I had a feeling that attempting plan a month’s reading was tempting fate, and sure enough….. a spanner has been well and truly thrown into the works thanks to my OH’s generosity!

OH is not a Book Person (though he does read) – he is a Major Film Buff! However, he has known me long and well enough to know that books as gifts are always a Good Thing. So for our anniversary he has presented me with something I have been coveting for quite a while, a lovely sets of all 16 Dickens novels in matching Vintage covers! What Dickens I have is in tatty mismatched covers and by no means complete, and seeing this lovely set for a very reasonable price in the Book People catalogue has had me pining for it for a while. I rather hoped the couple of hints I dropped would bear fruit, and they did as the books were duly presented, together with a little specially constructed shelf to hold them (which will sit on top of another unit) and some very Miss Havisham muslin pieces “to keep the dust off them”.

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So what to read next? 16 enticing volumes sitting looking at me, crying “Read me”. I knew the July plan was too good to be true….