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Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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Did you really like Saplings? I have opted for Miss Buncle as lighter is more appealing to my mood just now than serious, but I really do want to read it. I have never read any of her books, though I think she is a much loved author. Pretty much every Persephone (certainly that I have on hand) sounds really good to me.
I have picked up Saplings SO many times as it really appeals to me, but for just that reason, it being a sad story, has made me always think--next time. So, once again, it is waiting while I read Miss Buncle. Maybe it will be my next Persephone read after this one!
Yay, Miss Buncle is in my bookbag even now. I have a feeling it is going to be one of those, why didn't I read this sooner, books!
Hi Jessie, thanks so much for organizing this and giving a little nudge to pick up a Persephone sooner rather than later. I am all for charming AND funny so Miss Buncle it is!
I was already leaning that way, but three "loves" means it must be up my alley. Especially if it is one you would reread!
Here's my (long-yay) weekend reading pile. I am hoping to (finally) finish the Susan Hill book of essays. I have been meandering my way through, but I think I am ready to finish the last few essays. It was last... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Work in Progress
He is worth looking for. I bet your library will have a copy or there might well be used copies floating around as I think he was quite popular in the day! Dogs are pretty happy to be with anyone happy to be with them. Cats are discerning--so you obviously are high quality company! :)
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Teaser Tuesday: Merry Hall at A Work in Progress
Yeah, book groups can be really good, but they can also be off-putting if the discussions turn combative. I want my enjoyment or appreciation for a book to be enhanced or broadened but not ruined. It should be fun not frustrating! Glad to hear you liked The Room on Rue Amelie--I am not far in but I like it so far!
It has been ages since I was in a book club and you are right--it is nice being in a diverse group as we all have different interests and reactions to the book. I am hoping it will help me read a little out of my comfort zone.
I get one show and you get the other. We should be able to swap when we are done! I am sure you will get Little Women at some point--I have to catch up on the second episode. Maybe I will watch it at the gym...but not to read at the gym. Oh my!
I really loved Wicked. It was great fun. There were a few scenes that might have been a little scary for kids--loud bangs and confetti coming out of a dragon's mouth! I want to read the book now, but someone said it is quite different from the musical. It was sensory overload with the royal wedding, but it was beautiful and they had perfect weather! I love podcasts but never fit in as many as I want. I hope you are well--sorry I have been rather quiet via email--I have lots of catching up to do!
I haven't had a chance to watch the second episode yet. Which adaptation is your favorite? When you have a favorite in mind new adaptations often pale in comparison--I know how that goes!
I don't know why I am so hung up about reading books in order, but especially with mysteries I feel like I am going to miss something otherwise. I have heard so many good things about her I really have to pick one up soon. I loved Little Women when I was little too, and enjoyed it as a reread, but the story got pretty preachy for me somewhere halfway through. I am sure I never picked up on it as a kid, but it was not so appealing as an adult. I don't regret rereading it though!
I did have a good weekend last week--this one will be much quieter but that is okay--I hope to get in some good reading time over the long weekend. I feel very behind in the world of books, too!
I hope she writes more in the series as I really like the characters!
I tend to shy away from readathons and readalongs in general as I am hopeless at actually achieving the goal of reading straight through for 24 hours or in a timely manner if it is a weeklong or monthlong event.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Work in Progress
When I first started reading Jessie Greengrass's Sight I was so impressed that I was hoping if nothing else it would make it to the shortlist of the Women's Prize for Fiction, which happily it has. The novel is unusual... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Work in Progress
This memoir from 1963, Coronet Among the Weeds, is kind of crazy. It was written by Charlotte Bingham when she was only twenty looking back at her (and at twenty not so very far back) debutante years. Charlotte Bingham has... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Work in Progress
Sage Westfield, Rebecca Alexander's protagonist in the recently released A Baby's Bones reminds me of Alaskan sleuth Kate Shugak. I was first introduced to Kate last fall. I'm not sure what it is about Sage, and maybe it is only... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Work in Progress
Did you catch the first episode of Little Women on PBS's Masterpiece Theater? I had the time wrong so only caught the last few minutes of the first episode but thank goodness for streaming media as I was able to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at A Work in Progress
I think I only mentioned it in passing, but earlier this month I went to the inaugural B&N Book Club (because everyone it seems, even celebrities, has a book club these days). Their selection was Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persausion,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at A Work in Progress
Sold! ;) Especially as the description mentions his 'exquisite prose'! I am such a pushover when it comes to books.... (I am sure I will like him, too!).
Toggle Commented May 17, 2018 on May Prompt: House and Garden at A Work in Progress
Well, I know how that goes only TOO well. I am sure I have loads of books on my shelves by authors I 'should' have read by now but never seemed to get around to. I am looking forward to this--I hope it is as good as I am expecting. And I really really should read Anne Tyler this year...
I'm not sure how I missed him, but I don't recall ever coming across his name. I have already ILLd a couple of his other books. I had no idea he was paired with Elizabeth Jane Howard (and I read a memoir by her and I am sure she must have mentioned him so weird that his name never stuck). I am, however, moving oh so slowly on my short stories so far. The NYRB subscription will be a nice little treat to keep in mind.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2018 on May NYRB: Compulsory Games at A Work in Progress
I think you will really enjoy this as you like nature books and there is lots about the gardens--more about the gardens than the house and One and Four make many appearances!
Toggle Commented May 17, 2018 on Teaser Tuesday: Merry Hall at A Work in Progress