A less than devoted blogger

I have to work, I have to read, I chose to blog… and recently I haven’t had the time or motivation. However, I now have two blissful weeks off work which gives me more time to read and to write, so I’m breaking my silence.

In my recent reading, I’ve:

- discovered a new favourite author in Mary Wesley. I’ve now read three of her novels- The vacillations of Poppy Carew, Harnessing peacocks and An imaginative experience- and highly recommend each for their wit, wisdom and page-turning quality. I’m looking forward to reading more soon.

- read two wonderful short story collections, The Matisse stories by A.S Byatt and Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpha Lahiri which confirm both as masters of the form.

- been slightly disappointed by my first Persephone, Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. I enjoyed it as a frothy fairy tale but was disconcerted by some of the attitudes expressed re Italians and Jews. Obviously, it was published in 1938 and in this respect is a product of its time, and I read many books with dated, sexist, racist or otherwise disagreeable attitudes and still enjoy them despite this. I think it put me off so much here as I wasn’t expecting it in such a well reviewed and light-hearted story.

- and found inspiration in two books about books- the humorous and thoughtful Quiet, please: dispatches from a public librarian by Scott Douglas and the engaging and erudite My reading life: adventures in the world of books by Bob Carr.

I’m just about to start some Victorian ghost stories by Sheridan La Fanu, and then will be re-reading Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park before embarking on A Sentimental Education. I’m also looking forward to the annual sale at a favourite independent bookshop (Abbey’s) on the weekend, and will post pictures of whatever I buy.

Until then, happy reading!