It was frosty this morning: a crisp, sharp frost. The water in the bird bath was a solid bowl of ice. This morning’s walk up the hill was invigorating, with smoky breath trailing in my wake.
Now the day is closing. The blackbird offers his warning cry; the sky is grey: we are unlikely to see the moon tonight.
But B will be back from his own walk shortly, and soon after that the stove will be aglow. There is mincemeat slowly warming in the oven. The house feels like it’s hunkering down, corrie-ing doon as Katrina, from Pining for the West, would say.
It’s a little early in the day – and indeed, a little early in the season, but here I sit, nursing a glass of gently steaming mulled wine. Appropriate, I think, as the light fades and the mincemeat warms.
And I think other warming thoughts… Which means books.
Setting myself a reading list for September/October worked well for me. As October closed, only one book remained unread, with only one other not yet finished.
So as November dawned, I piled together some more books for the next two months.
The pile was compiled at the start of the month, even if I’m only now getting around to posting it. I knew as I grouped the books together that I was missing one …
Ah yes, this one!
A book that Liz from Leaping Life and I have both been avoiding for a long while. But I’m deep into it now – particularly poignant at this season of remembrance.
Of course, December must be devoted to Christmas reading. I should probably have made two piles.
One pile or two – this list is ambitious in the run-up to Christmas. I’ll probably find myself unable to resist a re-read of A Christmas Carol and A Child’s Christmas in Wales, so I’ve added them for good measure.
And I’ve just indulged in a first edition of a short Christmas story by Daphne so that simply must be on the list.
I don’t expect to do as well with this list as I did with the last one. But I’ll have fun trying!
Planned reading November/December 2016
White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1848) (Kindle) – Classics Club spin
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947)
Rough Music by Patrick Gale (2000) – A Cornish Cornucopia
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1840) (Daily Lit) – Classics Club
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy M Montgomery (1921) (Kindle) – Classics Club
A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf (1953) – Classics Club (To finish)
Timekeepers by Simon Garfield (2016)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)
Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome (1933) – Classics Club
Christmas Holiday by W Somerset Maugham (1939) – Classics Club
Happy Christmas by Daphne du Maurier (1942)
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (1952)
A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce (2016)
Happy reading on these chilly autumnal evenings!