This year has started with some wonderful books. I choose all of them before Christmas as I dreaded another lockdown coming. In the end for England it was only partial restrictions with the library staying open as usual, it was me that got lockdowned, so thank goodness for these books.
Clare Marchant- The Queen’s Spy– A book recommended by a blogger. Thrilled to find it in the library. Two parallel stories, which of course come together. One concerns Tom, herbalist, painter, itinerant, deaf mute , who becomes a spy for Walsingham to protect Queen Elizabeth 1st from Catholic plots, the other Mathilde who unexpectedly inherits a gorgeous Manor house in 2021, which gradually reveals it secrets. A lovely gentle historical read, if you ignore the hangings!
Kate Morton- The Lake House– couldn’t believe my luck before Christmas to find this in the library. A Good big book to read after Christmas. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in London and Cornwall. A child goes missing in the 1930s from the Lake House which is subsequently abandoned. 2003 Sadie Sparrow , a detective is given extended leave and visits her Grandfather in Cornwall. She takes up the mystery to see if she can solve this old case. Not saying anymore as I don’t want to spoil it.
Toni Morrison- Home. And right next to the Lake House on the library shelf was this book. It tells the story of Frank Money, a disillusioned and traumatised veteran from the war in Korea, and his journey back to where he grew up to rescue his sister Cee. Never an easy read from Ms Morrison, but moving and thoughtful.
Kate Mosse- The City of Tears– and yes you’ve guessed it on the same shelf and next to the previous two books sat this one. The second of a trilogy set in the 16th Century in France and The City of Tears itself, Amsterdam. The background to the novel is the religious and political unrest between religions- the Catholics and the Huguenots, and the families caught up in them. Thoroughly enjoyable, and takes me nicely into February.
In other years I have set myself various reading challenges- five non-fiction books one year, reading my way through the alphabet in order with an author for every letter, that was quite a challenge, then there was the year when I attempted to read my way across Europe, that was a bit of a fail mostly because I couldn’t keep on task with so many other good books coming my way. Mustn’t forget the year of book bingo, or last year when I attempted to complete the list of Channel Four’s forty best books. Didn’t succeed with that either.
Meanwhile the library here has supplied me with lots and lots of good reads, yet I keep asking for books for presents and the home tbr pile keeps growing. So this year I am trying to be realisitc, the pull of the library will be great and I will want to read books recommended by you, so this year my challenge is to have a month of library books followed by a month of books from home. My own version of BYOB- ie bring your own book.
So February will be all my own books, and the only problem I have is returning my library books and not looking at the tempting displays.
Will I manage it? Is anyone doing a book challenge, some I know do multiple ones, and what have you read that was good enough to tempt me in March when I will choose library books again?
Wish me strength of mind to manage this at least for February, because I actually have a pile of jolly good books to go at.