1. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
2. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
3. Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
4. Regeneration by Pat Barker
5. The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson
6. M Is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
7. The War Poems by Wilfred Owen
8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Not only did I read three titles off of the 1001 List, this month I felt so inspired by what I read. I love it when reading does that for me, opens new windows to other subjects and authors.
Fingersmith, What I Loved and The Chocolate Run inspired me to read other books by Sarah Waters, Siri Hustvedt and Dorothy Koomson (also known as my new favourite authors). Regeneration led to me to read war poetry (something I'd never done before) and also to take an interest in other war narratives, like Cold Mountain. Neil Gaiman has had a special spot in my heart for awhile, and I'm currently making my way through American Gods. And Saffy's Angel and Tuck Everlasting made me want to go and search for all of my old children's books 'tucked' away in the loft, list them here (coming soon!) and reread them all. Find other books I missed as a child.
What's in store next month? I hope to finish American Gods. Carry on with the Regeneration Trilogy and finish The Eye In the Door and The Ghost Road by Pat Barker. I've recieved quite a few books via a bookswap site, a giveaway and one actual purchase. I'm still debating whether or not to just dive right into those or not? Books include: The Body Artist by Don DeLillo, Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey, Unless by Carol Shields, Matrimony by Joshua Henkin and Looking For Alaska by John Green. I'd love to read all of these but my library obsession is taking over my life.
I feel giddy. Inspiration. What a beautiful word.