The Landing Eight Re-Visited

It has now been at least a year since I began reading through what came to be known as the Landing Eight selection. If you remember, (assuming that you have been with me that long) I picked eight titles at random as a way of starting my challenge to read all of the un-read books on the Landing Book Shelves.  So far so good; but since several other books came my via the library, random acquisition and review copies, at times my Landing Eight sub-challenge has struggled a little. Having said all of that, I can now report that finally I have finished reading the last two books on my list. All that remains for me to do now is to write-up a couple of posts about the books and I can then move on to tackling more of the TBR Pile. And there’s certainly plenty of titles on the shelves for scope!

This was the original Landing Eight list culled from the huge TBR Pile. For my own satisfaction, I’ve crossed off the books that I have read and posted about (there is something greatly rewarding in crossing items off a list; it’s either really therapeutic or very childish and possibly both at once)


The Landing Eight:

A pile of classic novels



The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey (Orange Penguin)

The Frontenac Mystery François Mauriac (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Go-Between L P Hartley (Penguin Classics)

In a Free State V S Naipaul (Orange Penguin)

The Periodic Table Primo Levi (Everyman)

The Diary of a Nobody George & Weedon Grossmith (Guild Publishing)

Murderers and Other Friends John Mortimer (Orange Penguin)

The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan (Orange Penguin)


I will write-up In a Free State next, since I have already flagged this one up, though I became side-tracked by Naipaul’s letter and then one thing led to another. The Frontenac Mystery will follow on from that and then my mini reading challenge will be complete.

At that point I’ll have to decide what to read next. Maybe I’ll have a non-fiction series next.

Any thoughts on a reading method will be gratefully received, just drop them in the comment box! Until next time…happy reading…