Looking Ahead

I rarely plan ahead which books I’m going to read, but as it’s 1 December tomorrow and not much reading time left in the year I thought I’d concentrate on reading from my to-be-read shelves. These are the books I think I’ll read:

Dec bks 2014

From the bottom up they are:

  • I’m currently reading Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende and finding it a bit of a struggle – mainly because the font is quite small and it’s difficult to see except in bright lighting – not good for reading in bed. This is historical fiction, a family epic set at the end of the nineteenth century in Chile and San Francisco.  Isabel Allende is a new-to-me author.
  • The Soul of Kindness by Elizabeth Taylor, according to the book jacket this is a study in self-deception of a young newly married woman who believes she is ‘the soul of kindness’ and yet she wrecks everyone’s life she comes in contact with. I’ve not read any of Elizabeth Taylor’s books before (the author, not the actress).
  • An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge – set in 1950 this is also historical fiction. A Liverpool repertory theatre company are rehearsing its Christmas production of Peter Pan. The story centres around Stella, the assistant stage manager. I’ve enjoyed the Beryl Bainbridge books I’ve read so far, so I’m hoping this one is just as good.
  • And finally crime fiction, an Agatha Christie book because I haven’t read one of hers for a while. This is Hallowe’en Party, with Poirot and Ariadne Oliver in search of the killer of Joyce, a boastful thirteen-year-old found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

It remains to be seen if these are the books I’ll read in December!

3 thoughts on “Looking Ahead

  1. I haven’t read any of those but they all sound good, particularly that Elizabeth Taylor. I’ll be interested to hear about that if you get to it. I’ve seen the film of An Awfully Big Adventure with Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant, but not read the book. I’ve only read one BB book… something about ‘Queenie’ and it was quite good. Have fun!


  2. Margaret – Sorry to hear about that small font in the Allende, but the story itself sounds great. I’ve actually been wanting to put that one on my TBR. I’ll be keen to know what you think of it once you’ve finished. And the Taylor looks great too.


  3. I hope you enjoy your December reading. I like the sound of An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge. I don’t tend to make reading plans but in December I will be continuing to read Shirley by Charlotte Brontë my result from The Classics Club Spin #8.


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