While I was supposed to be spending this month whittling down the pile of books on my nghtstand, it seems to have grown instead. I'm not sure how that happened (well, I do, but best not get into it), but I'm not at all suprised. So I've decided I need to be more conscientious in my planning as I have a few books I really do need to pay attention to as the month continues to fly by. So, less dipping into everything and a little more attention to a few select books (and then moving on to the next...).
First and foremost, it's time to pull out the Slaves next book, Stefan Zweig's The Post-Office Girl, which I have been looking forward to reading for a while now. From the publisher: "this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel."
I've been slowly reading Christian Moerk's Darling Jim. It came to me as a review copy, and to be honest I'm not entirely sure what I make of it so far. I'm only a third of the way in, and it's not at all what I expected it to be, not that I'm really sure what that was. It's crime fiction of a sort. It combines storytelling with fairy tales and maybe a little bit of mythology. And yes, there's murder. The story told in a very unique voice so far. I'll let you know how it goes.
And for something a little more calming I've been reading the very charming and delightful Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield. It's literally a diary written by an upper middle class (am assuming) lady with two children, a very British husband (so says the introduction), a French governess, a house in the country and a very British life. It's set in the early thirties and I've really been enjoying all the details of one provincial lady's life. It's been easy to pick up, read a few entries and set aside again, but I feel like I want to spend more uninterrupted time with it this week.
And I'll definitely be dipping into my Heyer books, too!
What are you reading this week?