Reading, though, not so much. In October, I read The Worm Forgives the Plough right at the beginning of a reading rut, and I had the same feeling about The Diary of a Provincial Lady when I finished it last night: both books would have been perfect if they had come at the right time. When I finished reading it, I looked for something else and amongst my nearly 900 book collection I couldn't find anything. I think perhaps reading my take a backseat this week whilst all the work is going on, which is fine, and I'll settle with a short story collection perhaps. Dorothy Parker, perhaps. I laid out, as I do every month, my plans for reading, and I do believe this will be my first month of blogging where I have not read most of the books I had wished to. But, unlike last year, I'm not going to try and force my way out of it. Plenty to be getting on with. Today will be repainting, cleaning, and planting trees. The little budgers are getting a poor deal, though. This room (I say "this" because I'm in it now) is their room for flying around in, and they can't when I'm painting. If it warms up they'll go outside, but as it's cold I'm not sure what to do. They hate flying around in the living room, the kitchen is obviously unsuitable, and the other rooms are too small for them to get a proper shot at flying. I think they may have to put up with it, though. They can't stay in the cage until Tuesday: aside from the fact they're very young with a lot of energy, they're just not used to sitting in a cage day in, day out. Well, I'll come up with something.
Back to reading: this is a good time for me, I think, to be told what to read, so I have another reason to participate in the Classic Spin! Same rules as last time:
You have to read one of these twenty books in May & June. (Details follow.) So, try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)Here's my list:
Books I'm dreading:
1. Radcliffe, Ann - The Italian
2. Rushdie, Salman - The Satanic Verses
3. Fowles, John - The Magus
4. Gogol, Nikolai - Dead Souls
5. Amis, Martin - London Fields
Books I'm looking forward to:
6. Waugh, Evelyn - Scoop
7. Nesbit, E. - The Railway Children
8. Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
9. Heaney, Seamus - Beowulf
10. Elliot, George - Adam Bede
Books I'm neutral about:
11. Fowles, John - The French Lieutenant's Woman
12. Haggard, H. Rider - She
13. Blackmore , R. D. - Lorna Doone
14. James, Henry - What Maise Knew
15. Kundera, Milan - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Free choice: the books I've been meaning to read for ages.
16. Hardy, Thomas - The Return of the Native
17. Scott, Walter - Ivanhoe
18. James, Henry - The Wings of the Dove
19. Orwell, George - The Road to Wigan Pier
20. Sackville-West, Vita - The Edwardians
Very much hoping for #7!
Anyway, it's nearly half twelve. Must press on!
Oh, last thing: I must buy batteries for my camera tomorrow. So many things to take pictures of, and I've barely taken any at all this spring.