December 30th, 2015

hiroshige: foxfires on musashino


The pre- and post-Christmas season is famous for scrambling the time sense. Monday being a holiday has put me a day out in my reckoning all week, even though it was preceded by four days off- but the first two of those don't count because they happened in spring, and the weekend doesn't count because it happened in fall, and Monday turned into winter. Whatever, have now established that it's Wednesday, and there's another four days off before I have to work again.

But it seems that I just did this meme, even though I did it in spring.

What have you just read?
Dick Francis, The Edge and Hilary Mckay, Binny for Short. How pleasant to read about nice people. Francis' protagonist is unusually nice even for a Francis protagonist, and McKay's family- well, McKay also writes problem children (Binny is one, certainly) but in her families there's at least one kind, observant, preternaturally considerate member, and in this one there's two. Non-dysfunctional families, what a treat. And layered characterisation, even more. Not that I'd figured it myself- me, I was wondering if Binny was neurally atypical, with her tendency to go and hide in trees- but Goodreads enlightened me.

What are you reading now?
Still plodding along with Raffles, nearing the end but never getting there. Working my way through Dickinson's City of Gold that turned up unexpectedly from my Hold list, and Jonathan Barnes' The Somnambulist ditto.

What will you read next?
Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School and Dickinson's Merlin Dreams, good winter reading, since winter seems to have started finally.