Just before I left, I thought that perhaps I should have run some competitions in my absence where you could place bets on a) how many books I read while I was away, b) how many books I bought while I was away and c) how many books arrived at my house while I was away. The answers are 18.5 (I've got a half read book to finish tonight), 0 (unless you count the map I bought of the Bude area so we could do a walk at Boscastle without getting lost), and 2 (1 expected, and 1 a surprise from Canongate).
Of the books I took with me (here they are piled up in the holiday home, next to my boyfriend's reading pile)...
- Fortnight in September (Sheriff) - last Persephone week read.
- Head girl's difficulties (Brent-Dyer)
- Zennor in Darkness (Dunmore)
- Fixing Kate (Murphy)
- Excellent women (Pym)
- Maiden's trip (Smith)
- Well tempered clavier (Coles)
- The tent, the bucket and me (Kennedy)
- Surf Nation (Wade) - from my boyfriend's pile
- A chiltern adventure (Allen)
- A cast of smiles (Brookfield)
- The great lover (Dawson)
- Flight of the maidens (Gardam)
- The sea lady (Drabble)
- Tales from an island (Atkins)
- Guppies for tea (Cobbold)
- School on cloud ridge (Allen)
- Guernsey literary and potato peel society (Shaffer)
- Summer's Day
I hope to write about some of these in due course...
I also read a wonderful book called The well and the mine, which Virago sent me to review the night before I left, and I will DEFINITELY be writing about that this week.
The b files will continue to be a little sporadic - I'm off to a Rare Books conference in Cambridge Weds-Fri and then off to the Lake District for my Great North Swim which I'm quite nervous about as I haven't had a chance to have a proper swim all week, although I have been battling with my wetsuit and acquiring a warming layer of fat by consuming plenty of clotted cream. But I shall post when I can and look forward to doing some more baking soon!