Now that the reading year is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about the books that I bought this year, usually as a result of enthusiastic reviews & then, by the time they arrived, the moment had passed. I’d moved on & the books made their way to the tbr shelves to await their moment.
After reading Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee, I was sure I’d go straight on to read more Edgeworth. I’d already been tempted by these lovely new editions of two of her novels, Helen & Patronage by Sort Of Books. But, of course, I didn’t!
I was so enthusiastic about Virginia Woolf after reading Alexandra Harris’s wonderful book Romantic Moderns this time last year that I bought a copy of Between the Acts straight away & haven’t thought about it since. Maybe in 2012?
The Vintage Stella Gibbons reprints caught my eye & I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. I have read Conference at Cold Comfort Farm & Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm but Westwood is the one everyone is raving about, including Desperate Reader & Stuck In A Book.
Speaking of Simon at Stuck In A Book, one of his books of the year is Shirley Jackson’s Life Among the Savages which I rushed to buy on the strength of his wonderful review. I dipped into it this morning as I was taking the photo of the cover & I think I may read it next. How’s that for a definite commitment? I’ve just finished my umpteenth rereading of Dorothy L Sayers’s Gaudy Night & I’m only one chapter into Dorothy Whipple’s Greenbanks so Shirley may jump in this afternoon as my New Year’s Eve reading.
Virginia Nicholson’s new book, Millions Like Us, was eagerly anticipated. I loved her earlier books & this one is about women in WWII. I will definitely get to it soon.
I’ve only discovered Georgette Heyer in the last few years. I read all her mystery novels years ago but her Regency romances left me cold until I read a few of her books with older heroines & I found her wit & incredible grasp of historical detail irresistible. So, I’m looking forward to Jennifer Kloester’s new biography of Heyer, especially after Elaine’s review at Random Jottings.
Dovegreyreader’s Edward Thomas reading trail was fascinating because I’ve always loved Thomas’s poetry & I’ve read his wife Helen’s books about him as well as Eleanor Farjeon’s memoir. So, I had great intentions of reading Matthew Hollis’s new book, Now All Roads Lead To France, during November. But, my Remembrance reading went in another direction & I didn’t get to it.
So, there you have it. My unread books confessions for the year. Of course, there are hundreds more unread books on the tbr shelves but I’m going to try to stop adding to them for a while & enjoy the books I already own. That’s the only New Year reading resolution I’m making. What are your reading resolutions?
Happy New Year from Lucky & Phoebe (that’s a rare photo of them together) & here’s to lots of lovely reading experiences for us all in 2012.