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I wish my current reads could fit into one neat pile but a single pile would be topplingly perilous and an endangerment to cats and small children!


Oh, but this is just one(!) was so embarrassing to show the whole night table that I tried to whittle down the books I am trying to finish reading first (which is sort of a laugh since every morning at breakfast I bring a couple of books with me I want to read to peruse while I eat my oatmeal). I don't know what my problem is this year--how (in the past) could I read and blog and stitch and seem to get so much done and now I start things and then never finish? So the books look neat and tidy, but you should see the rest of my bedroom! (So nice to hear from you Liz--what are you reading these days, by the way?).


Once a month would probably see more change, but if I know you, the piles won't be any smaller :).


That Meg Wolitzer book really stands out with that cover doesn't it? It is her book right?


I was looking through my shelves to find books by an author my daughter was wanting to read as she was coming back for her brother's wedding and along with those titles ended up with a pile of other books, many of which I had completely forgotten I even possessed. The little table on the landing is now completely covered in stacks of volumes just waiting to be chosen while there seems to be a book in progress in every other room in the house which get picked up and put down according to my reading whim! If only I had nothing else to do but read!
I have just finished The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne which I have been finding hard to put down and thoroughly recommend. As well as that I am hurrying to finish Rachel Malik's Miss Boston & Miss Hargreaves (another one I think you would like as it is set in wartime England) and loving Ruth Pavey's memoir A Wood of One's Own about creating woodland in an abandoned orchard in the Somerset Levels ( the area Stephen Moss lives in as it happens).

I had a good reading month in April and especially loved The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor which is loosely based on events around the apparent photos of fairies taken by two young girls in WW1 Yorkshire which became a real sensation; The Hoarder by Jess Kidd which is every bit as quirky and fascinating as her first book Himself and Mary Lynn Bracht's brilliantly moving White Chrysanthemum about the Korean women taken by the Japanese in the years before and during WW2 which I think I heard about from you.
All very different but each kept me captivated and I would heartily recommend them all.


Yes, I think I might do a monthly update picture as one week in between is not enough time to make a dent in the stack (and then just makes me feel overwhelmed. Maybe I'll do that!


That cover is very attention getting. I actually managed to finish it (shocking since I am so slow) in time for the book club and ended up enjoying it very much!


Is it terrible that I write about books I *want* to read but then don't but am so glad you picked it up and enjoyed it--the Bracht book, which is still on my wishlist. I often go looking for a particular book and then end up with four or five--my book room is downstairs and my bedroom upstairs and there is this continual migration between floors of books! Almost always new purchases end up in my bedroom until they threaten to take over and then I have to clean up the piles and move some down to the book room!
I am hoping that May will be a good month for finishing for me--I am determined to try and clean things up a little. I saw the Malik book on a prize list and was intrigued so ordered it. And I keep seeing mention of The Marsh King's daughter so will add that to mu wishlist. I was wondering about the Gaynor. I have not read her but while the time period is right up my alley the idea of fairies seemed almost too fey for me, but now I will reconsider. The other books are new to me so I am off to look them up (and if they are in paper or not too expensive in cloth....likely will end up buying--or trying to find at the library....).


The Cottingley Secret isn't as fey as you might think but it is a lovely read. I think one of my great aunts had some connection with the real story although I have no idea what but she certainly used to say she had seen fairies at the bottom of her garden much to her sister's (my grandmother's) scorn.


Now I am curious. I saw it at the bookstore last time I was there so will pull it from the shelves on my next trip and take a better look at it!

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