|Reading (1884) - Julius LeBlanc Stewart|
Well, February has not lived up to my hopes of reading a fair amount of books. I managed to finish only three - perhaps the shorter month has something to do with it? Instead, I seem to have a number of books on the go.
I have Pickwick Papers on my bedside table to dip into at a leisurely pace. I've covered the first three chapters and am enjoying the company of the Pickwickians and Dickens' descriptions of Rochester.
I am part way through my first re-reading of E. F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia, brought on by a fit of nostalgia after posting about the lovely Wordsworth and Vintage editions published this year.
I have yet to complete the last Virago book that I started during Virago Reading Week, Pirates at Play, and I'm currently reading and savouring High Wages, which I started during Persephone Reading Weekend.
I don't think I've juggled so many fiction books at once before - at least not for pleasure! Looking to March, I hope to tackle a few of the challenges that I signed up for. I have my next Lord Peter Wimsey lined up and I hope to make a sizeable dent in Pickwick Papers. Then there's the Edith Wharton to look forward to, an Ellis Peters (for the Cornflower Book Group) and hopefully room for something fun and frivolous. How has the shortest month of the year fared for you?
1. Mrs Ames - E. F. Benson
2. Bones in the Belfry - Suzette A. Hill
3. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding - Julia Strachey