How does a sensitive soul cope when the world around her seems to be going mad?
I’ve been quiet in the online world – just popping in from time to time to put up a post and have a quick look around – because it is impossible to avoid news and discussion that it particularly stressful when you work in finance and shipping for a company that trades worldwide.
The coming of spring is helping me, and I have three forms of therapy:
‘Spring Time’ by Mary Rose Barton
I had a lovely time putting together this month’s collection of Virago art, and I have other collections making steady progress behind the scenes.
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I haven’t had too much reading time, but I’m very happy with the seven books I finished.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – This is a lovely and distinctive piece of Victoriana; telling the story of a young woman who was born into slavery, brought into the master’s house and educated, and taken to London where she found both love and trouble. A compelling story and evocative prose made this a wonderful reading experience,
The Silver Road by Stina Jackson – This story of love, loss and obsession tells of a father who drives a long road every night, still searching for his missing daughter when everyone else has given up; and a girl with a troubled family life who finds a new home. The set-up is wonderful, the writing is excellent, and I was only disappointed that the latter of the story followed crime novel conventions a little too closely,
A Welsh Witch by Allen Raine – My book for Dewithon – this year’s Wales Readathon – tells the story of four young people who grew up in a small seaside community early in the 20th century. These characters, their experiences, and the world around them were beautifully realised; and that drew me right into the story.These characters, their differnrt experiences, and the world around them were woven together to make a wonderful story, and I’m looking forward to reading more of the author’s books.
Tangerine by Christine Mangan – This is a cleverly plotted, character driven psychological drama in a vividly realised setting – a story of a toxic friendship and unspoken memories that plays out in Tangier. The comparisons – Patricia Highsmith, Daphne Du Maurier, Donna Tartt – are unrealistic but this is a compelling story and would be an very good holiday read.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Pamela Jenkins Reid – I found myself first in the library queue for this book. So much has been written about it that I don’t think I need to explain what it is about, and I’ll just say that I thought it was very well done, and reading was akin to reading an extended piece in a quality music magazine.
The House on the Cliff by D E Stevenson – This story of a young woman who unexpectedly inherits and falls in love with a house on the coast of Devon was a wonderful comfort read. The story plays to D E Stevenson’s strengths; it was full of engaging characters, interesting situations, and though I predicted how the story would play out early on I wasn’t sure how it would get there and finding out how it did was lovely.
The Flower of May by Kate O’Brien – My book for Read Ireland 2019 is set early in the 20th century, and it tells the story of a younger daughter who loves her home and family but misses her convent school in Belgium and seizes a chance to travel with the family of her dearest friend. It is beautifully and clearly written, it has a wonderful cast of characters, and it would have sat very well with the selection of the author’s books that Virago reissued.
I have another Dorothy Dunnett book in progress, I’ve just picked up my book for The Radetzky March Readalong , I have an unread Margery Sharp book lined up for The 1965 Club …. but otherwise I’m going to see which books call me next month.
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I’ve been listening to Bach, Debussy and Rimsky-Korskov; but when it comes to songs being sung my tastes are more contemporary; and I find that certain songs will always cast a spell over me.
That’s why I have a playlist of songs this month instead of another list of books.
It was meant to be a list of ten, but there were eleven songs that all had good reasons to be included.
I will still love them this time next month, but I hope that I won’t need them quite as much as I do now ….
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13 thoughts on “Looking Back at March”
I can only imagine how stressful all of this is, and on a daily basis. I’m glad that you are finding comfort or distraction in those three forms of therapy. I have been trying to cut back on my time on-line, and some very distracting books have helped – but I need to do better.
I loved The Flowers of May, and I was hoping you would too.
For me reading, prayer and friend and family get togethers give me a sense of peace. I like D.E. Stevenson and that book sounds good.
You had a good reading month in March. I sympathise with the stress and uncertainty of things beyond our control, I think many of us feel like that. I have Tangerine, I was suspicious of the links to writers such as Patricia Highsmith, I think I know what to expect though, and though outside my comfort zone, I am drawn to the setting. I also have several D E Stevenson tbr, though not that one. Enjoy your April reading.
I’ve been trying to hide away from it too, but I work with legislation and so it’s all I see! I wish I’d read as many books as you this month. It looks like you got through a great selection.
I can understand how you’re feeling, Jane. Hopefully your heart is eased for short periods at least by walks with Briar and the burgeoning Cornish spring.
It’s a pretty rubbish world at the moment, isn’t it Jane? Like you I tend to avoid it, hiding in art and music and books too (unlike Mr. Kaggsy who as a retired lawyer loves debate and is glued to the parliamentary broadcasts – yikes!) Glad to see Judee Sill in your playlist – what a voice she had! ❤
Thanks for the link, Jane.
I feel a lot like you and am not around as much as I used to. It’s all a bit too much.
You have lovely ways to find solace. I’ll be listening to your music when I get a chance. Thanks for sharing it.
I am looking forward to checking out the tracks on your playlist – we can all do with a bit of art-music-books solace at the moment. X
I had a free 3-month trial for Kindle Unlimited, and though I found the offerings rather limited 🙂 I did have a little bit of a D.E. Stevenson binge. I agree with you, it was perfect comfort reading. I hope your books and music continue to help in these crazy days!
Lovely reading, and thank you for the good ideas and back-up in my own EU woes. I love the sound of the DE Stevenson, what a great comfort read she is.
This is LOVELY. I love your way of filling up. So sorry you are stressed! 😦
Rimsky-Korskov is one of my favorites. If you like his music you should also listen to Borodin, whose music he arranged.
Glad you’re back and glad I’m able to comment on your posts again. I don’t know why but I wasn’t able to for a while. It may have been some technical glitch.
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