The true university these days is a collection of books.
-Thomas Carlyle

Monday, 30 August 2010

August Roundup

This is a picture that I took while on holiday in Hampshire at the beginning of the month, in beautiful Mottisfont Abbey gardens, owned by the National Trust.
Read - 3 and a quarter books, not a bad month at all.
Completed -
A Month in the Country by J L Carr
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Currently Reading - An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
TBR Pile - currently at 83 books (according to GoodReads) with 5 added...
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Ines of my Soul by Isabelle Allende
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
Challenges - read and finished To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as my 'read another American classic'. Also bought another Charles de Lint (see above) to read another of his, as set by me at the beginning of the year for directional reading challenges.
Wishlist Additions -
Wildwood by Robert Deakin
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Discoveries - A lovely website called Forgotten Bookmarks written by someone who works in a secondhand bookshop and records everthing that they find in the books, from photos, lists, letters, tickets and lots of unusual things. I spent ages on it and some of the finds are really moving.
Events - Of course the rest of my Jane Austen holiday at the beginning of the month, and also planning the next one! Lots of ideas and information coming in already, as well as interest from a number of people.


Hannah Stoneham said...

Did you enjoy a month in the country? I have never read it but it has been hanging around in my bedroom for years... must get around to that! Lovely picture. i was in Hampshire fora wedding earlier this summer and it was lovely as ever

Thanks for sharing


Leah said...

Thanks for dropping by Hannah, Hampshire is lovely isn't it. I hope I get to go back. I did enjoy A Month in the Country, my review is a few posts down the page.

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