Happy 1st February! We are one step closer to Spring weather and sunnier evenings.
This morning I went on a little walk to my local library to pick up some books for the month of February. If you haven’t read my previous post about not buying books this year, you can check it out here but, essentially, I am only reading books I already own / books I can take out of the library.
So here’s what I’ve decided to try and read this month!
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
I’ve always seen this book advertised on Amazon and, as a lover of historical fiction, I thought it would be the perfect read for me. I don’t know much about it but the blurb tells me it is set between Peru and London in 1859. The story centres around a dangerous expedition to retrieve a special tree that yields a treatment for malaria. It will be interesting to read a historical fiction book not solely set in London and I’m looking forward to the adventure this book is sure to offer!
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
Another read from the MacLehose Press translated books. I read one of these last month and absolutely loved it. This one is translated from French and is about a librarian who finds out that someone has been locked in the library overnight. It’s a short book featuring a one-way conversation about the arts and books. I’m hoping this is going to be very short and snappy, as well as inspirational.
The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
I read my first Maigret mystery book during the Christmas period and really enjoyed it. This is another mystery book set in a French seaside town and has Maigret following the murder of a local wine merchant. I found the other Maigret book quick and easy to read, as well as enjoyable and full of lots of twists and turns. I’m looking to forward to reading more of Georges Simenon’s work!
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
I said that 2020 would be the year that I dedicated more time to reading Charles Dickens and I wasn’t able to do that in January. This month I’ve decided to read Pickwick Papers, Dickens’ first published work and “widely regarded as one of the major classics of comic writing in English”. This book was originally serialised in monthly installments and reached dizzying heigths of popularity with sales reaching 40,000 before the final number.
Othello by William Shakespeare
I recently read Bookish Luna’s 2020 Shakespeare Challenge blog post and decided that I don’t read enough Shakespeare, potentially because I find it quite intimidating. The February Shakespeare book is Othello which just happens to be my favourite Shakespeare work, having studied it a few times during my school years. If any book is going to get me back into the swing of reading Shakespeare it’s going to be Othello. I’m looking forward to joining in on the challenge!
Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons edited by Melissa Harrison
I’m just too excited for Spring to arrive and I’m really hoping this book is going to put me in the mood for that sunshine peeking through the clouds, April showers, and the first buds of Spring appearing. This collection features a variety of prose and poetry focusing on the transformations that occur around us in nature during the Spring months. I have read the Winter version of this a couple of years ago and really loved the mixture of different formats and different topics.
The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Brontë
This is a Penguin Little Black Classics version of some of Emily Brontë’s poetry. The blurb says they focus onthemes of death, nature’s beauty and the passage of time. I’ve never read any of Emily Brontë’s poetry before so I’m looking forward to understanding more of her personality and her story through her poetry.
What are you planning on reading in February?
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx