The 2012 Reading List

First, apologies to all those who read my last post about writing about death and funerals. I do solemnly promise never to post after 10pm at night again. My ability to spot typo’s after this hour apparently wanes considerably. I think I’ve rectified them all now, so please feel free to read the whole thing again sans mistakes!

And now to business: a little something I like to call The 2012 Reading List. Feel free to make it your own or send me suggestions – I love a recommendation. Before I start, this year’s list will be slightly different to the reading lists of the previous two years. In 2012, in addition to the pithy (my word, not yours) one liners I ascribe to each book when I’ve read them, I plan to review one book a month in full. Like properly. There’s an art to book reviewing. This year I’d like to master it. I’ll decide on my review book at the beginning of each month and, hopefully, post the review up before the end of the month it is read in. These are my best laid plans.

But enough preamble. Here it is: my planned reading list so far. In no particular order and including more than a few classics:

1. A Dark Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendall

2. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

4. The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw

5. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

6. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9. The Tiger’s Wife by Thé Obreht

10. Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich

11. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomlin

12. Arthur Rackham: A Life by James Hamilton

13. The new Essie Fox book, I think to be called Elijah’s Mermaid, due sometime in 2012.

14. The new Kate Morton book due at the end of 2012. Title as yet unknown.

15. More poetry, more Virginia Woolf and more from the Persephone Catalogue.

So that’s my list so far. An eclectic mix. Enough to be getting on with anyway. As I said earlier, if anyone has any reading recommendations, I’d be happy to hear from you. As well as indulging my love of good literary fiction, this year I’m particularly interested in reading books about Irish history (fiction or fact); anything on the Bloomsbury Group of Writers; interwar novels or stories set in the interwar period (as always); quirky, magical realism / whimsical stories (though not science fiction or vampires).

Happy reading!



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