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A Suitable Book

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!


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Autumn is coming…

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):

Flowerbed in desperate need of planting!

Flowerbed in desperate need of planting!

What I had in mind was more this:

Hydrangeas, courtesy of WikiCommons and Raul654

Hydrangeas, courtesy of WikiCommons and Raul654

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?


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A Suitable Boy Bookathon

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!

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, courtesy of Harper Collins

Will you join us? Or do you have any reading projects of your own this winter?