I completely missed out on the Autumn Reading Challenges that have been going around but when I saw the Winter Reading Challenge I knew it was something I would like to do as I have a load of books waiting to be read (not to mention a small selection from the hotel we stayed in last week – they had one of those shelves where you are encouraged to help yourselves).
So here are my five:
1. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck. I’ve been wanting to re-read this for years and I saw it as I was perusing the stacks at the library and it came home with me a little while ago. Steinbeck was one of my favourite authors when I was at school so it would be a nice trip down memory lane.
2. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee. I saw this in a church in Elham when we were out walking (they had a huge selection of books which you could leave a donation for – I also got a nice New York guide book there as well). I read Cider with Rosie a long time ago but have never read this.
3. The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I remember reading half of a Portrait of a Lady before I had to give it back and I don’t ever remember reading the rest.
4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was one of my childhood favourites. I was a solitary child like Mary Lennox and thought it would be fun to revisit the story again.
5. Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb. I’ve been intrigued by Chris’ reviews of the J.D. Robb novels and when I saw this on the shelf in the hotel I knew it would be coming home with me.
My throat is a lot worse today so I’ve been commanded to stay at home by pao who said I was burning hot this morning so hopefully a day in bed with my cat pins will speed up the recovery. Lucky I have lots of books to read!
I did start on another pair of socks after the disaster of pao’s second toe up (it’s stashed in the coffee table in case I forget where I put it). They are made of the lovely Nickerjac yarn I got at Ally Pally in a colourway called ‘Thorn in my Side’. I’m trying something different this time in that I’m knitting both socks at the same time which I do find quite satisfying but I have only one set of needles so have to swap onto stitch holders when I’ve completed a bit but that’s quite nice though.