One of the books I bought at Sizergh Castle was by Alexander McCall Smith. It was The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds. I mentioned that I took a novel with me to read on the train, when I went to a writers’ group. This was the one. The recurrent themes of Isabel Dalhousie’s life re-emerged in this book and were all satisfactorily resolved. I finished reading it on the journey home.
Another writer in the group was also reading a book by this author.
I have been a user of public libraries since childhood, although I have to admit that it is high time I revisited my local one. I have not even met the new librarian!
As a result I have read many books and returned them. I reached a point when some books began to seem so familiar, that I realised I had read them before. In November 2006 I began keeping a record of books I had read.
Since then I have written nine titles of books by McCall Smith on my list (which is in three separate notebooks – at the back of my journal).
The Right Attitude to Rain (The Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series)
Espresso Tales (The 44 Scotland Street Series)
The Sunday Philosophers’ Club (The Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
La’s Orchestra Saves the World
The Comfort of Saturdays (The Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
Blue Shoes and Happiness (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series)
The Lost Art of Gratitude (The Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
I know I have read more of the books in all three series. That must have been before I began to keep my list. Unless I forgot to record their titles, of course!
The gentle style of this author really appeals to me, even though it is occasionally soporific. There is always something new to think about and to add to my knowledge and understanding. The books in the series are self-contained, although it might be helpful to read them in the correct order. Other users of public libraries will perhaps agree that reading series in random order is a likely consequence of having to borrow from the available stock.
Have you read any of these books?