December 5, 2010
How did we get to December so fast? This morning I happened to catch Laura’s post about being behind on her December reading…and I thought “December? Really?” Because now that I actually think about it, I am also behind and need to catch up. Like Laura, I’m participating in the Anthony Trollope tour over at The Classics Circuit and my review of The Warden is due on the 16th. It isn’t very long (284 pages), but it is a classic…and sometimes they can bog down a bit.
But before I can get to Trollope, I want to finish reading The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. Oh how I love good Gothic Novels…and Morton is fast becoming a favorite author in this genre. I am only half way through this chunkster…and wish I had more time to just sit and read (between work and shopping for the holidays, and the dreaded housework and paying bills…well you get the idea…I have had very little time to just sit and read these days). I read The House at Riverton way back in 2008 and loved it (read my review)…and at that time I noted that Morton’s writing reminded me of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Well, I am still reminded of Setterfield’s writing in The Distant Hours. Most of the characters love books and reading, and the novel opens with a long, scary passage from one of the character’s novels. Of course, the house is also a character…and there is a dark, mysterious secret. Well, just suffice it to say that if you love creepy Gothic-style books, don’t miss this one.
So besides Trollope, I have a few other books which I must read this month. Here is a sampling:
The Polski Affair by Leon H. Gildin
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellstrom
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
The Things That Need Doing by Sean Manning
And these don’t include the books I should have read in September, October and November! Oh dear…
I should mention that since last week I finished reading On Maggie’s Watch by Ann Wertz Garvin (read my review) which I enjoyed, and Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius which blew me away (read my review). Both books are about young mothers, but other than that they could not be more different. Delius’ novel got five stars from me – it is very literary in style, and written in one long sentence…but don’t let that discourage you from picking it up. The writing is exquisite. I am fast discovering that Peirene Press is the place to go to find amazing and unique literature. I have another of their books somewhere in my TBR pile and before the month is out, I plan on reading it.
With Christmas fast approaching, there is a lot to be done. I still have about half my Christmas shopping to do, and we need to get the tree up and the house decorated. I’m determined to find time to bake my Grandmother’s Christmas cookies too. What about you? Are you in full holiday mode? Are you finding any time to read? I hope you get a little down time today…I am planning on sinking back into Morton’s fabulous book soon!