Made a trip to the library today, with something of an informal project in mind: to read some ‘catch up’ books – i.e. books or writers I’ve always meant to read, but have never really gotten round to (sadly, a phrase I repeat fairly often)
These are anything from:
- Classics I’ve heard a lot about, such as Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm
- Readers’ favourites that have just evaded me for some reason or other (Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith)
- Writers I’ve been curious about for a while (Saki, Orhan Pamuk, Graham Greene)
- to past Booker favourites/winners/finalists that I just never got around to (Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America).
You may also notice that most of these books are jolly and jovial and lighthearted. Yes. I’m making an effort to read comforting, pleasant things, because my university readings require me to read a lot of things about drab and dismal things (I’m in a mood for adjectives!)
Can’t wait to dig into these!