Thanks to all of you who commented on Wednesday’s post What’s Sitting On the Shelf? I was wondering whether to start reading one of the many books sitting on my shelves and several people recommended I should read these from the list on my post:
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame – suggested by Josette and Lezlie. Oh dear, I will read this one day but not for a while as I’m still reading Les Miserables and I don’t think I could cope with reading two books by Victor Hugo at the same time.
- David Copperfield – this was suggested by Gautami Tripathy, Katherine, Babara H (it’s one of her all time favourites), and Kat (who’s read a children’s adaptation – sounds like a good idea). Gautami has promised to read Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (one of her books sitting on the shelf!) if I promise to read David Copperfield soon – I’m very tempted to take you up on that promise Gautami, because I loved Sophie’s World.
- The Mill on the Floss from Katherine, Lisa and Carol. I did enjoy Middlemarch, so this is a possibility soon.
- Cider With Rosie suggested by Nan. I did pick this up and looked at it after reading Nan’s suggestion. It looks great and I’m very tempted to read it next.
- King Solomon’s Mines from Robin. I’m not sure I’m in the mood for an adventure story just now.
- Barchester Towers from Matt and Ann – but Ann says only if I’ve read The Warden first, which I haven’t.
- Pickwick Papers – Joanne enjoyed that one. Mmm this is tempting too.
- Ti suggested Great Expectations if I hadn’t already read it. I have but it was many years ago. I would like to re-read it one day, but not right now!
From your comments it looks as though Dickens sells well, but sits on the shelves unread by quite a few of us. Well, I’ve decided – I’ve made my decision (as they say on the X Factor); it’s been very hard because all the contestants are good but for me the book with the most appeal at the moment, and the one that I have chosen is …
Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
So I’ve let you off the hook, Gautami, but I still think you’d like Sophie’s World and if I pick up David Copperfield soon I’ll let you know.
However, I’m not going to start it properly yet (OK I have read the first two chapters – I couldn’t resist it once I’d opened the book) until I’ve at least finished Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer. This book has taken me by surprise as when I read the first few pages I thought it wasn’t for me and it’s full of words and phrases that were presumably current in Regency England, that I’ve not come across before. I’ve started to make a list as I read. I think I understand them from the context, but for example just what was a “Tiger” (not a big wild cat), what does “laying out your blunt ” really mean and what was a “daffy” (obviously not a flower)? Having said that it is really fast reading, and very amusing.