February Books Read:
Frost in May by Antonia White (221 pages)
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (178 pages)
Villette by Charlotte Bronte (590 pages)
Mouseguard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson (192 pages)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (343 pages)
My February reading total was 5 books and 1,524 pages. Added to my January reading that's 10 books and 2,888 pages. This means I have 60 books and/or 17, 112 pages left.
With the exception of Mouseguard, all the books I read in February seemed to nicely go together. In fact, even one of the books I gave up on went nicely with all the others. Seredipitously, all the novels (Frost in May, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Villette, I Capture the Castle) centered on women dealing with loneliness. First an overview:
- Frost in May by Antoinia White: This novel follows a young girl -- Nanda Grey -- in a Catholic boarding school. Her protestant background and her family's recent conversion alienates her as does her quiet independence.
- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor: Laura Palfrey has been discarded by her daughter and grandson and lives a lonely life until she meets a young man.
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte: Lucy Snowe is alone in the world; she travels to Villette to teach in a school and falls in love with a professor.
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: Cassandra Mortmain lives in a castle with her eccentric family. When a wealthy family arrives in the village and her older sister, Rose, becomes engaged to the weathly Simon, Cassandra must deal with heart break and disappointment.
I wonder if March will bring the same sort of thematic reading. Interesting how what one thinks is random ends up not being random at all. I'm still pondering what I'd like to read in March. I have several things in mind, but I feel as if a trip to the library is in order!