After the Sunday Papers #10

“She had read novels while other people perused the Sunday papers”
~ Mary Elizabeth Braddon,
The Doctor’s Wife


I can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since my last After the Sunday Papers post! I had intended it to be a weekly feature, looking back on the previous week and forward to the week ahead, but obviously it didn’t work out like that. Today, not having any reviews ready to post and wanting to mention a few book-related events, I decided to revive my Sunday posts and hopefully can make them a more regular feature, if not a weekly one.

Giveaway Blog Hop success!

I was lucky enough to win two books in the recent Literary Giveaway Blog Hop and I received both of them this week. Thanks to Heavenali for the beautiful Penguin English Library edition of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and thanks to The Little Reader Library for The Long Song by Andrea Levy – both books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.

Lymond is back

Annabel of Gaskella is hosting a readalong of The Game of Kings, the first of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. As I’m currently immersed in Dunnett’s other series, The House of Niccolo, I won’t be officially taking part, but to anyone who has been thinking about reading the Lymond Chronicles this could be a good time to start. Annabel has even made a bookmark with the character list, which should be very useful!

Advent with Atwood

Following the success of last year’s Advent with Austen, this year Yvann, Alex, Iris and Ana will be co-hosting Advent with Atwood. The event includes a readalong of The Blind Assassin, but participants can read any book by Margaret Atwood during the month of December. I would like to join in as I’ve never read anything by Atwood before and she’s an author I’ve been meaning to read for years. I have no idea which of her books to start with, so any suggestions are welcome.

That’s all for now – hope you all have a good week!

22 thoughts on “After the Sunday Papers #10

    • Helen says:

      Thanks for the recommendation, Deb. At the moment I think I’m probably going to start with The Handmaid’s Tale but I’ll think about reading that one too.

  1. aartichapati says:

    One of my goals for this holiday season is to perhaps take Dunnett’s King Hereafter down from the shelf and read that one. But it is so big! And Dunnett’s is quite a dense writer. I hear that one is her best, though…

    • Helen says:

      I’ve heard so many good things about King Hereafter! I definitely want to read it but it’s going to have to wait until I’ve finished the House of Niccolo.

  2. Charlie says:

    I’d like to read The Long Song, but never picked up a copy. Very tempted by the Atwood event as my situation there is the same of yours, but yes, which book to choose?

  3. Alex says:

    Thanks for the shout-out on the AwA! My suggestion is to start with The Handmaid’s Tale (her most famous one, relatively short). I didn’t know about the DD read-along. As you know I’m also busy with Niccolo, but will also join by memory when I can. I might even be useful, if I use my Companion books.

  4. Leander says:

    Hello Helen! Highly tempted by the “Game of Kings” read-along, although I think it’s high time that other authors than Dunnett got a look-in on my ‘to be read’ list. 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying Niccolo – I’ve finally finished, so am waiting with great anticipation for your next posts.

    Regarding Atwood, I’d go with Alex and say begin with “The Handmaid’s Tale”. It’s gripping and of course it’s such a modern classic. Plus (if you wanted to make a really tenuous link), the themes of childbirth and hope are rather appropriate for Advent, no?

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I’m still enjoying Niccolo. I noticed you had finished the series but I didn’t want to read your posts until I’ve caught up. My review of The Unicorn Hunt should be ready in the next few days.

  5. gaskella says:

    Thanks for the link. I’m only a few pages in, but think I’m going to love Dunnett. I’m going to see if I can fit in an Atwood too.

    • Helen says:

      This is the first Penguin English Library book I’ve owned but I’d like to add to my collection as they all have such beautiful covers. Thanks for the Atwood recommendation!

  6. heavenali says:

    Really hope you love Far from the Madding Crowd – I just think it’s wonderful. I read the Long Song just after it first came out and really enjoyed it – it is very powerful – although I probably didn’t enjoy it quite as much as A Small Island.

    • Helen says:

      I have high hopes for Far from the Madding Crowd. I’ve loved all the other Hardy books I’ve read (apart from maybe Under the Greenwood Tree), so I’m really looking forward to starting that one. Thanks!

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