Thank GOODNESS it’s almost Spring. Although, with the attitude of the eternal optimist, I always get a little thrill leading up to winter, dreaming of hats, snow and mulled wine, by the end of February I am as inevitably fed up as everyone else and longing for a bit of sun on my skin. So, when it’s finally warm enough to sit in my garden, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday, what will I fancy reading?
1. All the Birds, Singing; Evie Wyld – This foreboding tale set in the bleak British countryside is just the thing to read before setting off across our own spooky moorland.
2. The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt – Take a deep breath….I have NEVER read any Donna Tartt. I know, I’m ashamed of myself too and I will sort it out this season.
3. The Goddess and the Thief; Essie Fox – I’ve not read any Essie Fox yet either (I know!) I’m hoping this one will impress, delight and spirit me away in India this year.
4. House-Bound; Winifred Peck – After hearing about this book in a podcast years ago I have been dying to give it a go. Thank goodness Persephone have done the honours yet again.
5. Life After Life; Kate Atkinson – I haven’t heard a bad word yet about this imaginative novel and that makes me very, very nervous. The Manchester Book Club book of choice for this month.
6. A Suitable Boy; Vikram Seth – a mammoth doorstop of a book that is as daunting a prospect as it is exciting. Will need a good few weeks of peace and quiet for this one please.
7. Gossip from the Forest; Sara Maitland – A delicate blend of forests and fairy tales, what could be more magical .
8. Cider with Rosie; Laurie Lee – Although I’ve read and loved Lee’s Spanish trilogy, his most famous account of an English childhood in a Cotswold village is surely the perfect book for spring.
9. A Tale for the Time Being; Ruth Ozeki – The real winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize in many eyes.
10. Slightly Foxed: The Reader’s Quarterly – This beautifully produced magazine arrived on my doorstep this Friday all wrapped up in ribbon with a plethora of goodies inside. What a wonderful, wonderful project. I have Bundle of Books to thank for the tip-off!
Spring Orchard by Curtis Fry via Flickr