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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Reading Women Throughout the Seasons

Sometimes I find it is nice to read a book that somehow reflects the season, or maybe a festival or just the time of year. It’s perhaps in the forefront of my mind as we’ve just slipped into April which makes it the perfect time to re-read The Enchanted April which is just about the happiest book I’ve ever read. Very spring-like. Sometimes I like to read books that are deliberately opposed to the season, like reading books about the Arctic in the height of summer (which, let’s face it, is not very high in UK). Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of a prompt about what to read next, something that feels ‘fitting’.

It’s amazing how many books there are out there which are set in a specific place in time, and I thought it would be nice to share some ideas of books written by women writers that reflect a time or season so if you’re struggling for an idea of what to read next, and want to increase your quota of books written by women, hopefully this might give you a few ideas.

January
The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

February
February by Lisa Moore

March
Middlemarch by George Eliot (so called as it’s the middle of the next March by the time you’ve finished it...but it’s well worth the effort).

April
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin

May
Frost in May by Antonia White

June
Henry and June by Anais Nin (ha ha. Yes, I cheat)

July
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

August
August Folly by Angela Thirkell

September
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

October
A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux

November
Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

December
The Warmest December by Berenice L McFadden

Spring
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Summer
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Summer by Edith Wharton

Autumn
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

Winter
The Winter Book by Tove Jansson (yep, there she is again)

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson (and again)