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Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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Hooray for long weekends, and I think I have earned this one! It has been crazy-busy at my job and I am ready for some much needed rest and relaxation. On my current reads pile I have four books I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Work in Progress
Oh wow, that sounds like a really good book--even if you haven't yet read it, the description sounds right up my alley and I might just have to get it. I also came across a children's book called Seven Little Australians that sounds pretty delightful, which I might also try and get my hands on. I need to at least watch the first Phryne mystery. She is an interesting character--at least with the book, I get the feeling you either love her or are put off by her. And I am sure I would love the costumes, too. Part of why I love the books (the two I have read....) is how stylish she is--a fantasy life for me, but that is part of the fun of reading. Thanks for the suggestion and I ordered The Dry as it is discounted 40% now and I had a gift card--I try and avoid hardcovers, but I have heard so many good things I decided to splurge!
What a wonderful little store. I love those types of places that every nook and cranny is filled--they have serious personality--much more preferable over cookie cutter type places. And you know the people who run them are the most knowledgeable, too. I am getting inspired to start my own little button jar or box now! I only sew the most basic little things when I finish a needlework piece (and it has been ages since I have done that of late). I take it the little store is gone now? And how cool that you transformed a button into a pin--those are always the nicest pieces of jewelry--that have a story attached to them!
Yes, I have a nice handful now of favorite heroines (you can add Mary Russell to that list, too, and I was just looking at the next Russell/Holmes mystery this morning...). I had to go look for the Mawer book--it is the UK edition and yes, it looks very similar indeed. I like both covers. He is another author I mean to get back to. I loved The Glass Room and have both of those Marian Sutro books on my reading pile! By the way Cath, I owe you an email and a card or two--hopefully I can at least get caught up on my correspondence this weekend! I am thinking of all my virtual friends even if I seem (and feel) very absent at the moment. Work has been crazy, but I am *finally* seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
You do like a good challenge! I love biographies and that certainly looks like one you can sink you teeth into! It looks chock full of really interesting history. I am not at all surprised he was so...umm...formidable?! She downplays his rudeness in the novel, but I am not surprised he was difficult to work for!
I am reading the latest Maisie Dobbs right now as a matter of fact. Actually I have a library copy that is due this weekend, but....I may have to return it just a few days late. It reads fast, though, and I like the story so I enjoying my time reading it (just several books calling my attention at the moment it seems....). This would make a perfect companion read---I seem to be gravitating towards these sorts of stories and I also (oops) just picked up the new Rhys Bowen book (or at least fairly new in paper) In Farleigh Field which is quite promising so far--just a chapter or two in. Good thing we have a long weekend ahead.... And yes, the Button Box is a must read, too!
She is very likable, I agree. I am never sure if I am happy or not when I find a new series that has several books already published. Good as there is lots to look forward to, but more books for my already too tall TBR pile, too. I will never get them all read! ;)
I don't know why I waited so long--much like you I guess--just not sure, but I quite enjoyed it and plan on reading the rest now, too. I also really like Sara Sheridan's books featuring Mirabelle Bevan which are set post-WWII in Brighton. Also worth looking out for if you like this period and sort of book!
When a friend told me several years back that I should really try the Maggie Hope books by Susan Elia MacNeal, that I would really like them, I should have listened to her. But, better late than never, and now... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Work in Progress
I keep finding more and more books by Australian authors on my shelves. More than I realized I had. I only wish I had more space for my books so they could be sorted a bit better even though there are so many. It would be a huge undertaking and I know that eventually I want to sell my house and it sort of stresses me out to think of what I will have to do to fit into a smaller space (though my books are actually in a fairly small room--not all over the house). I plan on starting a crime novel by Patricial Carlon as soon as I finish the mystery I have on the go right now (have you ever read Julia Wallis Martin? I am very much enjoying A Likeness in Stone--it is very like Ruth Rendell or Minette Walters!) and I am itching to start Picnic at Hanging Rock, too. Greedy (I am nearly finished with several books if I can just persevere). I have not yet gotten a copy of Rabbit Proof Fence (am hoping to find a library copy), but purely by chance, as I was looking for something else, I found my copy of Ship of Brides, which I thought was either lost or that I didn't actually own. Hmm, now that you mention Roger Deakin (and I DO want to read that book), I wonder if there are any good nature books by Australian authors (probably a silly question really--just need to look--but I am trying to concentrate on what I already own).
I do as well. It's interesting as I am so familiar with British lit and I expect Australian lit to be very similar, but really it isn't! Louisa is actually a very cool character and I am looking forward to getting into the story.
I like buttons, too--I love the idea of this book--to talk about the world from something as small and seemingly unimportant as a button! She had a great idea and the book, so far, is very interesting. I bet I could start a jar of my own buttons as I have lots of lonely singles all over--in drawers and boxes! It is nice when you find cool stores like that, but I agree--better not to visit them too often!
I love the Little House books and I remember that scene now that you mention it. The paperback is a very nice, compact edition and I am thoroughly enjoying it--so glad it crossed my path again. If you have any good suggestions for similar social history titles, do share! :)
When it comes to nonfiction, I think next to memoirs, social history is my very favorite type of book to read. Especially if it has to do with women's history. I think it was Buried in Print who first mentioned... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Work in Progress
I don't think I have read many either so it seemed a perfect literary destination. I am looking forward to getting back to Phyrne. I might even watch some of the TV episodes. It's only a pity my traveling this year will be only of the armchair variety!
I feel very similarly to how she did, so it was really interesting to read the book. I could not have read something like this in my 20s, but I totally appreciate a memoir like this (and maybe I don't find it so awfully frightening maybe) now that I am older. I do think it is good to read books like this on occasion. I might not seek them out, but maybe will try and find one to read each year.
I don't read these sorts of books often either, it just happened to come across my desk and piqued my curiosity. I am glad it did! It was sad without being overwhelmingly so!
I think you will like it very much. I was impressed by the tone and style. It is sad, but she never asks the reader to feel pity, if you know what I mean. It is also a fairly slender book and very accessible. You'll have to let me know what you think when you get to it.
Honestly I was a little shocked, too. Nothing really happened but if I was a young woman and a family friend's father came into my room I would feel as awful as Lata did. And of course she couldn't even tell anyone--I am not sure her mother would have believed her--sadly. I am excited about the BBC production, too, and can't wait to see what the cast looks like. It will be fun to have images in mind as I finish reading.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on A Suitable boy: Part 9 at A Work in Progress
She wrote pulpy short stories and fiction that she published under a pen name in order to help support her family--though LW was so popular and the very moralistic tone was also to appeased publishers and the general public--considering the place and time. But I think it was the more scandalous works she preferred writing. You will have to look for A Long Fatal Love Chase--that will give you a taste of her other side! I know I have The Blue Castle, though heaven knows where it is. Are you going to watch the new TV adaptation? I am curious about Handmaid's Tale--I am not sure if I can see it streaming or can only see it on a subscription channel, but I will watch it at some point--I am glad to hear your daughter liked it!
As weird as it sounds and I wouldn't want all my reads to be like this, I sort of like that unsettling aspect of the book. It makes for interesting-going. I was so excited about getting the book and now I feel like I need to finish something and start that as as a reward, but part of me wants to go now and pick it up and join you!
If Emma Cline's short story, "Los Angeles", is anything to go by, I think Granta #139 is going to be a pleasure to read my way through. It certainly brings me another step closer to a real splurge and just... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Work in Progress
I have started reading the Granta collection, which I think is going to be really good if the first story is anything to go by. I hope I can write about it (and am reading one of the stories now from the link I shared) tonight....or more likely in a day or two.
I think she is interesting, too. I like that she worked as a nurse (for a while anyway) during the Civil War. I read a book about the Bloomsbury set ages ago. She was truly a 'working woman' like we think of authors in the 20th century, though I think a lot of Victorian women did the same thing--having to support children (and sometimes husbands, too!). I think I am going to have to get on the list for the Harper book--everyone seems to love it!
Did he play Charles? I thought it was interesting, though I suspect I won't go back and watch it again or finish watching however many episodes are left. I am not much of a TV viewer. I think I prefer LMA's more scandalous writing, though I like the first part of Little Women very much I have only seen the Winona Ryder version of the movie--should try and see the earlier one, too. It seems like such a holiday movie to me--maybe because the cover of the DVD has a snowy scene. (Silly, I know). I will check out Rain Dogs--but I always like reading mysteries in order--and this causes no end of problems for me as I am so slow--then they simply go unread. I need to get over reading things in order, but sometimes it works much better that way.