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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Planned Reading for November 2015

Hello everybody, and happy November! I hope you enjoyed Halloween (if you celebrate it). We don't celebrate it really. Sometimes we carve some pumpkins, but that's about it. However, I was celebrating yesterday, because I had a training course that I finally finished off. I had been working so hard on it during October, it took up nearly all of my free time. So what did I read last month? Diddly squat :( Well that's not entirely true, I did reread some short stories in the Holidays with Jane Christmas Cheer anthology, but I didn't have enough time to read anything new. A reread I can pick up and put down and just read bits of, unlike a new story.

So, what do I have planned for November? A huge amount of catching up! I am hopeful that I will get chance to read it all, but you know me, I am often overly optimistic! So instead of telling you about all of the infeasible amount that I have planned, I will just highlight a couple of things.

Book cover: Colonel Fitzwilliam and the Countess of Sainte Toulours by Stanley Michael Hurd
One of my reads for this month will be a book focusing on one of my favourite secondary characters, from 'Pride & Prejudice'.  'Colonel Fitzwilliam and the Countess of Sainte Toulours'. Here we will see the Colonel on-duty and abroad. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, which is by an author I've been meaning to read for a long time, Stanley Michael Hurd, the writer of the 3 book 'Darcy's Tale' series showing 'Pride & Prejudice' from Mr Darcy's point of view. Stanley is also kindly offering a giveaway of the book, so look out for that.

Book cover: Longbourn's Songbird by Beau North
I will be taking part in the blog tour for 'Longbourn's Songbird', written by Beau North. This book is 'Pride & Prejudice'-inspired and set in South Carolina, in the late 1940s. I enjoy reading versions set in different periods; often things will either be set in the same time as P&P or in the current day, so it'll be interesting to read one set in a period that I'm not as familiar with.

Book cover: Holidays with Jane Trick or Sweet by various authors
If I have time, I'd like to read the newest 'Holidays with Jane: Trick or Sweet'. If you don't know, this is an anthology. There are six different authors, (Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca M Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey and Kimberley Truesdale) and each one has written a modern short story linked to a different one of Austen's main 6 novels. The 'Trick or Sweet' edition has stories themed around this time of year, Halloween, mainly I think, so it'd be good if I could fit in something seasonal. We'll see how it goes.

I hope you get some good reading in this month. What do you have planned?


9 comments:

  1. very interested in reading the Colonel Fitzwilliam book

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    1. Yes, I haven't read many books focusing on the Colonel, so it was good to read.

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  2. I have Longbourn's Songbird for review. Then I got Holidays With Jane Trick or Treat and Mr. Darcy's Christmas Calendar from sales and won a copy of A Jane Austen Christmas so those will probably be my next reads. Definitely that will keep me busy this month.

    Oh, I do wish to read the Colonel Fitzwilliam book, too. Look forward to your thoughts on that.

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    1. And yay for finishing your training course!!!!

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    2. You are not wrong, Sophia, YAY indeed! Hope you enjoyed all your reading. I read the first short story in Holidays with Jane but didn't get to the others. And since it's a themed anthology now I don't know whether I should keep it till next year!

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  3. Just finished reading Longbourn's Songbird and loved it. I am on to figure out what is next on my reading schedule. Interested in reading Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam book that is posted. I loved the one about the Three Colonels.

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    1. I haven't read the Three Colonels, but I've been meaning to for so long. My poor kindle is just full of gems!

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  4. I definitely plan to read Stanley's book. I loved his Trilogy, Darcy's Tale. And I did read and post a review on Longbourn's Songbird. It had some surprises. And just read The Last Waltz - very poignant! Have to post a review.

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    1. I have The Last Waltz on my wish list, though goodness knows when or if I'll ever get to it!

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