Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anno MMX-Favorite Reads


I've tossed and I've turned and I think I've found my favorite reads for 2010.  Here's the list with the post it inspired and the reasoning:

5.  Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter (and another one)
I'm not one who wanted to run away to the circus as wee lad, but I certainly wanted to run away with this book.  Her prose on a circus travelling through Imperial Russia, were not only gorgeous, but witty and graphic.

4. Down the Garden Path - Beverley Nichols
What can I say?  I love Beverley Nichols, and his descriptions of gardening are extremely accurate and hysterical. 

3. Our Lady of the Flowers - Jean Genet
What a read!  His evocative imagery can rival no one.  A torrid tale written in prison, destroyed, then written again on scrap paper. It also challenged me to dust parts of my brain that haven't been used in years. 

2. The Heir - Vita Sackville-West
A tiny little novella, with an innocent tale of a man inheriting an Elizabethan manor with a flock of peacocks.  Was it profound, moody or life-changing?  Non. But it stuck with me, and I often find myself thinking about it.

1. The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford (and here)
This was the one that started it all.  The year I became obsessed with the Mitfords.  I thankfully have passed this book onto many kin, they all worship me now.  Although, my mother (who loved it) has recently said to me: "If you start a sentence with 'Nancy Mitford' one more time, I'm gonna kill myself."

There you have it!  Next year, I hope to read more wonderful books and will always gladly read and enjoy your recommendations!

9 comments:

The Down East Dilettante said...

LOL @ your mother's remark

victoria thorne said...

i love your mother. please don't start with Nancy anymore. maybe Decca?

the photo is heaven, of course. just as we might imagine it, yes? ;)

Daniel-Halifax said...

She's a real ticket, that one. and I'm thinking of starting with Debo...

little augury said...

I will never mind Nancy and will be at full attention from the slightest whisper of it. pgt

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Daniel, I love Nancy Mitford and Angela Carter is wonderful. You should read Wise Children. Wishing you a very happy New Year. Love Christina xx

Chuck said...

Putting the Nichols and Genet on my to do list.

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