I read one new book in February.
12. South Riding by Winifred Holtby.
I’ve wanted to read this for a while largely because of two other books, Testament of Friendship by Vera Britten, which is about the friendship between Vera Britten and Winifred Holtby and Singled Out by Virgina Nicholson, which mentions Winifred Holtby’s books and life in the course of talking about the plight of single women after the war. I really wish I enjoyed it.
Sarah Burton, the heroine of South Riding, is a single woman and proud of it. She is bold and determined. However, I couldn’t stand her and there wasn’t really a character in the book I really felt for and was invested in, in fact I spent most of the book wanting to slap most of the characters and Winifred Holtby. I’ve spent a little while thinking about why my reaction to this book was quite so violent. It could be that I’m just not a fan of books written in that period, it’s very tell, don’t show. When Sarah realises that she’s fallen in love, I don’t see it or understand why because I don’t know enough about Sarah, but Holtby keeps telling me that she is and that it’s hopeless. I ended up not caring about it or her.
I’ve decide to count re-read books in my total so that’s 17 so far in 2011..