The Monkey Princess (stellanova) wrote,
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Gentle readers, I need your literary advice. What shall I read next? I've been in one of those annoying moods all week when you wander around looking at bookshelves unable to decide exactly what you want to read. So now you can help me decide! But first, some background material:

What I am Reading Now
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (I'm re-reading it for umpteenth time since I was 13, and it's still as good as ever)
Jane Runs Away From School by Joanna Lloyd (very funny vintage school story)
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey (Got one of her historical fantasy novels, based on the plots of various fairy tales and set in Edwardian London, for Christmas, and loved it so much I got the other three books in the series straight away. Her "straight fantasy" novels look absolutely godawful, but these are wonderfully entertaining. However, now I am on the last one, and will be craving more in vain very soon)

And now, to the future....
Poll #421796 gimme something to read

which of this pile should I read first?

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (re-read)
2(8.7%)
Middlemarch by George Eliot
5(21.7%)
Northanger Abbey (re-read)
1(4.3%)
The Ready-Made Family by Antonia Forest
6(26.1%)
a book which I will suggest in a comment
6(26.1%)

Bear in mind I'm currently in the mood for:

  • Witty books written between the wars

  • Realistic fantasy novels (no horrible elves or stupid magical worlds ruled by warrior bards, thanks very much)

  • Something funny. My favourite funny writers, should you be unfamiliar with my sense of humour (unlikely, if you're reading this), include Geoffrey Willans, P. G. Wodehouse, Tim Moore, Richmal Crompton, Nancy Mitford, Joe Queenan, E. F. Benson, Meg Cabot and E. M. Delafield.

  • Nothing particularly gritty or disturbing.


Alas, I have read all the books I own which fit these categories far too recently (I am dying to re-read my Dorothy Sayers, but I read them just a couple of months ago and won't enjoy them properly if I read them now. Likewise just about everyone on my "favourite funny writers" list). Help me, readers!
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