Filling the Well with Louise Penny and Others


I haven't been keeping up with my ROW80 goals. I still have half a notebook left of Larksong to type up, and I should get back to one of my goals from last spring, which is to read the printout of Captive of the Sea.

Instead of writing, I've been reading!

Here are a few of the books I've been lost in:

Emily of New Moon (and Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest) by L.M. Montgomery

I still haven't visited Prince Edward Island! It's on my long list of places to travel.

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French

Picked this one up at the book fair of the English Library in Geneva. I can't resist a middle grade or young adult novel set in WWI or WWII. This one was very absorbing. Loved the long author's note at the end too, chock full of information.

The Magician by Somerset Maugham

Very eerie. Loosely based on Aleister Crowley.

Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman

This was a book I'd started reading at a friend's house or B'n'B somewhere and I finally got around to getting myself a copy and finishing the story. Not as lighthearted as you might expect, in a good way. I really liked the characters.

The rest of the time I've been lost in the village of Three Pines created by Louise Penny, reading about Inspector Armand Gamache, his team, and the inhabitants of that village. The food! The drinks! The depth of character -- one of those books where the setting is just as much a character as the people. the Eastern Townships region of Quebec (and Quebec City) comes alive, in all four seasons. I've already ordered the last four books in the series and am haunting our mailbox.

Going to feature my year-end Books Read Statistics post soon!

Meanwhile, this weekend is the Fête de l'Escalade, "celebrating the defeat of the surprise attack by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy during the night of 11–12 December 1602". Cauldron of soup (nowadays the cauldrons are mostly made of chocolate) are involved.

I love living in a place with 400-year-old traditions.

What are you reading this week?


Hi Deniz ... you never stop reading or writing do you ... and now you have Emily .. not the books .. t'other little soul. Edward Island will wait for you on the east coast of Canada .. and 400 year old traditions ... bet there are many older ones - fascinating to find them all out.

Congratulations on all the books read and to be read .. cheers Hilary
S.P. Bowers said…
I need to read Louise Penny. I'm hoping for a lot of money for Christmas so I can buy all the books I want.
Romance Reader said…
This sounds to be a good book by Louise Penny. I've never read her so far.
I think a friend just mentioned the Emily books to me a few weeks I'm even more curious!

Plenty of reading - which is good for writing, too! =D

And now I want soup in a chocolate cauldron.
Deniz Bevan said…
Hope you all got some great books at Christmas!

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