Monday, 24 January 2011

Virago Reading Week

Happy New Year to you all!  It's been a while since I last blogged.  Sadly, Life has not run smoothly and daily stresses and frustrations were particularly trying in 2010.  I can only hope that we begin to turn a corner in 2011.

I have continued to find some solace and distraction - as well as instruction - in reading and I have quite a few reviews that I'd like to share.  I aim to read even more this year and to reacquaint myself with the classics - especially Dickens!

If you don't already know, today is the first day of the first Virago Reading Week which is being hosted by A Few of My Favourite Books and Book Snob.  Do pop over to each of the blogs for some interesting posts.  I have 'Excellent Women' by Barbara Pym lined up... this will be my first Pym even though three of her books have been sitting quietly on my shelves for a while now.  I also hope to make a start on Elizabeth Taylor's 'The Wedding Party', which was recently republished by Virago.  I have only read three Taylors to date - and watched the film adaptation of 'Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont' - but I fell in love with her writing, sharp observations and quiet grace from my very first book ('In a Summer Season').

I hope you will have a lovely reading week!


Anonymous said...

Lovely to see you posting again and I'm so glad you'll be joining in with the reading week - I look forward to your posts. I am so sorry for the sad and difficult year you had last year and I very much hope that this new year will bring much happiness and contentment for you.

verity said...

Ooh, I hope that you enjoy your first Pym. It's nice to see you back again though I'm sorry that 2010 turned out to be so difficult.

Rochester Reader said...

Book Snob: Thank you for your kind wishes! I'm sure this will be a great week and I look forward to visiting your blog and Carolyn's daily :-)

Verity: re Pym: so far, so good :-) Thank you for your kind thoughts.

JoAnn said...

Thank you for visiting my blog - so glad to have found yours, too! I just finished Excellent Women over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Haven't read any of Elizabeth Taylor yet (she's on my list), but I did love the film of Mrs. Palfry at the Claremont.