-fiction which I had intended to try to squeeze in. I am trying to get away a bit from keeping strict count of the numbers of books I read, although I do still keep a list on my computer and goodreads keeps count of them too. I am all too aware that I am reading quite a bit less than I did and I want to enjoy what I do read, rather than get too worried about numbers which after all are not as important really.
The month began with a wonderful discovery, Loving by Henry Green which I have had on my tbr for ages. It was the first novel in a collection of three and thoroughly whetted my appetite for more. I followed that up with Mr Fortune’s Maggot – a wonderful novel of faith and friendship and one of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s most popular novels. The Solitary Child by Nina Bawden was a great quick read, one of Bello’s ebooks, and although not Bawden’s best by a long way I enjoyed this atmospheric engaging read about a young woman who married a man formally acquitted of his first wife’s murder. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell is a brilliantly imagined dystopian novel set in the not too distant future, and is a book which will stay with me. August Folly was a light engaging read, I wonder if I enjoy Thirkell as much as some people, I certainly need to space them out and be in the right mood – but this one kept me company over a weekend when I needed something comforting and undemanding. I re-read Frankenstein for a book group, and was reminded all over again why I love it so much despite the improbability and slightly wonky science. Four Frightened People was a novel some people I know hadn’t liked at all, and I was rather surprised how much I had enjoyed it, but it is a novel that I think will remain with me for some time to come. To Let, the third of my Forstyte reads rounded off the first volume of the three, and sees Fleur Forsyte – very much her father’s daughter falling for the son of Jolyon and Irene. I concluded the month with The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf – for a read-a-long I happened across – more about that book soon.
April will begin with a read for my other book group, Passing by Nella Larsen, my volume contains her two novellas Quicksand and Passing in one – but I may read and review the two novellas separately (at the time of writing I haven’t decided). My tbr exploded somewhat recently when I went a little bit barmy in a bookshop – so I may be reading some of my new books soon (one or two are already calling me). I will also be reading To the North along with some other Elizabeth Bowen fans on an Elizabeth Bowen Facebook group.