Classics Club spin #21

The 21st Classics Club spin will be spun on 23rd September.  The book corresponding to the chosen number should be read by 31st October.  I was intending to add a sentence or two about how I do always read whichever book comes up from my list, I just rarely get the review written – but I see, reading more carefully, that the Classics Club post doesn’t actually ask for the review to be posted by then, merely that the book has been read.  This makes me very happy!  Continue reading “Classics Club spin #21”

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread is a charming read.  It is a book I would happily read again

I have read all of Tracy Chevalier’s earlier books. (Girl with a Pearl Earring is a perennial favourite.)  But as can happen, I’ve gradually lost touch with her later books – always intending to catch up and never quite managing it.  Her latest book, A Single Thread, is my first foray into reading through The Pigeonhole – a new experience in itself – and at last, a return to this popular author.  It didn’t disappoint. Continue reading “A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier”

Six Degrees of Separation: from The Paris Wife to …

It’s already time for Six Degrees again, hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

From the starter title provided by Kate, create a chain of six books, each one linked to the one before.  This month is a wildcard: we each start our chain with the book we ended on last month.  For me that was The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Although each book is only required to link to its predecessor, often a theme arises or a choice spins back to an earlier link.  This month is no different in that regard.  It is different in that beyond the starter book, none of the others are books that I’ve read; they are all books that I very much want to read.  So perhaps this chain will give me a nudge!  It also takes me on a whistle-stop tour across the globe, sampling cultures far removed from my own.  We begin in France. Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from The Paris Wife to …”

The View from Here: as August arrives

There is always renewal; there is always change

The final hours of July passed wet and cool, brooding and overcast.  And welcomed.  I applauded the dimming of the light; I turned inward and pondered the prescience of autumn.  My heart has always belonged to autumn. Continue reading “The View from Here: as August arrives”

The View from Here: colours of July

… from the garden

It is high summer.  We’ve had some very fine weather but also brumous days when the mist and clouds merge and don’t lift all day, and smuggy days when the humidity hits hard and strong.  But we have escaped the fiercest temperatures of this month.  There are occasional compensations for living in an area that is wetter, milder and more temperate than most. Continue reading “The View from Here: colours of July”

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Women have such vivid imaginations and lead such dull lives.  Their pleasure in life is so soon over; they are so dependent on others, and their dependence so soon becomes a nuisance. (p. 234)

Published 1926

Read for Sylvia Townsend Warner Week20 Books of Summer, and the Classics Club Continue reading “Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner”