Along with my intention this year to write, I have a parallel aim to read.
Back when I was an English student, I had the luxury of being able to spend whole days reading. I could easily devour a novel in a single sitting, curled up on a sofa in the afternoon whilst drinking endless cups of tea. Needless to say, now that I have three young children, I never drink a whole cup of hot tea and I very rarely get the chance to curl up on the sofa, let alone with a book. Other than cookery books and those featuring photography or craft, I have read woefully few books since the baby arrived, and I should very much like to change that.
My aim, for this year, is to read (at least!) a book a month. My plan, for the sake of accountability, is to record them here. I am beginning with a Persephone book: Heat Lightning by Helen Hull. I was given it as a gift last summer, and have yet to settle down to reading it. A Persephone novel is perfect for January, with its soothing, elegant dove-grey dust jacket. Those that I have read in the past have been characterised by a quiet brilliance, and this looks to be no exception.
I should perhaps say that no, I’m not one of those remarkable people who can knit and read simultaneously, how I wish I was. Still, what a perfect match with my knitting.
A year in books begins here. I have already ordered the appropriately named Girl Reading for next month, but I shall need another ten choices, and I am open to suggestions. Can you recommend a good book?