Blitz anniversaries – Or seasonal reading?

Happy New Year!!! A brief snow respite (at least, though there’s still some scraps out there from November) means Daughter is having some driving practice with Son One (eek) Here’s to a successful Test on Friday.

Last year’s reading is disappearing into memory, and I am taking the line that I have reviewed those books I liked and didn’t even finish the books that I hated. Guilt is about to raise its ugly head about tomorrow’s Book Group; postponement and cancellation meant missing out on discussing the interesting Lark Rise to Candleford and I think I was meant to read a bit of a memoir that I think was going to become miserable, so I have wimped out of that. Bad Joules! Will go along and flannel, perhaps having found a review or two. Here’s hoping for a cheerier tome next time…

On the credit side, I lost count in December having read at least 115 books last year. I had a look at a real live Kindle over New Year. Husband has generously offered to buy me one… when I finish reading every book in this house. As I had a box and a half (at least) of books over Christmas, and my last year’s mania has resulted in books stored on every available surface, I do not expect this offer to be redeemed soon. Oh well. On the plus side, this blog has meant a few more books being bought for Kindles, so keep on reading!

Over the holiday period I have read some lighter books, but today’s book is perhaps less than cheerful. The Blitz – The British Under Attack by Juliet Gardiner.

I have read Gardiner’s Wartime and enjoyed it greatly. Husband and I went along to her lecture at Newcastle University, and found her to be a very interesting speaker. So yes, we did buy and get signed a copy of this book and The Thirties. More of the latter when I have finished it – it is a huge book…

This book is a very interesting, if disturbing read. There are terrible stories of the death and destruction which occurred during this time, both in London and the many cities also bombed. I was especially interested in the destruction of Coventry as recounted here, being a native of that city. This book is also disturbing as a picture of the organisational chaos of various localities which did mean the homeless and bereft had to struggle with further challenges. This is a very readable book, enjoyable in an historically accurate sort of very, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the period, or social history in an extreme setting. It is a challenging read rather than a light one, but worthwhile if only for the stories of immense bravery, planning and ability to cope. It does move along once begun, and has not got the sticky points of The Thirties. Well worth tackling, in any format available to you, even if unsigned…

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