March seems to have rather run away with itself – is that just me?
Mind you I will be rather glad to see the back of March in some ways. I have manged to be ill for three weeks of it. The first week a heavy cold which I thought had gone away but came back in a different/far worse incarnation. I’m now on antibiotics for a chest infection. Blogging when ill isn’t easy I don’t find – but I have tried to keep up. Still some good reads in March, several of which were on my kindle which again is perched on top of my book pile photo.
I began the month reading Night and Day for #Woolfalong – definitely it was one of the highlights of the month, a longer novel than I generally associate with Virginia Woolf, and one that has a much more conventional structure than many of her more famous works. I then read Harriet Said… for my very small book group – I had read only one Bainbridge before it and now want to read many more. Our book meeting was postponed for two weeks due to my being ill; when we did eventually meet (I was ill again!) we had a lot to discuss, but basically we all loved it. Lots and lots of bloggers have been reading and reviewing some fascinating books for Read Ireland month, and Good Behaviour was my first read for it. Generally I really like Molly Keane, but I think her novels vary in quality; Good Behaviour I think must be one of her best (I do still have several to go). On my kindle I read The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which has been much talked about on social media, and I recently attended a talk at Waterstone’s by the author. I enjoyed it a lot – hugely readable with two lovely child characters, set in the infamous summer of 1976. Too Dear for my Possessing, also on kindle from the extensive catalogue of Bello Books is only the second Pamela Hansford Johnson novel that I have read, an excellent novel, the first in a trilogy that I plan on completing in the not too distant future.
Peaches for Monsieur le Cure is a novel I have had for around three years, I had been on the verge of culling it – when I decided to give it a go – I’m so glad I did. The third book in Joanne Harris’s Chocolat trilogy – it takes the reader back to the town of Lansquenet and the characters we first met in that first novel. The Maiden Dinosaur was my second read for Read Ireland month – and the fourth Janet McNeill novel I have read – it shows Janet McNeill to have been a wonderful observer of people, and really quite humorous although in a slightly dark way. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather – one of my favourite writers – I am trying to eke out her books – was another book I have had for ages. A brilliantly short novella, in it we meet the memorable Myra Henshawe – seen through the eyes of a young girl. My third read for Read Ireland month was The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen – I wasn’t sure how I would find it as I have seen very conflicting reports of it but I enjoyed it enormously, though it’s not an easy read. My last completed book of March was Visitors to the Crescent by Mary Hocking on my kindle, in time for my Mary Hocking reading week at the beginning of April. I then moved on to The Lark by E Nesbit on my kindle which many of you will remember Simon of Stuckinabook enthusing about not long ago I’m less than half way through that but certainly enjoying it.
So what lies ahead? I am looking forward to two reading weeks in April – Mary Hocking week of course – and the following week Karen and Simon host the 1938 club. For that I think I will read The Squire by Enid Bagnold – yet another book I have had for ages – though I could change my mind yet – I have at least one other contender. My very small book group will be reading The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson – which looks very good indeed. I also plan to get back to Virginia Woolf with Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf’s last novel.
What are your plans for April? Do share.