Saturday, October 5, 2019


It's year book club time again and this year it's 1930. This semi-annual club is hosted at Stuck in a Book and Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings; the idea is participants read books set in the given year and blog about them; it gives a fun overall picture of the year in question. Naturally I used this as an excuse to pile up books:

We've got some large, medium, and small choices there. The first volume of The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil and Holbrook Jackson's The Anatomy of Bibliomania count as large; J. B. Priestly's Angel Pavement, which looks bigger than it is, and Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes are my mediums; and the shorties are Margery Allingham's Mystery Mile and P. G. Wodehouse's story collection Very Good, Jeeves.

The pile is aspirational, of course,... 😉and, in particular, I'm unlikely to read both the larges. I'm tempted by Musil, which was the subject of a series of great blog posts at the Bookbinder's Daughter, but it would be a reread for me. The appeal--to me--of a book titled The Anatomy of Bibliomania is not hard to figure out, and, well, I've already started it.

Also, because I feel like I should deprecate rereads at the moment, Miss Marple, Ellery Queen, Sam Spade, Charlie Chan, and Simon Templar all stayed on their shelves. But I read Enter The Saint recently enough that I do have a blog post for it.

Thanks to Simon and Kaggsy for hosting!

Which look good to you?


  1. This would be a fun challenge for the Classics Club, I think. We might have to choose a decade (or even a century) but it might be fun to compare books published at the same time.

    1. It would! I'll bet some decade in the 1900s could get a lot of takers. (And me, too...)

  2. They all look equally good to me since I've read none! I do intend to read some Wooster and Jeeves someday and I have a bind up of three novels but all three were published over 30 years too late to count.

    I might participate if I can read As I Lay Dying in time. I don't know. Faulkner isn't easy. But it is on the Modern Library 20th century list so I have to read it sometime anyway.

    1. You should read As I Lay Dying! I read it a few years ago when I was going to Mississippi for work, and I thought it would, uh, put me in the right mood for the state? Anyway, I liked it, and I found it easier than Sound and the Fury or Absalom, Absalom, and it's shorter, too, I think. (I still have Light in August to go...)