Writers Read and Top Ten Castles

I love discovering what other writers are reading, so I was pleased when my attention was drawn to Writers Read, a blog that asks authors to discuss what they’ve been reading recently. After only a few minutes of looking through this blog, I’d added three titles to my ‘List of Books That I Must Track Down Because They Sound Really Interesting’. As if I don’t already have enough books awaiting my reading attention. (Disclaimer: I may possibly be one of the authors featured on the blog this month.)

Also, as I can never get enough of castles, I was happy to find this list of the Ten Best Castles in Literature, and in particular, to see Udolpho mentioned. The Mysteries of Udolpho remains the only book that has ever made me miss my train station due to paying too much attention to the story and not enough to the scene outside the train window. This list also reminds me that I’ve been meaning to read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series for years. Perhaps I’ll get around to it once I’ve finished this book I’m trying to write (which, by a remarkable coincidence, also contains a castle . . . or at least, a fortified house).

2 thoughts on “Writers Read and Top Ten Castles”

  1. Good luck with Gormenghast. I enjoyed some of my Peake reading but some of it is so very spiteful, crumbly and twisted (the castle and the characters). Just finished reading Howl’s Moving Castle to my kids and that was a distinct and unexpected character-castle.
    (Found your blog via a search on Cazalet characters. I just finished The Light Years and loved it.)

    1. Hmm, it sounds as though one needs to be in just the right mood to tackle Peake’s books. I haven’t read Howl’s Moving Castle, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and its author [adds another book to reading list].

      The Light Years is great, isn’t it? I love Clary and Miss Milliment.

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