An A to Z of Interesting Possibilities ….

…. and one or two other things.


A is for AUSTRALIAN READING MONTH. It’s happening next month, and I have books by June Wright and Rosa Praed lined up, and well as my book for the read-along. There’s more about that at letter R.

B is for THE BRONTE CABINET: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz. I’m loving this book, and I really don’t want to give it back to the library, though I know I’ll have to one day.

C is for CLASSICS CLUB. I left it behind when I moved homes on the internet, but I missed it and so I reworked it a little, and here it is again. The Women’s Classic Literature Event was the spur, and I’ll write more about that very soon.

D is for DOG BAN. It ended at the end of last month, and we have just a few days more of evening walks on the beach before the clocks go back and it’s too dark for us.

E is for EMMA IN THE SNOW. Sarah Emsley has lovely plans to celebrate Jane Austen’s most infuriating heroine.

F is for FIFTEEN BAGS of books and other bits and pieces cleared out, and collected by one of our local charity shops at the end of last week.

G is for GERMAN LITERATURE MONTH. It’s happening next month and I have a book ready of my library pile. You’ll find it at letter V.

H is for THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS by Aliette de Bodard.  I wasn’t sure that this would be my sort of book, but I’ve read the beginning and it’s looking very promising.

I is for IT IS YOU by Natalie Prass One of those songs that lodges in my head for quite some time each time I hear it.

J is for JOHN RHODE. I picked up a copy of The Murders in Praed Street for 50p in the library book sale.

K is for KITCHIN. I spotted a book that didn’t belong on a stand of British Library Crime Classics, and I was delighted to see that Faber and Faber has reissued C H B Kitchin’s ‘Crime at Christmas.’ I haven’t read any of his mysteries yet, but I was very taken with a couple of his other books.

L is for THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS. It’s been some time since I read Alison Weir, but I am intrigued by the story of Lady Margaret Douglas.

M is for MARIE WALLIN. Her new book, Autumn, is a lovely collection of patterns, and I am already planning projects.

N is for THE 1924 CLUB. I struggled to find anything I wanted to read, though I found several books published in 1923 and 1925, but I think I’ve done it. I have one recent reissue and one book by a lovely, and far too obscure, Cornish author on hand to read.

O is for OFF THE NEEDLES. It’s not been a good week on the knitting front. I discovered that I had been misreading the chart for the cabled sweater I was knitting, and that it was wrong from the start. So off the needles it came. I started knitting a hat, to replace one I particularly liked that had got lost, but just past the band I decided that the yarn was wrong for the pattern, and so I unripped that too.

P is for PARTY (ENVIOUS CASCA). I haven’t read Georgette Heyer for ages but ‘Envious Casca’ – reissued as ‘Christmas Party’ – is calling me.

Q is for QUINCUNX. I was so disappointed in Charles Palliser’s most recent book, but so many people have praised this one, and so I’ve moved it from its shelf to the ‘read soon’ pile on my bedside table.

R is for RICHARD MAHONY. I’m looking forward to next month’s read-along of ‘The Fortunes of Richard Mahony’, is an Australian classic written during the 1930’s by Ethel Florence Richardson and published under her penname, Henry Handel Richardson.

S is for SOMETHING RHYMED. I’m delighted to have discovered this lovely site, celebrating friendships between women writers.

T is for THERE IT IS! BUT WHAT IS IT? Briar was looking through the window at something in the garden so intently a couple of nights ago that I had to get up and see what it was. When I moved she turned her head a little, and I realised that she had been following the reflected light from my computer.

U is for UPROOTED by Naomi Novik. This has been on my bedside table for ages, and I really must find the time to read it.

V is for THE VIENNA MELODY by Ernst Lothar – my book for German Literature Month.

W is for WEATHERLAND: Writers and Artists Under English Skies by Alexandra Harris. I just love the sound of this book, I loved the extract that I read in one of last weekend’s newspapers, and now I’m waiting for the copy I reserved at the library to arrive.

X is for Sue Grafton. I discovered her alphabetical crime series when she had reached the letter C, I went back and started the series at A, and I wondered what she would do when she reached those tricky letters near the end of the alphabet. I have the answer for this one now.

Y is for YOU CAN ONLY ORDER BOOKS FROM OTHER BRANCHES. Because the library has structural damage that won’t be addressed until it moves, there’s a very limited service in the reception area, and that move has been put back until next year.

Z is for ZZZZ. A walk up Madron Carn in the morning, a run on the beach at low tide in the afternoon, and evening patrol of the back lane gave us a very sleepy dog, quite content to curl up and doze in her chair in the bay window.

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10 thoughts on “An A to Z of Interesting Possibilities ….

  1. Fifteen bags leaving the house! Well done! And so glad you’ll be joining in with 1924! 🙂


  2. Isn’t Something Rhymed wonderful? I like the way Emily and Emma Claire have set it up so that they profile literary friendships between women in the present as well as the past. And I’m so glad they decided to continue beyond 2014, because every year ought to be a year of reading women.

    Thanks so much, Jane, for including my “Emma in the Snow” in your list. I’m excited to read the guest posts as they come in. I know the first one (for Dec. 25th), by Nora Bartlett, is fabulous. She says she’s particularly fond of the snowfall in Emma because she’s a snow-loving North American who lives in Britain, “where it really does not snow nearly enough.” Her analysis of the effect of the “snow panic” on Austen’s characters provides the ideal beginning to the celebrations.


  3. I’ve been meaning to re-read Emma for ages, so this would be a great opportunity 🙂
    And I know what you mean about EVERYTHING seeming to come from 1923 or 1925 – inevitable. I’m excited about the obscure Cornish author: the more obscure authors the better!

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  4. Lovely post, Jane. I’m looking forward to hearing more about The Vienna Melody for German Lit Month. Funnily enough, I’ve been reading Vienna Tales, an anthology of short stories set in the city. It’s given me a taste for the culture and atmosphere of the capital.


  5. Jane, I love these A to Z’s…I am trying to figure out how I missed this, and other posts. I am following you, but apparently not in my feed. Must figure this out. At any rate, you always give me a new boost in my reading material goals. And I so love hearing what that cute little Briar is up to!


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