Last fall was so nuts that I didn’t read a single book. Or shall I say a single fiction book. But I made up a lot of ground during the holidays, and thought I would catch you up.
I read IF WALLS COULD TALK by Juliet Blackwell, THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE by Krista Davis, HOLIDAY GRIND by Cleo Coyle and DEATH OF AN AMBITIOUS WOMAN by Barbara Ross. I am fans of the Diva series, and the Coffehouse series and these holiday themed books didn’t disappoint. IF WALLS COULD TALK promised to be a good series as well.
DEATH OF AN AMBITIOUS WOMAN is Barbara Ross’s first published novel. It is not a cozy, but more of a traditional mystery. And it is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
Now that I’ve rejoined the reading world I have started Rachel Brady’s DEAD LIFT. I will report back.
Spending time exploring and thinking about Austen challenges, and I came across this: About « Jane Austen Twitter Project. Very interesting idea, and tempting.
For some reason January is always my Jane Austen month. Perhaps it is the post holiday ennui, but I find myself driven to watch DVDs, and challenge myself to read the novels again. Last year was supposed to be my Jane Austen year, but the challenge got off track. This year I am going to try again. And I’m adding a layer.
Austenprose is a Jane Austen blog. (OK, I’ll admit it, I read a couple of Austen blogs and dream of going to Bath.) Since this is the 200th birthday of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, she has posted a S&S Challenge. I’m game,but in exploring the rules, etc. I found that there are several Jane Austen challenges for 2011. The Diary of an Eccentric blog lists several. So, at the end of this first week of January I am going to ponder my options. I will report back this weekend. Perhaps, like the Eccentric, I will chose a couple.
Any suggestions on this front? A SENSE AND SENSIBILITY challenge? The Jane Austen Mystery Challenge (I haven’t read this series, but may try one before I jump in). Or just a general Jane Challenge.
Considering I watched two versions of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and one of EMMA last weekend alone, nevermind the fact that the Colin Firth BluRay PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is on order…perhaps giving a name to my obsession will make it less…obsessive.