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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.

The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

February by Lisa Moore

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).

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin

Frost in May by Antonia White

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

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

August Folly by Angela Thirkell

The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux

Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

The Warmest December by Berenice L McFadden

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

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Summer by Edith Wharton

Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

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

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson (and again)

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