Back on August 18 I began keeping a Reading Journal for a couple of reasons. I wanted to keep track of what kind of books I was reading, what I liked or didn't like about them, and how many books I was actually reading. Now I've always been a "heavy" reader. I keep books in the family room, in the bedroom and in the bathroom. I knew I read a lot, but even I was surprised to find that since August 18 I have read 35 books.
A lot of crime books: In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place --all by Tana French
The Complete Works of Agatha Christie Volume 1, the Early ¥ears
Found Wanting Robert Goddard
The Crossing Place and The Janus Stone by Elly Griffths
A Duty to the Dead, An Impartial Witness and Test of Wills Charles Todd (a mother/son writing team)
The Closers, The Narrows by Michael Connelly, I have 3 more of his waiting to be read.
I also read some classics: Pride and Prejudice (for about the 100th time), David Copperfield and The Age of Innocence
I read a bunch of Rumer Goddens that I had read years ago or read for the first time: Black Narcisscus, Peacock Summer, China Court and I'm currently reading Greengage Summer by her.
There were several books I just couldn't finish. I've tried for months, literally, to get through Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon. It was highly recommended, I like science fantasy on a large scale, but I slowed plowed through nearly 400 pages of it, still had to keep looking characters up in the index at the front of the book to keep people, and things, straight, and finally realized I just didn't care enough to finish it.
I also couldn't finish How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu, too, too pretentious.
I also didn't like Book Lust by Nancy Pearl. She's a well regarded librarian who has written a number of books on book recommendations, but I found her recommendations too politically correct to be worth while. What do I mean? Well, you have to read this African/American author, this woman, that immigrant, that homosexual, that single mother etc. I don't pick my books that way. I would recommend 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Sphron PH.D. instead, I reading it now and finding lots of good recommendations.
But the books I've enjoyed the most were a family trilogy by Marcia Willet: Looking Forward, Holding On and Winning Through.
It's the story of 3 orphaned children, Fliss, Mole and Susannah whose parents and older brother had been killed in Kenya by the Mau-Maus, and they go to live with their Grandmother Freddy (Frederica) at the Keep in Devon. I'm an absolute sucker for family sagas and this was a good one. It reminded me very much of the Elliot Family Trilogy by Elizabeth Goudge (Bird in the Tree, Pilgrim's Inn and Heart of the Family), and in fact one of the characters in this book references those books.
The books follow the children from their arrival when they are 8, 5 and 2 till Fliss, the oldest, is in her 50's. I was sad to see the last book end, but then I discovered that after a couple of years the author wrote one more about the family, The Prodigal Wife. I've ordered it but I've held off reading it because I can't stand for the story to end.
So what have you been reading?