Because I just don't have enough books on the go (and just when I thought perhaps I had whittled the reading pile down to a manageable number . . .), and because I am always up for a good project and even more so a good book hunt--I couldn't pass up Simon's 1924 Club. Curious what it is? For more details click on over to Simon's blog, but in a nutshell he is organizing a community read around books published in the year 1924. He chose the year somewhat arbitrarily and perhaps there will be another year to read from later, but for now it's the 20s, but each reader choose whichever book they life. He has a short list of potential titles but I am going to dig around and see what else I can come up with (that's what happens when you work in a library--it's like a challenge to dangle something like this in front of me . . . I can't help myself).
The only catch (for me anyway) is the reading needs to be done sooner than later since he is asking for blog posts in whatever format you like between October 19-31. No hemming and hawing, no indecision, so I will have to make a choice this weekend and start reading right away (since I am a slow reader and have a number of other things going on . . . RIP reading is wrapping up and German Lit reading on the horizon).
Scanning my own shelves very quickly last night netted Pink Sugar by O. Douglas, which several other bloggers (including Simon) have read and enjoyed (and isn't my copy a sweet little hardcover--you can just see it there on the top of the pile?), Edith Wharton's The Old Maid, Mary Webb's Precious Bane (which I read before and very much enjoyed and very recently thought it was time to read again), and Radclyffe Hall's The Unlit Lamp.
I'm actually quite keen on reading Radclyffe Hall, but I have read that this novel is fairly bleak and on the heavy side. Perhaps I will read a few pages and see how it goes. I would happily reread Mary Webb, and I have a feeling it is the book that will rise to the top of the pile in the end, even though it has been satirized (is that the right term?) by the likes of Stella Gibbons due to its rustic setting and tragic tone. But I liked the story of a woman who has a harelip--a physical deformity which might normally preclude her from romantic overtures, but whose beauty nonetheless shines through and she attracts not just any young man but one who is not only handsome but attractive to many women. I can't help but liking a good 'underdog' sort of story.
But you never know. Let me do a little searching and see what other books I might come up with. Suggestions, you know, are always welcome! I'll report back tomorrow if I find something worth sharing!