Dear Readers, I am smitten!  No, not a new man in my life, but a book.


Finally, inspired by Simon’s Guest post on Vulpes Libris, I dug out my copy of The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield.  By page two, I was lapping it up, and I shall be dipping into this book and its sequels over the next few weeks.

Why was I previously intimidated by this 1930 classic? Maybe I worried that I wouldn’t like it, and that might offend everyone else in the blogosphere who adores it. I needn’t have worried for I can join the gang now! Here’s a very short extract from pages 2/3:

November 11th. – Bournemouth. Find that history, as usual, repeats itself. Same hotel, same frenzied scurry round the school to find Robin, same collection of parents, most of them also staying at the hotel. Discover strong tendency to exchange with fellow-parents exactly the same remarks as last year and the year before that. Speak of this to Robert, who returns no answer. Perhaps he is afraid of repeating himself? This suggests Query: Does Robert, perhaps, take in what I say even when he makes no reply? …
… Robert comes up very late and says he must have dropped asleep over the Times. (Query: Why come to Bournemouth to do this?)
November 12th. – Home yesterday and am struck, as so often before, by immense accumulation of domestic disasters that always await one after any absence…
… Robert reads the Times after dinner, and goes to sleep.

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Raven Black (Shetland Quartet 1) by Ann CleevesBack last summer, I went to hear Anne Cleeves talk about her two series of crime novels – featuring detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez, both of which have been adapted for TV. ‘Shetland‘, a two-parter based on her Jimmy Perez books finally comes to our screens this weekend on the BBC. I shall be watching to see how they match up.

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Alex in Leeds has come up with a wonderful way of tackling her TBR – the Book Jar – filled with slips of paper with book titles on.  Alex has even colour-coded the slips for different types of book.  I commented that I may shamelessly nick that idea for myself, and she said feel free.

So, once I’ve found a suitable container, I shall likewise fill it with titles of books from my TBR – including difficult ones, non-fiction ones, classic ones, 1001 books ones etc (I may not colour code though for a truly random result). I will aim to commit to reading one monthly.

We’ll see how I do, but I am known as a great starter and a bad finisher of projects! (Memo to self: Time to actually start reading the 2nd book of the Lymond Chronicles!)

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And finally today, I finished reading a really good book the other day, but it’s not published until the end of the month.

Is it too early to tell you about it?
What are your feelings about advance reviews?

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