A quick little round of my reading month this time, as I am starting to think these round up posts are a bit pointless – and I’m trying to decide if I’ll carry on with them.
I began August with a fairly new publication – The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall a book that imagines the re-introduction of the grey wolf to Britain. Heading off to Devon for a week at the good old English seaside I only packed my kindle, at least then I’m sure of not running out of books. On it –after finishing The Wolf Border – I read Twilight Sleep a jazz age novel by Edith Wharton, The Ice House, a novel of friendship and betrayal by Nina Bawden both for All Virago/All August (thankfully the actual edition is unimportant it just has to have been published by Virago or Persephone in the past). I then got a little fix of golden age crime with Fear Stalks the village by Ethel Lina White, a new to me author. Back to All Virago All August next with a stunning novel from Persephone books – The Happy Tree – which could quite easily make my top books of the year list. Of course August was also Women in Translation month (#WITmonth) and my first of the two books I managed for that was Those who leave and Those who Stay by Elena Ferrante the third book in her acclaimed Neapolitan series. The Ha-Ha by Jennifer Dawson is a classic novel of mental illness, a novel which won the Tait Black memorial prize in 1962. Yet another VMC; The Lying Days by Nadine Gordimer a coming of age novel from South Africa, a beautifully written first novel. I then read The Love-Child by Edith Olivier a very slight little novella, as I don’t have the green VMC edition (yet) I read my lovely Bello books edition, really such a wonderful little book, why I haven’t read it before now is a mystery. I had a brief break from VMC’s with a review copy of Renishaw Hall; the story of the Sitwells by Desmond Seward (I haven’t reviewed this one yet – but will in the next couple of days.) I then read my final VMC of All Virago/All August; The Quest for Christa T. – which I rushed to review before the end of #WITmonth – a complex novel from East Germany, beautifully written, difficult it might be but very impressive. Finally I moved on to The Mill on the Floss a re-read from my Classic Club list that I have been circling for a while – I have read over 400 pages of it – but not quite finished, but I am certainly enjoying it very much, and should finish it by tomorrow.
So September is upon us, and this week I will trudge wearily back to work – I am grateful for the long break and shouldn’t moan – but oh my it hurts to go back! So what I choose to read next will need to suit my back to work doldrums. I do have a few potential things lined up though, one of my book clubs will be reading Stranger in the House by Julie summers, while the other will be reading The Big Sleep (not sure if I fancy that or not). The classic Club spun me a number 5 – and number five from my list was My Career goes Bung by Miles Franklin. I should also be getting back to the Forsyte Saga chronicles with the first novel in the third volume; Maid in Waiting. Whatever you’re reading in September I hope it’s a great month for books.
One bit of other exciting book news here in Birmingham is of course the opening of a new Foyles shop in the Grand Central development above the refurbished New street station. I believe it will open at the end of the month – I will of course be checking it out – merely in the interests of reporting back to you all of course.