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Howards End Is On The Landing: A Year Of Reading From Home (2009)

by Susan Hill(Favorite Author)
3.66 of 5 Votes: 3
1846682657 (ISBN13: 9781846682650)
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review 1: First, I’ll expose my ignorance: I had never read any of Susan Hill’s other books, although, according to the biography in the front of this volume, she has been an author for over fifty years, and has written thirty-seven books. In fact, I’m even more ignorant than that: I had never heard of Susan Hill. Of course, I’m now adding some of her books to my to-read list, and I’m also adding many of the books she discusses in these essays as well. All of us who are voracious readers and collectors of piles of books say to ourselves now and then, “I’m not buying any more books until I read all that are on my shelves now!” Susan Hill did just that, and wrote about it, for a full year. On my shelves, I’ve been accumulating (through Paperback Swap) any of the... more books on my to-read list that I can’t find at the library. Recently, I did a quick survey and found well over 100 unread books, stashed on the shelf in my bedroom, on the games shelves behind the computer room door, and on the shelf near the tv. There’s a big pile of Gerald Durrell books – an author I love – and I haven’t read half of them. Another shelf, this one, in the front room, has almost everything Bill Bryson has ever written, and I’ve only read three or four of them, all of which delighted me. And we aren’t even getting into the old friends that I haven’t re-read in years and years. This, from someone who checks out a half dozen or so books from the library every week! Perhaps I’ll do my own “reading from home” scheme in 2015.
review 2: Just Finished (26) - Howard's End is on the Landing by Susan Hill (author of the super-creepy play 'The Woman in Black, made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe'. Why do I keep reading books about reading books? Hill writes about her year spent reading books in her own library, interspersed with asides about various famous writers she has met through the years, including T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forester and more. I'm intrigued by her exercise and may consider it my Big Project for 2015. Lord knows I have plenty of books on my shelves which have never been read for one reasoner another and plenty more which should be revisited. less
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An interesting book in parts, but some chapters were a little tedious.
A lovely introduction to some new authors for me!
The first half is lovely!
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