Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Time for Something Bookish!
Frost in May by Antonia White was a surprise in my mailbox, kindly sent by Verity. The story of a young girl in a convent with what I've read is a sad ending is sure to be a book which I won't soon forget. Add in the introduction by Elizabeth Bowen and this Virago is a real treasure!
The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan had several positive reviews last winter. I'm not usually one for books which have dialogue springing forth from people in the past (especially Jane Austen!) but curiosity got the better of me here. A fictionalized story about the Bronte sisters should definitely be interesting so I'm hoping this one doesn't disappoint.
The New House by Lettice Cooper on the surface is the story of a family moving house. We lovers of Persephone titles know that the women involved are going to offer up the emotion and conflict which is inevitable when packing up house and home. On a shallow note...I spied the word 'gas-ring' whilst flipping through this one and was consumed by cosy domestic bliss.
London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins first caught my eye last year when dovegreyreader wrote about it. Set in 1938, this Penguin Classic is filled with a variety of characters. Sarah Waters writes 'One of the great city novels: a sprawling celebration of the comedy, the savagery, the eccentricity and the quiet heroism at the heart of ordinary London life.' This makes me want to shut myself away for a weekend, imagining myself sitting on the steps at the lodging house on Dulcimer Street to watch things unfold.
Paperboy by Christopher Fowler is the author's memoir of growing up in the sixties. Full of humour and the slant on life which comes from looking back on childhood perceptions, I thought that R would enjoy this. He grew up as a first generation Canadian with a very Ukrainian home life and as a late surprise baby to boot! Hearing stories of him as a small boy, sitting under the dining room table amidst the stockings of older ladies gathered for gossip, has me thinking he could write a book of his own!
With the inclination to spend more time out and about during the warmer weather I find that reading is taking place in short spurts here and there and I'm falling into bed exhausted. What are your warm weather reading habits like compared to the cooler months?