Friday, 6 November 2015

The Year in Books - November

This might as well be titled The Weekend in Books... We've escaped the renovations again for a weekend in Holt, returning to the beautiful and cosy Blackbird cottage where we stayed last year. It was booked long before we knew the kitchen work was scheduled for now and it is probably not the best time to go away but on the bright side, there is a washing machine and a cooker... And it is warm and clean! But the weather is awful so think we might be holed up in the cottage for most of the weekend, reading! I've already bought a another new book in the excellent Holt bookshop.


But back to my October Year in Books choice, Emma by Alexander McCall Smith, the retelling of Jane Austen's classic. It was a light easy read, amusing and certainly not too taxing. I'm not entirely sure the manners of Jane Austen's era translate to modern day but I still enjoyed it for what it was. And I'm now thinking that perhaps I ought to read the Jane Austen original.


I also picked up Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris in a charity shop for 50p last month, which I quite happily enjoyed. A bit far fetched and I'm not sure I realised it was a murder mystery/thriller to start with (despite mention of murder in the first chapter!)... And I certainly didn't have a clue about any of the twists and turns that were revealed at the end, but none of that detracted from my enjoyment of the story, which is set out like a chess match between the main characters in a rather old and decaying private school St Oswalds. Joanne Harris spins a good tale in this story of revenge, she writes some excellent characters and there is always a dark and rather sinister under current lurking not far beneath the surface.


And this month I'm reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which I'm already loving. A very powerful fictionalised account of the life of American abolitionist and suffragette, Sarah Grimke told in parallel with the story of her personal slave, Hetty.. I'll report back next month! I've also got a couple of others in my bag if I finish it this weekend, which looking at the rain outside could well happen!

And do you want to see what I've left behind at home...


Still no oven until next Tuesday (fingers crossed) but it is starting to look fabulous... and I'm looking forward to getting back and baking. Just a bit excited really!

Joining in with Laura at Circle of Pine Trees for The Year in Books.

15 comments:

  1. just chill out.Shut the door,pour a glass of wine,Stoke up the fire,pick up your book etc.Sounds like a great weekend!

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  2. Oooh, that new kitchen is looking fabulous Gina! I'll bet you're beside yourself!!!

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  3. You are in good company with all those books for a weekend of gloomy weather. I love Joanne Harris's books but am not sure I have read the one you mention. I have just finished reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and loved it. I'll look out for more titles by her. Enjoy your rest before running amok in your new kitchen.

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  4. Enjoy your weekend Gina!
    Kitchen is looking great.
    V x

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  5. Wow, what a gorgeous kitchen. Enjoy your break!

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  6. OMG, your new kitchen is so beautiful!!!!! I hope that the oven is in soon and that you can start baking up a storm! Enjoy reading in the meantime! xx

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  7. We love Holt. Such a charming place and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Enjoy your weekend. I read 'Gentlemen and Players' a few years ago and remember really enjoying it. Your kitchen is looking great - very exciting indeed!

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  8. I'm sure you'll have a lovely and relaxing weekend, whatever the weather. There's something so wonderful about being away from home and all the chores!

    Your new kitchen is looking GORGEOUS! Not long and they'll be some fabulous baking aromas coming out of it :)

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  9. Lovely Kitchen, what fun you will have when it's done.
    I Might try the Emma book - it'll save me reading the proper one!

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  10. Wow your kitchen looks lovely, looking forward to seeing all the wonderful baking that comes out of it.

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  11. A weekend in a cottage, reading and just relax sounds blissful. I haven't even thought about my book post yet... Your Joanne Harris book is one I might enjoy, I'll add that to my list of books to look for in the shops. I am not surprised you are exited about your kitchen, it looks fab!

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  12. Looking gorgeous Gina. Love the island.

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  13. I think your kitchen is going to be well worth the wait and the angst.

    I didn't complete a single book last month but I have done one so far in November.

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  14. I listened to Gentleman and Players on a CD and was extremely confused about what was happening right up to the last quarter. I did enjoy it though, despite not understanding it until the end. The kitchen is looking gorgeous, lucky you!

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  15. Looking forward to the heads up about the Sue Monk Kidd book. Please tell us what it's like as I think that might be one I'd enjoy. Kitchen looks fabulous. Very stylish and fitting for your new career!

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