Monday, 12 March 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I am still making my way through Possession at the moment, and I am enjoying it.

It's not a page turner, but it is holding my interest. It is all about poets and libraries, lost letters and scholars. It is the story of  Maud Bailey and Roland Michell and their search for information about two poets, Raymond Henry Ash and Christobel La Motte. The study of the poets' work is paramount, but those parts of the book often read like a critical essay, so I find myself more taken by the story of the scholars than the story of the poets themselves.

In fact it is a little slow moving, and I can't believe I actually Googled the plot summary, because I couldn't wait for the book to tell me the 'tragedy' in their lives that the book's blurb told me was coming!
Not usually my style, but there was a part of me that just wanted to cut to the chase. I still like the writing though, so I will continue to read on. Also, I think it is genius that Byatt invented two literary poets and their works, along with other works from the Victorian era. Incredible author! 

Next on my reading list is a book, I thrifted on the weekend, called One More Time, by Damien Leith of Australian Idol fame. Good on him for being multi-talented.

His book looks and sounds like the Alchemist, and is a bit of an interlude before I start another big book, The Mists of Avalon.

I'm linking up with Sheila's Book Journey to see what my bookish friends are reading this week!



  1. I loved the Mists of Avalon series. But then, I love all of that Arthurian/Camelot times.

    At the moment I am reading The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. It's a beautiful story so far, and I'm quite enjoying it. It's not a nailbiter or one you just can't put down but it's still got plenty of things happening to keep you turning the pages.

  2. I can't believe you looked up the plot summary of Possession! Are you sure you want to finish the book. I sometimes get really annoyed when a book lasts and lasts. But I can also appreciate good writing, and that can be quite slow to read. Good luck with finishing the book!

    The Mists of Avalon is a quick read if I remember well.

  3. Looks like a good week! Enjoy! I had to giggle about Googling the plot, but that sounds like something I might do.

    And thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. it looks like at least you're not overwhelmed with deadlines for book reviews so you can take your time! i have difficulty having slow moving reads - end up putting them down until i can recharge my interest! googling the plot was cool :)
    enjoy your week...

  5. I have googled plot summaries before. It was either that or I wasn't going to be able to continue reading the novel:)

  6. A.S. Byatt's novels sound so interesting! I haven't had the chance to read one yet, but I did really enjoy her short story collection.

  7. I'll be interested to see what you think of Damien Leiths novel, I haven't seen any reviews of it.

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  8. I read Mists of Avalon ages ago... at Girl Scout camp.

    My goal is to finish Angelology. Please come see what else I'm reading.


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