A quick post to say that if you are reading A Suitable Boy along with dovegreyreader and myself, it has begun! You can read my original post here and full information and a post from dovegreyreader herself can be found here. I’ll be posting on my first impressions towards the end of September. Enjoy!
As the nights are beginning to draw in noticeably and the air gets a little sharper, I’ve started to think about Autumn. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might remember that Autumn is my favourite time of year (I wrote this post last year). I love the colour of the trees, the crunch of the leaves, the smell of bonfires and cuddly knits.
Here are a few things that are on my ‘looking forward to’ list for this autumn.
1. Autumn planting of our front garden flower bed.
I am no gardener, but we recently had our drive relaid, shovelled two tons of top soil and now have a flowerbed that looks like this (please excuse the phone photo):
What I had in mind was more this:
So we have some work to do. Apparently Autumn is a good time to plant hydrangeas so we might give it a try.
2. Read A Suitable Boy along with dovegreyreader as described here.
3. Getting the slow cooker out. I have just started receiving veg boxes delivered to my door with lovely seasonal produce tucked inside. I feel like a contestant on MasterChef as I unpack them all and plan what soup / stew / roast I can possibly make with them! I love going out for a cold walk, leaving the slow cooker on and coming back to the most wonderful, homey smells.
4. Craving a cuddly cashmere knit. I think this one would be wonderful.
5. Burning candles again. Nothing beats curling up with a book while a spicy, vanillery (is that a word?!) candle burns after a long, cold day. It is at times like that I really miss my parents’ open fire. My candles will have to do for now, but one day I’d like a wood burner or open fire of my own!
What are you looking forward to this Autumn?
I am going to embark on a reading project over the coming year, lead by the lovely dovegreyreader.
Every year, she chooses a ‘chunkster’ that all bookworms have been meaning to read and splits it into manageable sections over the months. She then leads a discussion about it occasionally on her blog – you can find out more here. I came a little late to the Middlemarch project last year which was a shame, but A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, this year’s choice, is almost as good! I’ve tried to start A Suitable Boy at least twice and always failed. As I’m not entirely sure why I’ve failed and certainly didn’t dislike what I have read, I would still like to complete it and so DGR’s guidance will be invaluable. I’m also looking forward to feeling part of a community for a little while, as reading such a big book on your own can be both daunting and solitary I think. It will be very nice to have people to chat to about it with who are discovering it at the same time!
Will you join us? Or do you have any reading projects of your own this winter?