Now that I’m approaching my fourth decade of life, I feel more confident about the choices that I make in life. For example, I know when I enter a Starbucks, to be confronted by a bewildering array of choices, that I am NOT a green tea latte type of person. Most definitely not. For me, it is the subtle aroma of the simple cappuccino, made with a hint of sugar, that gives me pleasure.
Similarly, I have accepted the fact that I will never be the ‘skinny jeans wearing type of gal’ with the permanently furrowed brow. Give me the comfortable boyfriend jeans and I will sink comfortably into my favourite couch, to reach for that reassuring book.
When it comes to book choices too, I have finally reached that beautiful place, when I am able to appreciate in advance, exactly what kind of book I will enjoy reading, even when I have never read a single line written by that author.
Most of them are modern classics, written in and around the twentieth century and deal with stories related to the home and society.
Here in no particular order, are the twelve authors whom I have never read, but I expect (and hope!) will give me many hours of unadulterated reading pleasure in 2016.
1) E.M. Delafield- The Diary of A Provincial Lady
2) Elizabeth Jenkins- The Tortoise and the Hare
3) E.F. Benson- Mapp and Lucia
4) D.E. Stevenson- Mrs Tim of the Regiment or Miss Buncle’s Book
5) Monica Dickens-Mariana
6) Penelope Lively- Consequences
7) Muriel Spark-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
8) Beryl Bainbridge- The Bottle Factory Outing
9) Winifred Holtby- South Riding
10) Barbara Comyns- Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
11) Elizabeth Taylor- Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
12) Josephine They- The Franchise Affair
Please let me know if you enjoy reading these particular authors and which books you have enjoyed reading by them.
Which books do you look forward to reading in 2016?
Here’s to a great year of reading ahead!