Thursday, November 13, 2008

book week: day 3

Oh, I am so excited about this post ~ fiction! This year has been so busy, I haven't had much time to read for pleasure (my short list of current reads pictured above), or even to pour through the book reviews. So, I asked Inkslinger at The Overdecorated Bookcase for her top five favorites from the last year or two. I am always in awe of her reading list ~ not only of the new books she discovers, but by how often she picks up old favorites and re-reads them. I think we have similar taste in fiction, including a shared love for A.S. Byatt and a good Mary Stewart mystery (who knew!?) ~ and her favs don't disappoint:

* Coventry (2008) by Helen Humphreys
* The Frozen Thames (2007) by Helen Humphreys
* Conceit (2007) by Mary Novik
* Cloud of Bone (2007) by Bernice Morgan
* The Uncommon Reader (2007) by Alan Bennett

...and a special mention: Silver Salts (2008) by Mark Blagrave (which she just finished!).

I don't know about you, but I am ready to make a cup of tea and curl up with a good book. Cheers, and happy reading.


Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

The Bess of Hardwick is excellent and I am sure you will enjoy it, having been to England and delved rather deeply into houses and textiles. I've been waiting for The Frozen Thames to come out in the US for some time so glad to see it's finally here but it looks like Coventry isn't due to be released til 2009.

I am the only one in my (now-defunct) reading group to have made it all the way through "Possession." I like Byatt's short stories better — don't feel like I have to commit my life to read them the way I do with her big books. And I still pick up Mary Stewart in remembrance of my youthful self.

Anonymous said...

I do not typically read fiction (history and biography predominate my shelves) but The Uncommon Reader looks uncommonly delightful to one. (Did I use one as a pronoun correctly?) KDM

glp said...

Oh joy, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, like a good book.
i am going through a short story phase right now.
reading: Haruki Murakami's "The Elephant Vanishes"
listening: selected shorts on my ipod.
thank you for this lovely post. glp

scholar in waiting said...

Inkslinger does have excellent taste! I also love Helen Humphreys, especially The Lost Garden.