So much reading going on at the moment! Snatched moments with a magazine here and there, bedtime novels, blogs, searches through my cookery books to find something new...
Last month's book of choice was The Snow Child. I'd read a few positive reviews and spotted a not-very-dog-eared copy in the charity shop for £1.99 (bargain). It appealed because a book detailing the harsh, wintery landscapes of 1920s Alaska seemed just the thing for February. And the fairy-tale quality was another pull for me. I do love folk and fairy tales.
I must admit, the first few pages had me wondering whether I'd get along with the book. But I believe in giving things a fair crack of the whip and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it: the beautiful descriptions of life in a cabin in the woods, the elusive 'snow child' who enters the lives of the two main characters - even the cruelty of existence in such an inhospitable place.
I would recommend it most definitely as winter reading; I lent it to my mum recently and she can't put it down.
I always find recommending books a bit hit-and-miss; reading preferences are such a very personal thing but it's so nice when you pass a book on and someone really loves it.
The photos here are of an old book journal, purchased from Waterstones many moons ago and seldom used of late. I'll remedy that, I think. Lying underneath it is a copy of Country Living magazine (a little surprise from Jay yesterday) which will be savoured at leisure - sometime. I don't buy magazines very much any more but again, when they come into my possession I have a good read and pass them on for someone else to enjoy.
I'm currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and it's wonderful. Again, a page-turner which is beautifully and cleverly written. I'm devouring it and at this rate will have it finished within a few more days (well, evenings).
So when I
was chasing Joe around perusing the library last week and spotted this nice copy of Cranford, I had to pick it up. It seems this whole Year in Books thing is giving me a bit of an appetite for the classics. I read Gaskell's Mary Barton as part of my degree course and thought it a bit of a drag, but suspect Cranford will be much more fun.
It's also interesting that I've already watched the TV dramatisation. Often the film or TV series never lives up to the book, but maybe experiencing things the other way round will allow me to picture characters, events and settings all the more clearly (I did enjoy watching Judi Dench et al)...
Hope everyone's getting plenty of reading in this month!