These cute little woollen hearts kick us off for St. Valentines month, the month of love, and I thought a link to the poems of Christina Rossetti would be appropriate because her love poems are very romantic in an English Victorian way.
It has been quite a full month for my reading life too...
Read - almost 2 and a half books.
Completed - Three Jacobean Witchcraft Plays and Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris.
Currently - reading The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.
TBR pile - has grown immensely this month, now at 57 books...
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
The Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
The Turning of the Screw by Henry James
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
The Zig Zag Way by Anita Desai
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
and the non-fictional Novel Destinations and
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
Challenge updates - I completed #1, #2 and #9 of the 2009 mini challenges, and I am up to page 167 of 1000 (on schedule), of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, a personal challenge to read 3 pages a day to finish it in a year.
Discoveries - Five Dials Magazine and also 52 short stories, the website displaying a new short story every week, both courtesy of RobAroundBooks
Wishlist additions -
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Rain by Kirsty Gunn
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Book Swap at work (click here)
Seeing a musical stage version of Great Expectations at the Theatr Clwyd near Mold.
On we go into March, hopefully a little warmer for all of us. It is already a pleasure to see the Crocus and Daffodils up, and some of the blossom trees flowering.