Just as I seem to catch up with life, get on top of things, start to feel in control... then life seems to catch up with me and it all becomes a bit of a roller coaster. It's been a crazy week on all sorts of levels so far, but there is still time to catch a few moments to read most days.
I finished my March choice for The Year in Books, Bitter Greens early in the month and I absolutely loved it, finding it a fascinating mixture of fiction and fact. It tells the story of Charlotte Rose de Caumont de la Force who was a French novelist and Poet in the court of Louis XIV. She was best known for her story Persinette which was then adapted by the Brothers Grimm as the story of Rapunzel. Woven into Kate Forsyth's tale of the scandelous life of Charlotte Rose is also a retelling of the story of Rapunzel along with the story of La Strega Bella, the woman who holds her captive. An excellent read!
My choice for April was going to be Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but as seems to have been my habit so far this year, it was started and finished before April began. I found this a strange and enchanting book filled with magic and illusion, that kept me turning the pages until late into the night... and then I couldn't wait to pick it up again each morning. Different from my usual choice of read but utterly compelling.
And so I have chosen another book to read in April... Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott, recommended by several of you and one that I'm really enjoying... I've almost finished that too.
It just so happens that we had a meeting of our other book club this week... The Mucky Book Club... named because of a rather risque book chosen by one of our members not long after we first formed and were still trying to think of a name for ourselves. We are all still keen readers but we don't really read the same books or even discuss books much any longer. We are really just a group of friends who get together for an evening of good food and lots of laughter every few months. This week we had an Italian evening...
My contribution was a chocolate tiramisu cake...
At this point of the evening the conversation came to a stop... I've never known them all so quiet!
Have you read any good books... or eaten any good cakes... this month?