I'm joining in with lots of other bloggers I read with the Year in Books project which was started by Laura at Circle of Pine Trees. I like the idea of picking up ideas for books to read from other people as I've found some of the best books I've read in this way. One of my favourite writers is Patrick Gale, discovered because someone chose his 'Notes from an Exhibition' in the bookclub I was in at the time. My favourite last year was 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese again passed on to me by a friend who'd read it with her bookclub. And I've recently acquired 'Stoner' on the the Kindle by John Williams because Older Mum in a Muddle had mentioned it.
Like Mairead at As I Roved Out, I prefer real books to Kindle versions and so I get most of mine from the local library. You can get pretty much anything by reserving for £1 and this means that I can try lots of books. No longer do I force myself to read things I am not enjoying, be it classic, trash or a Booker prize winner. The only disadvantage is that occasionally someone else reserves before I finish and so recently I had to return 'The 100 Year Old Man who Walked out of the Window' when I was only half way through.
I am a member of a bookclub too so many of my choices for my monthly book will be determined by this. Our regular monthly meeting was last Tuesday and this time we went to a film version of a novel the group had read last year, 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog', which was being screened by Chester Film Society. What a wonderful film! It's about an emerging friendship between a 12 year old girl and the rather grumpy middle-aged concierge in her Paris apartment building ( It's a French film; we watched with subtitles). The concierge has a secret which the young girl discovers: she is not the uneducated TV addict she pretends to be but instead spends her free time reading everything from 'Anna Karenina' to philosophy while drinking tea and eating dark chocolate - stacks of spare bars in fridge. Sounds perfect to me, so I wasn't that happy when the little girl encourages her to drop her prickly exterior and look for love.
Next month's book choice is very different - 'The Prince' by Machiavelli. Husband has read this so will be interesting to share my views with him. Hope also to have time to get going on my pile of library books. And I'm waiting to get hold of 'Parallax', a new anthology of poetry by Sinead Morrissey who won the T. S. Eliot prize this week. Just caught the end of her performance on Newsnight and thought she sounded good. Another voice from Northern Ireland.
Now have to tackle the