This past week I participated in and enjoyed immensely Persephone Reading Week, hosted by Verity and Claire. I read They Were Sisters and A London Child of the 1870s; loved the former and was interested in but didn’t love the latter. I’m now about a third of the way through one of Persephone’s newest books, Still Missing, which is readily available in the US from Harper. So why did I pay about $4 for shipping from the UK? Need I answer that question?
I learned, through the Spring/Summer 2010 Persephone Biannually that arrived at my house yesterday, that the other of Persephone’s Spring titles, Dimanche and Other Stories, was also reprinted by Vintage here in the US this past week (the image above has been reproduced on the US cover as well as that of the Biannually). So it looks as though the Irene Nemirovsky revival continues... I also found to my delight that an excerpt of my review of The Carlyles at Home was spotlighted in the Biannually!
Book shopping continued this week, with the purchase of six more books in the Morland Dynasty series, all of the Dorothy Sayers books I don’t own that Barnes and Noble had (about half a dozen of them), Shinju, by Laura Joh Rowland (the first in the Sano Ichiro mystery series, set in 17th century Edo, or Tokyo), The Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Nightingale Wood, by Stella Gibbon, all of which were bought with leftovers from various giftcards and then some. I seem to buy books faster than I read them, and so my TBR shelves are full to bursting! For the rest of the month I think I’ll try to curb my spending (easier said than done) and actually read!
Today is of course Mother’s Day, and my sister took the train down from New York as a surprise for Mom. Yesterday we had dinner at home and then today were went out to brunch.