October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.
~Sarah Guillory, Reclaimed
I welcome October with open arms. Bye-bye September’s frenetic pace of starting the year when it still feels like August; hello white pumpkins on coconut twig runners, underneath white wax candles in crystal holders. Hello atmosphere of chill and darkening days, Earl Grey cups of tea, and reading quietly until midnight after everyone has gone to bed.
I’m finishing the fabulous book A Gentleman in Moscow with a review, and a give-away to a U.S. address, this week ahead.
I’m not forgetting about the Japanese Literature Challenge 10, which I myself am hosting; a new arrival concerning poetry landed on my door this week, with a review to come, and I have a read-along planned for December with this book:
A True Novel, by Minae Mizumura, is the winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize. From the back cover, “Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.”
Tomorrow I’m receiving a new student, making my class total that of 29 of the most sociable children I have ever taught in all my years. I’m thinking I may just sit and read-to-self, a pedagogical term if you can believe it, and let them carry on amongst themselves. I don’t think anyone would care, do you?
Please feel free to join in the read along for A True Novel, if you would like. And, Happy October!