Reading Notes

I seem to have a few books on the go at the moment, all at different stages.

I’ve recently finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which I think is absolutely fantastic and I need to write a separate post about it soon.

Before that I read Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, which I think is basically a book of two halves – more on that in another post, because I’ve borrowed The Sensation Novel from The Woman in White to the Moonstone by Lyn Pickett and I want to read that before finalising my thoughts on book itself. I found this book whilst looking for a biography of Collins and wanting to know more about him and his work. I hadn’t known about the sub-genre ‘sensation novel’ before, but apparently the 1860s was a decade of sensational events and sensational writing. So I’ve now started to read the Pykett book.

The next book I read is The Burry Man’s Day by Catriona McPherson, the second in the Dandy Gilver series. It’s crime fiction set in the 1920s in South Queensferry, full of local scenery. More about that too in another post to follow.

I then came to a halt, finding it difficult to find the next ‘right’ book to read. I’m part way into The Safe House by Nicci French, a psychological thriller about Samantha Laschen, a doctor specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder, asked to look after Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. I’m liking it, but I can’t read it in bed as the font is so small it hurts my eyes. I need to read it in daylight, so I had to find something else to read at night.

I’d started The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart, the third book in the Merlin series. I read the first two books years ago. They stand well on their own and I know the story of Arthur and Merlin quite well, so I was keen to read this book. Again it’s small font, so I’m limited to reading it during the day, or at least, not in bed. And somehow, it has not captured my imagination enough to keep reading it. I’m not abandoning it, just leaving it to one side for a while.

I’ve also dipped into to several others as well. It’s really annoying that when I’ve finished reading books that have had me spellbound, that I have to go through a time of indecision and am unable to settle properly with another book or that the font size defeats me. The answer I realised today is to read on my Kindle! I can increase the font if I need to and have a discreet light to read without disturbing my husband.

Earlier today I started The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman on Kindle and I’m happily engrossed in the world of Dr John Dee in 1560 and the missing bones of King Arthur. He’s on his way to Glastonbury accompanied by Robert Dudley (possibly the Queen’s secret lover – does he push his wife Amy to her death, but that’s another story). Just for the next 13 hours or so you can download it from Amazon for 99p – a bargain.

7 thoughts on “Reading Notes

  1. Margaret – It sounds as though you’ve got some good reads there. I often find myself reading more than one book at the same time, too, so I know what you mean about having several going at once. I’ll look forward to your review.


  2. I love the UK cover art for The Help! What a fabulous book, both in print and audio. The film is also very good!

    You’ve got quite a few books going at once. I’m usually a one-book woman, but lately I’ve had 3 or 4 going at once. It helps that I have a couple of nonfiction books in the mix. I doubt I could keep track of 4 different plots and sets of characters!


  3. I’m reading a great big chunkster in pieces interspersed with other stuff. It’s kind of interesting to flip around between worlds and adventures, isn’t it?


  4. A real mix of reading, sometimes it can get you like that and you don’t know whether you are coming or going. I have got down to two on the go at the moment, very different books, The Lantern and In the Midst of Death.

    Look forward to your comments on The Help.


  5. Oh, I know that feeling well, trying to find a new book to read when you’ve just read one that’s left you spell bound. Looking forward to your posts on both The Help and The Woman in White. I didn’t know about sensational writing either, so that book sounds interesting, too.


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