Pictured is today's nap time view...
I often write about the picture books we read in our house, but very rarely, despite my best intentions, have I got further than briefly mentioning any books that are piled on my bedside table.
The last time I wrote about books was the summer - I rather optimistically came back from the library with a stack of books, with the aim of taking a few on holiday. Of course, you can guess what happened: I managed to read half a book on holiday, while the others languished in a stack, taunting me, until they were returned to the library (with a few fines to pay...). While I still love browsing the shelves in the library, I fear unless I know I'll read it straight away, I can't max out my library card on lovely tomes anymore.
I recently decided I'd try to read every night - even if it's just a page or two - so I can get back into books properly and work my way through my current want-to-read list. And as if by fate, I then read Laura's blog post about trying to read a book a month. I, and many other bibliophiles, asked if we could jump on her book-reading band-wagon: she said yes! Laura has created a link-up so that we can share books we have read and would recommend (or not...) to others, plus a Pinterest board that makes me want to create floor-to-ceiling-shelves in every room of my house.
The Goldfinch is my current reading material (along with many others it seems - I keep seeing it mentioned!) With elegant and enthralling prose, it makes me wish I could spend every evening curled up reading it. I will keep schtum about the subject matter and events until next month - hopefully I will have finished it by then so I can share my thoughts.
After The Goldfinch, I have a few other books waiting in line that have recently caught my eye:
* Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
* Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
* Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
* The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy (that was one of my summer library finds that I never finished) * Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
Any others I should add to my list?
See you in February for (no doubt) lots of cooing about The Goldfinch, plus deliberations about what I'll be reading next.