Wooh! Not only have I committed myself to baking a loaf of bread a week, I am now about to undertake to read a book a month. I just hope it doesn't end in tears!
Anyway, following the mantra of Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, I'm joining in with Laura at Circle of Pine Trees. Details can be found here.
My first book is Maggie O'Farrell's 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox'. I discovered Maggie O'Farrell last summer, when I picked up 'after you'd gone' from an Amnesty second hand book stall. I took it on holiday and sat reading it on the sofa of our Colonsay cottage looking out over the sheep grazing in the field. It had been a while since I'd read a book I'd chosen for myself. The last few had been selected by members of the reading group I'd been attending, none of which I'd particularly taken to, and I'd begun to wonder whether I'd ever truly enjoy a book again. 'after you'd gone' broke the jinx. It's a good thing I was on holiday as it allowed me the hours required to finish it within a couple of days. Whether it was the poetic quality of the prose, the graphic portrayal of loss, or the references to my beloved Edinburgh ... Perhaps, because although I enjoyed 'Instructions for a Heatwave' it didn't grip me with quite the same force. I'm hoping that 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox' with its setting in both Edinburgh and India (where I was born and grew up, admittedly long after the Raj!) will draw me in again.