March is upon us, and already my ‘book wish list’ for this year is bulging! Last year I did quite well to get through a fair few of those I’d wanted to read, though some still languish, neglected on my 2013 list. Whilst I have a fairly sizeable ‘fiction addiction’ (handily concealed by Kindle ownership) my other Achilles Heel is the cook book, of which I have many already and am still lusting after others (but that’s another post!).
Inspired by the premise of Samantha Ellis’ memoir ‘How to be a Heroine’ I might be brave and revisit some of the texts I read for English at school (though not my annotated, highlighted copies – too distracting!) such as Bronte, Eyre, Hardy, Ibbsen, Chaucer and Shakespeare.
Over on the very pretty blog Circle of pine trees, the lovely Laura is inspiring us all to take part in the ‘Year in Books’ which is, in her own words:
The aim is to read a book a month during 2014. At the start of the month, we blog the book that we are planning to read in the month ahead. If we feel inspired to, we could also write a little about the previous month’s book. Not a review, as such, just some thoughts: a recommendation (or otherwise!) for others who might be thinking of reading it. It’s not a traditional book club, so we don’t have to all read the same book. This is just about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives, and hopefully a way to discover more lovely books (and lovely bibliophiles)
You can share your books by linking to her blog, or via Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. It doesn’t matter that it’s March, you can still join in now with other book loving souls.
Here are few from my fiction list I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into: click on the title for the amazon link
A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan – the estate agent who sold you your house all those years ago? He still has a key to your home…and all the others he sold
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – darkly comic novel recounting the tale of a young man’s fall into mental health issues following the sudden death of his brother
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson – what would you do if you had the chance to live your life over and over again, until you got it right?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – a novel narrated by Death, set in Nazi Germany in 1939 about a 9 year old girl and book thief called Liesel. *Aiming to read this before seeing the Big Screen version!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – a modern day nod to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Harold pops out to post a letter and finds himself on a quest to walk the length of the country to save another’s life.
The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison – a couple who are both in turmoil, how far will each of them go to protect themselves?
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (out later this year) the second in the Cormoran Strike detective series. A novelist goes missing and his wife calls in Strike, as the investigation deepens, all is not as it first seems.
What’s on your reading list for this year? Fancy joining in with Laura’s project too? All and any book recommendations are always welcome here!