Welcome to an “early winter” edition of The Sunday Salon. It’s not even Hallowe’en yet, but we had a bit of snow in southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday. It wasn’t all that threatening, but it was enough to keep me inside, curled up in a blanket with my dogs and a mug of tea. I was between books, having finished Iris Murdoch’s The Book and the Brotherhood on Friday. It was pretty good, although not my favorite Murdoch. I’ll post a review later today, and be back with a retrospective on my Iris Murdoch project later in the week.
So back to me, curled up in my blanket. With too much time on my hands, I started thinking about how close we are to the end of the year, and how many books I want to read in such a short period. To start with, there’s When we Were Bad and Scottsboro, two Orange Prize nominees I picked up at the library this week. So of course I’ll read them next. My other “must-reads” are this year’s Booker Prize winner, The Sense of an Ending, and for Remembrance Day, All Quiet on the Western Front.
And then? I don’t know! I can easily finish 10-12 books before ringing in 2012. And maybe more! I have a week’s vacation at Thanksgiving, and two weeks at Christmas. This usually means a lot more reading time. I’ve come up with so many ideas from my stacks; I’m almost giddy with excitement and I kind of want to start reading them all right now. Let’s prioritize.
I’m very likely to read:
- The Soul of Kindness, by Elizabeth Taylor (a prelude to my 2012 Elizabeth Taylor project)
- A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers, by Michael Holroyd (on my Kindle, sounds fascinating)
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (on my stacks for 3 years, recommended in response to this post)
- The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard (another Orange nominee; if I don’t read it in December I’ll definitely get to it in January)
Then, I have several “fun” reads vying for my attention, all perfect choices for vacation time. So I’ll probably read some of these:
- I Shall Not Want, by Julia Spencer-Fleming
- Started Early, Took my Dog, by Kate Atkinson
- An Unsuitable Attachment, by Barbara Pym
- Miss Hargreaves, by Frank Baker
- The Seduction of Mrs. Pendlebury, by Margaret Forster
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
And of course I have 136 Viragos, any one of which could fall into my lap!
Oh, if only there were time to read them all!
If you’d like to “lobby” for a favorite on my list, just leave a comment!
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