Here is a photo of the books that I am looking at for reading in the next week or so.
Left to Right:
The Country Diaries – edited by Alan Taylor. Looks to be a lovely collection of diary entries for a whole year of agricultural/farm work from lots of British authors. (Taylor was half of the team who edited the diary collection, The Assassin’s Cloak, which I read not long ago. I am very enticed by diaries right now.)
The Hidden Writer – Alexandra Johnson. A collection of diaries (again!) except this time chosen from the creative and writerly group of Sonya Tolstoy, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Alice James, Anais Nin, May Sarton and Marjory Fleming. Not sure if this is organized by writer or by date, so will have to see. Might be quite serious and scholarly, so we’ll see how that goes.
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier. A twentieth century classic, this is an older copy (1954) and has lovely yellowing pages to read. Story is not bad too. 🙂 A mystery set in nineteenth century Cornwall with family intrigue.
The Wal-Mart Effect – Charles Fishman. (Read already. Didn’t really inspire much of a blog post, although did cement my “No Wal-Mart” policy.)
Remember the Alamo: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About American History with All the Boring Bits Taken Out – Alison Rattle and Allison Vale. In the same vein, presumably, as “Remember, Remember“, this book introduces readers to snippets of US history. This has been criticized as being written by two UK authors about US history – I am witholding judgement until post-reading.
So – the reading list may well waver from this selection, but it’s what I have been thinking about reading over the next few days. Additionally, I am also reading the fourth novel of the Barsetshire/Anthony Trollope series, called “Framley Parsonage”, full of Victorian intrigue and machinations so far.
<rubs hands with glee at future reading plans>