And here we are!
I’ve spent my day in the kitchen, making my vegetarian Christmas dinner to freeze (artichoke and wild mushroom pie) so I don’t get in Our Vicar’s Wife’s way come Christmas Eve. Also made some mince pies (and variants with syrup and with honey as the Carbon Copy doesn’t like mince pies) and something made entirely of cream, chocolate and Baileys. Mmm.
At the end of that, which was great fun, seems right to share 2007’s top reads. I know you’ve thought of little else for the past week…
10. Three Men In A Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
Wonderfully funny, and must read the sequel before too long. More here.
9. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead – Barbara Comyns
Surreal but special – in the 50 Books… here.
8. Watching the English – Kate Fox
Fascinating pop-anthropology about my very own English people. Also in the 50 Books… back when I took much effort over my photgraphs… here.
7. The London Scene – Virginia Woolf
Our friend Ginny has appeared in ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’07. What an accolade for the lass.
6. Cymbeline – William Shakespeare
Not one of his most popular plays, but read the final scene as comedy and you’re away.
5. Speaking of Love – Angela Young
Neighbour to Billybob, Angela! Another 50 Books… entrant; look out for the paperback in 2008.
4. A Winter Book – Tove Jansson
Read it on a beautiful beach – maybe I should give this book a re-read in more wintery temperatures. More here…
3. The Love Child – Edith Olivier
A bit like Miss Hargreaves in that it’s domestic life with a fantasy twist, the protagonist conjures to life an imaginary childhood companion, but power tussels ensue… more on The Love Child soon.
2. One Pair of Hands – Monica Dickens
Been ages that I’d intended to read some Monica Dickens, and what a treat I’d been missing. Makes the fourth 50 Books… this year. So what beat it?
1. The Bible
No, not the first year I read any of the Bible, of course, but I did finish reading it this year. Started with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and ended with “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen”. Not really going to be any competition, is there?