Quiet days, soft nights

One of the best things about Christmas, after the tree and the lights, is the lull after Christmas: how quiet it is, how slow. How lovely to hide away in a burrow, lined with moss and cushioned with leaves.
But in the absence of a burrow, there is bed, and a big pile of books beside it, to read my way through:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Iliad by Homer (Robert Fagles transl)
Decreation by Anne Carson
Vox by Anne Carson
How Plays Work by David Edgar
The Secret Life of Plays by Steve Waters
The Invisibles: A tale of the Eunuchs of India by Zia Jaffrey
The Ninjas by Jane Yeh
The Emperor of All Maladies: a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Tea at The Midland and other stories by David Constantine
And the books I want to get:
Archipelago by Monique Roffey
The Boxer by Eduardo Halfon
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

In a piece Jeannette Winterson wrote for the Guardian a few years ago, entitled ‘Why I adore the night’, about winter dark, and the importance of dream time, she says:

The night allows this dream time, and the heavier, thicker dark of winter gives us a chance to dream a little while we are awake – a kind of reverie or meditation, the constellation of slowness, silence and darkness that sits under the winter stars.

One Response to Quiet days, soft nights

  1. Shazea Quraishi says:

    I’m thinking I need to finish some of these books before beginning new books… but some are longer, slower reads, so is it realistic? One has to be in the right mood to read a biography of cancer. And I am trying not to be intimidated by the Iliad but I am still on page 80 – which is only the 3rd page of Book One (after a long introduction I haven’t read yet).

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