A selection of words and pictures to represent September’s reading:
a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
‘What credulous creatures we are, really. We believe evidence as though it were gospel truth. And what is it really? Only the impression conveyed to the mind by the senses – and suppose they’re the wrong impressions?’
“So it will go,” Merriman said. “He will have a sweet picture of the Dark to attract him, as men so often do, and beside it he will set all the demands of the Light, which are heavy and always will be.”
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)
She couldn’t decide if she was flattered or insulted. ‘It’s because he remembers so much more than the others. I sometimes think that age is based more on what you’ve done and what you remember than how old you are.’
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (2010)
Conscience? It struck me like a blow from a hunting whip, fine and cutting. What was conscience? A jackdaw, picking up one shiny object, then discarding it for another, whatever would suit the occasion. Or haphazardly collecting one bright stone after another, until it had a whole array of glittering trivia in its nest.
Leon Kryder had replied with an exposition of the greater burden of conformity to socially sanctioned behaviour patterns that American adolescents have to bear. Although the individual has a great deal of freedom, it is only freedom to enjoy the same sort of freedom as everybody else of that age and that group.
‘Why wait?’ Bullmer shrugged. ‘One thing I’ve learned in business – now almost always is the right time. What feels like prudence is almost invariably cowardice – and someone else gets in there before you.’
The truth is not so simple, I thought. The truth is that I am a man, from the soles of my feet to the top of my head. I have a man’s thoughts and a man’s desires. And yet, if you were to look at my skin, Mr Whitford, heaven forbid, you would think I was female. That would be your truth. Whose truth is more important, do you think: yours or mine?
The Anarchists’ Club by Alex Reeve (2019)
You spend months stalking a problem that constantly escapes. Then cover more ground in half a second than your brain can comprehend.
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (1989)
Favourite books read in September:
The Anarchists’ Club and The Dark is Rising
New authors read in September:
Countries visited in my September reading:
England, Norway, Italy (Ancient Rome), the Realm of the Elderlings
Have you read any of these books? Which books did you enjoy in September?