It is very cold here today and I don't think that the frost is going to lift. I've been out this morning, doing errands, but I'm planning to stay in where it's warm for the rest of the day. Billy has a friend here to play, so I'm hoping that they will amuse each other and leave me some reading time. They have left me a walkie talkie so they can contact me to ask for drinks and snacks if needs be!
At the moment I am reading Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope. I'm reading it for the Back To The Classics Challenge 2012. I'm not very far into it yet, but enjoying it so far. I'm also reading The English Novel by Walter Allen. I love reading about books, and in this book 'the development of the novel is followed from Pilgrim's Progress to James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence.' It's a classic apparently, but I haven't read much literary criticism, so hadn't heard of it before I saw it on ReadItSwapIt. The joy of my new kindle is that when Allen praises a novel I hurry over to Amazon, and if it's available for free I download it there and then. I've got Coningsby and Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli, Peter Simple by Frederick Marryat and Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love. Marryat and Love I've never heard of before. I've heard of Disraeli of course, and knew that he wrote novels, but have never read any of them. Now I just have to find time to read them.