It’s been a while since my last Sunday Salon post — 3 weeks, in fact — and in it I shared my May book stack. So how’s that working out, you ask? I’ll tell you: pretty good!
At the end of April I was a little frustrated, having read only 4 of the 5 books I planned for the month. This month has been more satisfying. This is what I’ve read so far (as always, links will take you to reviews):
- Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby: This was different from Holtby’s typical work, satirical and funny.
- A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor: The May Elizabeth Taylor Centenary readalong is my favorite of her books so far.
- A Dance to the Music of Time (Fourth Movement), by Anthony Powell: The last volume in a series I started last year. Not as good as the earlier ones, but still a memorable and highly recommended body of work.
- Middlemarch Book III, Waiting for Death, by George Eliot: The saga continues; I’m enjoying the slow reading pace.
And as I write this, I’m almost finished with Dark Fire, by C.J. Sansom, the second in a series of Tudor-era mysteries.
Not bad, eh? Especially considering May heralds the start of gardening season. We’ve had gorgeous weather recently, and it’s been so nice to spend time outside soaking up the sun while pulling up weeds and planting new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. And I’m still knitting too — I’m close to finishing a fun pair of purple socks and have bought yarn to make socks for my husband next.
But there are still 10 days left in May, and plenty of books in the queue. Next after Dark Fire will be None to Accompany Me, by Nadine Gordimer, the oldest book on my TBR shelf! Just yesterday I submitted a library request for The Observations, by Jane Harris and Carry Me Down, by M. J. Hyland. And then it occurred to me that I should get a jump-start on the next Elizabeth Taylor readalong, since I am hosting June’s discussion on this blog. So you just might see some of those library books on my June book stack …
Well, it looks like another gorgeous, sunny day outside. I’m off to have coffee and breakfast and spend a little time in the garden. What are you doing today?