1 January 2017

Five Favourites from 2016


This is the best time of year for increasing an already too long list of 'must-read' books.  It's especially good for highlighting reissues of books I never knew existed.  One title that jumps to mind is Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates (thank you, Kim from Reading Matters).

While it wasn't my most prolific year for reading down to having lots of exhausting fun with a new pup, most of what I read was quite good.  It was impossible to narrow down the books I've read to one favourite, but each of my top picks had a pull that made me yearn to get back to them and left a lasting impression.  And it has just occurred to me that four of the five titles are by authors I've never read before.

This new year of reading is already off to an excellent start with Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood.  I'm only a few pages in but absolutely loving it so far.  Full of anecdotal tidbits of childhood perceptions and social mores from around the time of the Great War, it's tiding me over nicely until more copies of Terms and Conditions by Yselda Maxtone Graham are printed.  I placed my first order with Slightly Foxed the other day for Issue 52 of their quarterly magazine.  No doubt the start of another bookish obsession....Happy New Year!      

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  1. I'm also excited about Great Bardfield... and jealous of Terms and Conditions. And all for bookish obsessions! Happy New Year, Darlene!

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    1. Happy New Year, Audrey! If 2017 gets a little too tense in the world of politics we can turn off the news and read!

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  2. Great Bardfield is on the bedside table, and I am sure that you will be smitten with Slightly Foxed.

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    1. Too smitten, I'm afraid! Their books are pricey when you factor in exchange and shipping but the way they're made is something special. And they're definitely not about to show up around here in second-hand shops!

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  3. SF is a wonderful addiction to have & I have no doubt that you're going to become addicted! I've also begun the year with a Persephone, Because of the Lockwoods & have Tirzah and T & C coming up soon. Happy New reading Year!

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    1. And my husband is a very supportive enabler so we may need another bookcase. Have you seen the video that Cornflower posted showing how SF editions are made? I love that they're handcrafted, so while they're costly...they're small works of art in many ways! We have a lot of excellent reading to look forward to, Lyn...Happy New Year!

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  4. Thank you so much for including me in your top five! And in such excellent company!

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    1. The pleasure was all mine, Rosy! I SO enjoyed every story and look forward to seeing what you come out with next. It's lovely of you to keep in touch...all the best!

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  5. Lovely top five - and you will certainly not regret Slightly Foxed as your latest obsession :)

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    1. My thinking exactly...the mail order aspect means I have to think long and hard about buying books. Okay...perhaps not that hard...All the best, Simon!

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  6. I am certain this will be the start of a Slightly Foxed obsession! And such a wise one!

    I really meant to read Sandlands in 2016 but it never happened. Sounds like I've saved myself a treat for 2017.

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    1. Read Sandlands, Claire! It's a collection of stories that will stay with you, it's clever, and very well written. I won't part with my copy...it's that good.
      p.s. - I tried leaving a comment on your blog but it kept asking for my url...which I had already submitted...ugh. Hopefully a bugaboo that won't repeat itself. Sorry...

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  7. With the paucity of books in my part of the world I am just happy that I've read three out of your best reads! I'd love to get hold of the Garwood book though. Sounds idyllic.

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    1. I've just finished Tirzah's autobiography, Mystica...it's such an excellent read! Slow access to books must be so frustrating but hopefully this one finds its way to you one day. Is there a digital version to be found?

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  8. I am joining you in the Slightly Foxed camp. I just bought myself a years subscription and am resolutely telling myself I don't need to myself more books right NOW!

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    1. Having something lovely to look forward to in the mail is a good way to get through our winters. I've sprung for the one year subscription too!

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  9. I'm reading Hons and Rebels right now. Absolutely fascinating. Still love Nancy the best though!

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    1. So glad you're enjoying Hons and Rebels! It sat on my shelves for ages, but it's always a nice surprise when you've paid for a book with little knowledge about it and it surpasses your expectations. I'm going to try The Pursuit of Love later this year...

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  10. Me too!! I just received my copy of Slightly Foxed #52 and am loving it. I think a subscription is next.

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    1. It's lovely, isn't it! Well I bit the bullet and ordered a subscription...I like the idea of taking it with me for reading on work breaks.

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    2. Yes, it's so portable. I'm enjoying dipping in and out of it in dr. waiting rooms, on the GO train, at Tim's, etc.

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