I spent our snow day at home with my mom; we were basically trapped all weekend, until out snow-blow guy came and got us out this morning. Not a terrible lot of stuff got read, though I did finish The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters last night, and I read about 300 pages in A Hollow Crown over the weekend. On the flip side, though, I did get a number of reviews written, and I participated in Weekly Geeks, where I talked about Helen Hollick. This week I also read Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple; The Unquiet Bones, by Melvin Starr; and Brigid of Kildare, by Heather Terrell (coming out on Tuesday; reviews of all to follow).
Did you hear about the Amtrak train which got stuck in rural Pennsylvania over the weekend? At least the people onboard had things to read!
My mom and I have been watching on DVD the BBC miniseries Cranford, based on the Elizabeth Gaskell book. Both of us loved it so much I went and bought a copy of the novel. Cranford is the story of a small, provincial town and the effect that the modern age has upon it. The story revolves around a group of the town’s spinsters, especially Miss Matty Jenkyns (played in the five-part miniseries by Judy Dench) and her sister Deborah (played by Eileen Atkins). The cast is stellar (it also includes the extraordinarily funny Imelda Staunton as Miss Pole), and the acting is superb. It’s a must-watch, even if you haven’t read the book.
I got to thinking recently about book buying. I do a lot of mine online, especially for some of the rarer stuff (for example, I bought a few Juliet Dymoke books on Amazon Marketplace this week). It’s so easy to buy stuff online, isn’t it? I’m really trying to cut back on the book buying, especially since I have so many unread books lying on my floor (62 at last count), and I buy books faster than I actually read them! I really need to read and review a lot of them before I can buy any more—so that’s going to be something I’m committing myself to from here on out. No more book buying for the rest of February, and I expect you all to hold me to it! Where do you buy your books? And do you have to force yourself to control your spending if your TBR pile gets out of control?