My intentions for February are to share more thoughts on the books I read than I did in January, and to read from this stack:
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (1988)
- Margaret Atwood's seventh novel and finalist for both the Governor General's Award and the Booker Prize.
Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery (2000)
- since I'm planning to read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I thought I'd read Gourmet Rhapsody first since it is her first novel, and they share a setting. It is the only library book in my pile.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2006)
- recommended by Lucy (Tolstoy Therapy) and Bellezza (Dolce Bellezza). Thank you!
Bear by Marian Engel (1976)
- winner of the Governor General's Award, and a New Canadian Library title.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006)
- my Little Free Library Project find for February.
A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay (2000)
one of my favourite authors (Diane Schoemperlen) says: "Elizabeth Hay
lays bare the perilous power of love and all that we prefer to keep
hidden about ourselves. Unsparing and unsettling, this exceptional
first novel shines." Sounds too intriguing to leave on the shelf!
Letters from a Lady Rancher by Monica Hopkins (1982)
letters home to England written from 1909-1911 by a young woman who
married a rancher and started a new life as a homesteader in the
foothills of southern Alberta (re-read)
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
- it's African-American Literature Month at the Classics Club, so I'm hoping to read this classic by Zora Zeale Hurston
Dust Tracks of a Road by Zora Neale Hurston (1942)
- autobiography of this Harlem Renaissance author.
The Stones of Florence by Mary McCarthy (1956)
- to satisfy the inevitable February wanderlust.
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery (1920)
Elizabeth and I have been working our way through the Anne series.
Rilla is next up, and perfect timing for contemplation of the centenary
of the First World War.
Dear Life by Alice Munro (2012)
- I plan to read a short story collection each month this year. This is my choice for February.
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill (2006)
- Canada Reads Winner 2007; I read a short biography of the author and am fascinated by her!
The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (1945)
winner of both the Governor General's Award and the Prix Femina of
France, a New Canadian Library title, and Gabrielle Roy's first novel
(I'd like to work through them in order).
Génération Filles: Au-delà des limites par Melanie Stewart (1999)
- I want to improve my reading in French so I'm starting easy. Very easy.
Edited to add:
Magyk by Angie Sage (2005)
- recommended by Samantha (A Musical Feast) and already well underway!
I don't really expect to read all these books in one month, but I am really excited about each of them. Have you read any of them? Are there any you would suggest I bump to the top of the pile? This is the first time that I have stated my reading intentions. Usually, I decide what to read next as I finish my current book, so this is a bit of an experiment. Do you set monthly intentions for your reading, or do you play it by ear?