It’s the start of March. Last year, when James launched this year’s TBR Dare, I gaily signed up again. I’ve participated all four years this has been running – and up til now been successful in only reading from my TBR piles between Jan 1 and Apr 1 – the full three months; the only exceptions being book group picks.
Sadly – well not actually! – this year I’ve fallen by the wayside. I’ve a new project, which is very exciting but is not ready to tell you about yet suffice it to say I’ve had to drop TBR reading for now.
However, I’d like to thank James and his dog Dakota for being wonderful hosts, and encouraging me each year to revisit my overloaded shelves and find some gems to read that I already had.
This year, the highlight for me has been to discover Patrick Hamilton’s masterful novel Hangover Square, which I reviewed here. It’s a true British classic of the 1930s, a black tragicomedy whose exquisite prose was a delight, even in the bleakness of its subject.