I call these posts the in-shelf because I visualise my acquisitions in their new abode on colour-coordinated shelves. Truth be told my shelves are full and the reading room floor is now one extended bookcase.  I must do something about this soon. The shelves have been chosen, just not purchased and I suspect my reading room will end up looking eerily similar to  Claire’s corner.  As you can see, I already have the navy blue and cream colour scheme!

In the meantime, let’s concentrate on September’s in-shelf (aka pile on the floor).  A baker’s dozen comprising of 8 non-fiction titles, 2 translated fiction (1 Russian, 1 Spanish), 1 Irish novel (William Trevor, The Children of Dynmouth), and 1 thriller in which my muse  Lizzie Siddal makes an appearance (Fiona Mountain, Pale as The Dead).  This leaves Stuart Kelly’s The Book of Lost Books.  I don’t know how to categorise this as it is a discussion of books that have never been written.  Non-fictional fiction, perhaps?  Sounds fascinating. 

I’m not sure how many of these will be read in October because I have not one but two literary festivals to attend. First up, North Lanarkshire Libraries Words festival, running throughout October and all events are free! The highlight for me, this year, will be joining Richard Holloway for a discussion on To Kill A Mockingbird.  To re-read or not to re-read, that is the question.

I’m also going to attend the Lancaster Literary Festival, which has tempted me back to my home county for the first time in 7 years.  Saturday 23rd October is devoted to the short story.  

I am still deciding whether to read the new Oxford edition of War and Peace or the Pevear and Volokhonsksy translation because, of course, I’m joining in the Dovegreyread readathon.   I think I might read Book One Part One from the Oxford, Book One Part Two from the P&V and so on until I determine which is my favourite. 

My plans for Stevenson in September October may well extend into November. 

The life of a bookworm is a busy one ……

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