… because I like to do this from time to time, because I’ve been rather distracted lately, and because the time seems right.
A is for ALDERMAN by Georgina Farrell in my current knitting project.
B is for BRINGING HOME BOOKS I ALREADY OWN – because I like to help the library statistics of books I love when I have space on my ticket.
C is for THE CLAVERINGS by Anthony Trollope. It started slowly, I was having a lovely time spotting many things that are so typical of Trollope, but now that I am twenty chapters in I am completely engrossed in the human drama.
D is for DOROTHY DUNNETT. I have reached the end of the Lymond Chronicles, and I want to write about the last book this month. Then I can start reading the Niccolo books.
E is for EMERGENCY DASH. Two weeks ago I had to carry Briar to the vet and I thought that I might not be bringing her home again. The vet pinpointed the problem and said that her general health was very good for a dog of her age, and in in a few days she was her usual self again.
F is for FRAMING. I have had a lovely painting sitting in a broken frame for ages, but now it is been to the framer and it is back on the wall where it belongs.
G is for GOING BACK. I’ve picked up and put down a lot of books over the last few months, and I’ve decided that this month I am going to go back and either finish them or ditch them.
H is for HANDHELD PRESS – I am so pleased that Business as Usual by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford will be reissued next year. I loved it and I really didn’t want to return the library copy that I read.
I is for ISLE. ‘Luminous Isle’ by Eliot Bliss has been sitting on my bedside table for a very long time. I do want to read it but it never seems to be the right time.
J is for JANE MUIR. I have admired her ceramics in the window of a local gallery for a long time, but I only discovered the name of their creator by chance when I was looking up another artist.
K is for KINGDOMS OF ELFIN by Sylvia Townsend Warner is a volume of short stories that I am reading very slowly, because I really don’t want to turn the last page and have no more stories left.
L is for THE LOST FUTURE OF PEPPERHARROW by Natasha Pulley. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street next year.
M is for MUDLARKING by Lara Malkem is one of those books that I picked up and then dropped. I loved what I read but it wasn’t the right time for me to do it justice.
N is for NIGHT TRACKS is my favourite thing in the radio at the moment.
O is for ORGANZA BAGS. I brought a couple of packs of them and now my yarn stash is organised and easy to view.
P is for PALLISERS. I was very disappointed in the recent Radio 4 adaptation – there was some strange merging of characters, the modernisation lacked subtlety and it just didn’t work for me.
Q is for QUICKSILVER by Neal Stevenson. I spotted it on a list of best historical novels and I am trying to decide whether or not it is my kind of book.
R is for ROSA by Margery Sharp. A work email, from our shipping agents referring to Mexico’s Revolution Day, reminded me of this book and I ordered it in from the library’s fiction reserve to read again,
S is for STONECROP PULLOVER by Andrea Mowry is probably going to be the next thing I knit for myself. I have my main colour and a several possible contract colours.
T is for TIME TO FINISH. I just have half a sleeve to knit and then the Man of the House will have his new sweater. I’ve promised that it will be finished for Christmas – it’s not difficult but I don’t like knitting sleeves in the round and so I have let myself be distracted.
U is for UNDER THE TABLE. That is Briar’s summer retreat, but in the winter she prefers to curl up in her basket.
V is for VIRAGO SECRET SANTA. I have three parcels and I have a very good idea who they came from, but of course I’m not going to say who that is.
W is for WOMEN’S PRESS. I spotted a set of four of their books in a charity shop, and it brought back memories of seeing their striped spines and Virago’s green spine together in the Silver Moon Bookshop many years ago.
X is for (E)XCLUSION. There are big fences up to keep people off the Promenade while it is refurbished, and they will be there until next June at the earliest. I miss walking there and Briar doesn’t understand why one of her favourite walks has been closed.
Y is for YONGE. I have ‘The Clever Women of the Family’ by Charlotte Mary Yonge in mind for my 100 Years of Books Project.
Z is for ZAWADSKI – Alice Zawadski has been an interesting recent addition to my life’s soundtrack.
12 thoughts on “The Last A to Z of the year ….”
I’m glad Briar is okay.
What a brilliant and thoughtful list, Jane. I love your current and planned knitting projects. I love the sound of Business as Usual. And I look forward to exploring more about Zawadski and Night Tracks – thank you! 😀💕
Thanks Jane – you’ve added a few more books to my TBR list!
Lovely A-Z Jane, and the Alderman jumper looks lovely. So glad Briar is well again – what a cutie! 😀
I always love when you do these posts! And I’m glad Briar recovered and is doing so well. 🙂
I love all of these entries, as always, but especially the Bs for books and Briar.
I am so so glad Briar is feeling better! I really like the concept of Organza bags!
So glad Briar is OK, I am all too familiar with those emergency dashes from this last late summer. And I love your entry for B – what a lovely thing to do! I am supposed to be borrowing Mudlarking from a friend but will see when that happens. And bah to the exclusion – hope it’s all done and revamped soon! And that they retain my favourite bench!
Love looking at your knitting projects always so advanced! Glad to hear Briar is on the mend, dogs capture our hearts so much.
I’ve put “Business as Usual” on my TBR list. Our library doesn’t have a copy of it, so I’ll look for it in the bookstore.
Lovely list, Jane! I am happy to know Briar is better 🙂 And I particularly loved your entries for B and H!
Another voice cheering for Briar’s recovery, Jane….how frightening for both of you.
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