Monday, October 11, 2010

NYRB Reading Week - November 7-13

Mrs B at The Literary Stew has come up with a great idea, the NYRB Reading Week. You can find all the details here. I try not to get involved in too many reading challenges as I find I have enough to do with my 19th century reading group & the occasional group read in my online reading group. I’ve also committed myself to Team Tolstoy at Dovegreyreader where we’re going to be reading War & Peace over the next year, & I enjoyed Persephone Reading Week very much. But, I’m a big fan of the NYRB imprint, & as I have three of their books on the tbr shelves, it won’t involve buying any more books. It's also relatively stress-free. Just read one or more NYRB books & review them on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you can send your review to Mrs B or Honey from Coffeespoons, who's co-hosting the challenge. You can see the three NYRB books I own above.

I think I’m going to read Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson. I’ve never read any of his books but I’ve always loved the title (it’s a quote from Through the Looking Glass) & it’s been sitting on my shelves for a few years now. I need an excuse to take it down & read it. There was also a TV series made of the book with Douglas Hodge, Elizabeth Spriggs & Dorothy Tutin that I vaguely remember. So, if I enjoy the book it may send me off to watch the series again as well. There’s a link to the NYRB website at The Literary Stew, so if you like what you see there or if you have unread NYRBs on your shelves, why not join us?


  1. I am excited that they are hosting this as well. I just counted this morning I have 9 unread NYRBs on my shelf. This will be a fun opportunity to tackle some of those.

  2. Oh, this sounds fun! I have six unread NYRBs plus one from the library, sadly untouched though I meant to finish it for Readathon. (A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr). I love NYRBs! Thanks for posting, I'm definitely in.

  3. Karen, A Month in the Country is one of my favourite books so I hope you get to it one day. There's also a lovely film version with Colin Firth & Kenneth Branagh, made in the 80s before they were famous. Another NYRB has come my way today. I'd ordered Jessica Mitford's Poison Penmanship for my library & today it turned up. I'd forgotten it was a NYRB edition but I may read this for the Week now instead.