Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2020

Greetings to you all, my fellow bookworms, on this sunny Bank Holiday weekend! I hope this post finds you all well? I have good news to share, which is that the lovely Ali, over at Heavenali, is again hosting her brilliant Daphne du Maurier reading event, next month on their shared birthday week. 🎁

Before we go any further, I have to hold my hands up and admit I have never taking part in this reading event before – shocking, I know, what with me loving du Maurier – however I have long wished to, but just never managed to find the time! No excuse this year, I am currently stuck at home (like many of you) so no time issues, and I thought if I share this sign up post then I am pledged and won’t try to wriggle out of it. πŸ˜…

All you have to do to take part is to read one (or more) of Daphne du Maurier’s wonderful gothic novels; her celebrated, historical non-fictions; or any of her numerous short stories and collections. I know, it is a hard job, but someone’s got to do it! πŸ˜‰ And once you finish, share what you read at Ali’s dedicated review page, during the week of 11th – 17th May, 2020. Simples! If you don’t have a blog to share reviews, then check out Ali’s introduction post, as there are other ways to share.

Now for the really important bit: what am I going to read?! Well fortuitously, I have du Maurier’s debut novel, The Loving Spirit on my to-be-read shelf, so that is a definite for the event I think. However I am also very tempted to go back to where my passion for this author all began and re-read her stunning, fifth novel, Rebecca. That I could neatly, follow up with a re-watch of Hitchcock’s classic film adaptation, Rebecca (1940), which stars the brooding Laurence Olivier and beautiful Joan Fontaine. Sounds like a plan, methinks!

Now over to you: What do you think of my reading plans? Are you tempted to take part in this event, too? If so what are you planning to read?

21 thoughts on “Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2020

  1. A re-read and re-watch of Rebecca sounds great! One of the few cases where I possibly like the film even more than the book, though both are wonderful. Enjoy! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha I can understand that, FF – I think I probably love the book and film equally, which is still rare for me (the only other being Lord of the Rings). πŸ˜ƒ

  2. This is a great challenge! I have been reading her books in order for several years and my next one is The Flight of the Falcon, published in 1965. I look forward to your review of her first novel, if that is the one you choose.

  3. I think it’s wonderful that you’re joining in and I wish you well!

    I’ve read Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, but still have a collection of several other Du Marier stories sitting on my shelf. I won’t go so far as to officially sign up, but perhaps I’ll be inspired to read one of them.

    1. Thank you, Kelly 😊 You have managed to read two of my all-time favourite du Maurier novels! If you’re looking for some inspiration as to what to go for next, my close third all-time favourite du Maurier novel is The House on the Strand (it has a time-travelling twist to it!). 😁

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