Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Sunday Salon

Another weekend, come and gone! I spent much of this morning reading Hester, by Margaret Oliphant, and part of this afternoon watching Thelma and Louise (HOW have I never seen this movie before??). I've changed up the layout and background of my blog, too. I also write a review of Few Eggs and no Oranges, which I started reading for Persephone Reading Weekend, but due to its length (590 pages, one of Persephone’s longest reprints, if not the longest) took me most of this past week to read. It’s a fascinating look at an average, middle-aged woman’s life in London during WWII; highly recommended.

Speaking of Persephone, I’ve had a barrage of them arrive at my home this past week; I never received my January book for my subscription, and then it, along with my February and March books, arrived within days of each other. The books I’ve received are The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow, Consequences, and Flush: A Biography. A few Viragos have arrived in the mail this past week, too: Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys, Letters From Egypt (Virago Travellers), The Virago Book of Women Travellers, Myself When Young, The Glass-Blowers, The Three Miss Kings, and The Camomile. I spent about an hour at the Book Trader in Old City and used up credit with:

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain

Hungry Hill, by Daphne Du Maurier

Madame De Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford

Boudica: Dreaming the Bull, by Manda Scott

The Judge, by Rebecca West

The Thining Reed, by Rebecca West

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Whew! That’s a lot. Even just looking at all my unread books is overwhelming. Despite all of that, however, I think my next read will be a re-read of Jane Eyre—another adaptation is coming out on March 11, although, sadly, not in my area (yet). But I’m just dying to see it!


Karenlibrarian said...

I'm listening to an audio of Jane Eyre in the car in anticipation of the film release too -- it's been so long since I read it! I didn't realize it was coming out so soon, I need to hustle and finish it before I go see the movie. And what a lovely bunch of Persephones! It's always like Christmas when I see the fat white envelopes in the mailbox.

Short Story Slore said...

I am excited about Jane Eyre and it's playing at my movie theater one block away! I plan on seeing Cedar Rapids this week and Jane Eyre next. I'm not making time to read it before, but I know I'll crack open that book for a reread after.


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