Book of the Month
This month, I’m in the midst of a book that selects a poem for each day from Advent through Epiphany, with commentary on each poem’s origin and meaning. It’s a lovely way to thoughtfully mark this time of year.
The flurry of challenges and events has died down, and now I can turn my attention to some books that have been languishing on my shelf for many months, waiting for me to read or reread them. It feels good to clear out some of this debris from the past at the turning of the year. At the same time, I’m getting a head start on next year’s challenge, Reading New England. Will you join us?
I’m doing this review a bit early because I’m planning to take a break over the holidays. Next week I’ll be wrapping up my 2015 challenges, and then I’ll say farewell till the new year. I look forward to reading all of your year-end posts though.
- The Wolves Chronicles, Part Three – In which I complete my reading of Joan Aiken’s wild and wonderful series.
- Saplings by Noel Streatfeild – A very interesting if not completely satisfying adult novel from one of my favorite childhood authors.
- 84 Charing Cross Road – I’m so pleased that this longtime favorite has been brought out in a charming new edition from Slightly Foxed.
Other Books Read
- A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos – Reading New England
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – Reread
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke – Reread
- The Little Witch by Otfried Preussler
- Crusoe’s Daughter by Jane Gardam – Reread
- Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell – Review to come
Other Features and Events
- I wrote about my visit to Emily Dickinson’s House, a wonderful way to experience the poet’s life.
- And just in case you missed it, the sign-up post for Reading New England is here.
- My last discussion post for the year was on the question Is blogging worth it? I don’t think it will be any surprise that my answer is yes!