Well, now that Katrina's Fall Challenge is over, I don't have much of a list to stick to (not that I completely stuck to my Fall list, although I did pretty well). I also don't have a lot of review copies just sitting and waiting for me to read, so I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to read.
I am a Mitford fan, but I've had a hard time saying goodbye, so I waited months (maybe even years!) before reading the final installment in Jan Karon's series. When Home to Holly Springs came out as the first book in the Father Tim series, I was glad that it wasn't going to truly end, but I didn't jump right in for some reason. A friend gave it to me for Christmas, and I think I'll be reading it this month.
Speaking of series that I drag out unnecessarily for some absurd reason, I think I need to read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6). It's been on my nightstand a while, but I want to be able to finish it up when book 7 comes out in trade paperback this spring. As an aside, this book has been "on my nightstand/bookshelf" so long, that I realized that I have TWO copies of it!
I've also started another Christmas book that I hope to stick with: The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 3) by Madeleine L'Engle who is just lovely. Reading these books is like sitting down for a chat with an older mentor wife. I loved the first one, A Circle of Quiet, but I got a bit bogged down in the second one, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, so I wasn't really compelled to keep reading. So I'm especially glad that my friend bought me this one and that I decided to just start reading, in spite of the fact that I don't think I finished the second one. Isn't it a lovely book? That matters to me -- how a book looks, and I love having these on my nightstand.
In fact, one reason I delayed starting Karon's latest series is because I love the look and feel of the trade paperbacks. The same goes for not switching to Harry Potter hardcovers, although these paperbacks are becoming a little worse for the wear, with Amanda having read the first few twice and me having read them once. A thick softcover book doesn't hold up too well to being read, BUT a thick hardcover is giant and heavy, so I'm still not sure where I stand on all this. I did recently review the 10th anniversary edition of the first book , and I got a review copy, so I might continue collecting those in hardcover as each novel hits its milestone year, because they have a similar look to my beloved trade paperbacks.
There are a couple of review copies that I want to read soon:
This One Is Mine: A Novel by Maria Semple
And of course a memoir Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
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