Thursday, 2 July 2009
A pile of Persephones!
Firstly, my little misdemeanor from yesterday. Well, I couldn't go to the shop and NOT buy a book. I thought the shop was amazing - it was incredible seeing all of those grey books at once, and stacks of them. It renewed my desire to own the complete set - not a good thing. Anyway, I picked up a copy of Family Roundabout which I read a while ago (it was my first Persephone), but want to read again. I was a bit too shy to talk to the people in the shop but I did ask them about bookmarks, and they let me have 2 free for some of my books missing bookmarks. I'm going to make a list of my books missing bookmarks and order them from them! So I got bookmarks for Every eye and Fortnight in September :)
As I mentioned earlier in the week I planned to read a Persephone each day in celebration of my holidays. It's been good - I've literally just picked the books from the TBRBC at random, and this has produced a good mixture. I'm far too hot to review in depth (and need to start packing for weekend away), so I shall just briefly outline which ones I've read. All of them, with the possible exception of Wednesday's, highly recommended (well, I can't speak for Friday's yet!).
Monday - The blank wall (Elisabeth Saskay Holding) - an extremely gripping mystery/crime story.
Tuesday - Brook Evans (Susan Glaspell) - very good coming of age stories of mother and daughter, set in America. Unpredicatable.
Wednesday - Marjory Fleming (Oriel Malet) -biography of the youngest person ever to appear in the Dictionary of National Biography. Interesting, but didn't hugely warm to the precocious character of Marjory. Bit twee.
Thursday - Princes in the land (Joanna Cannan) - only just started this, set in Oxford, so appropriate for me to be reading while I'm at home.
Friday - The young pretenders (Edith Fowler) - one of the children's stories, so perfect for some lighter whilst on holiday reading!
Unfortunately I've been so busy with catching up that I haven't done much other reading apart from a chick-lit-book, Millie's Fling (by Jill Mansell - fairly innocuous, but just right for before bedtime, and set in Cornwall which seemed appropriate), and finishing off The lost garden by Helen Humphreys, which was really good and I'll be seeking out more by her in due course.
We're off to the beach for two nights tomorrow, so there will be a bit of a blogging but hopefully not reading hiatus. The weather is set to break unfortunately, but it will be so nice to see the sea. I grew up only half an hours drive from the sea, and miss it desperately in land-locked Oxford. Normal service will be resumed after the weekend....