I hope everyone has a wonderful 2011. You may have noticed that I’ve been fairly quiet over the festive season (and a bit before if we’re being honest). There have been a number of reasons for this: flu, hibernation tendencies, a brief fetish for cross stitching (thanks Kirstie Allsop) and of course, Christmas parties.
The biggest reason though is I’ve been stuck with a completely uninspiring book. I’ve been at it for about two weeks now and I’ve only made it 200 pages through A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book. I’ll save it for the full review for you to have a breakdown of it, but it’s really dragging and has even managed to make me disinclined to write reviews of some other books I’d read before this.
On the bright side though, I’m looking forward to getting started on some books I received in December. I had my birthday as well as Christmas in that month, and my family passed on a few books as well. I managed to avoid any celebrity biographies/autobiographies which was nice (an amusing breakdown of the genre from Eva Wiseman here) in fact my older sister, most likely to be guilty of gifting such a crime, gave me some YA fallen angel fictions that I’d fancied on my last visit to her house. I’m on a mission to finish the bloody Children’s Book before I start on What The Dickens? the only book my father got me for Christmas this year, but it looks just the ticket.
When I make it through my unread book pile (which has grown considerably during the Byatt lull) I also have a Waterstones voucher from my boyfriend’s mother which I am sure I will enjoy spending 🙂