Brr! Last week, autumn was on its way and now it’s well and truly here. Temperatures have dropped and the air is crisp. This is perfect weather for curling up in a chair to read, and my cats are more than happy to supply extra warmth.
It’s been a busy bookish week, which always means a lot of activity here on the blog. At mid-month, I’m already on the last book in my reading stack! I moved through the stack so quickly due primarily to one short book (The Ant Heap, which was just OK), and one “DNF” (Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter). To read my reviews, just click on the titles. I enjoyed Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale more than the others, so that takes me to The Secret History, which I’ve only just started. So many people commented on this book last week that I’ve really been looking forward to diving into it.
It seems almost inevitable that I’ll read at least one more book in October, possibly two. It’s been a while since I read a Persephone, so I’ve already decided that Julia Strachey’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is up next. It’s also on my Classics Club list, and I’m all fired up about classics since posting about them earlier this week.
The Persephone is a short book, so I might be able to squeeze in one more. I could treat myself and read something new, because yesterday was my 6th “thingaversary” on LibraryThing. According to unofficial site rules, this entitles me to buy myself 7 books (one for each year, and one to grow on)! If I could only decide what to buy! I can’t believe I’m in a quandary over this, but I most definitely am. I might pick up a couple of titles from the 2013 Booker Prize short list. In fact, I’m really excited about the prize announcement, coming this Tuesday. Perhaps I’ll buy the winning book. And maybe one or two more. I’ve thought about picking up a couple more Viragos or Persephones, but I can’t decide which ones. Or maybe I’ll get Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety, one of her earlier novels which gets rave reviews from others who, like me, really enjoyed her Cromwell trilogy.
Do you have any recommendations for my “thingaversary” gift?