Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Sunday Salon

A good chunk of this weekend was spent visiting a good friend, who lives in Virginia. It was mostly good: we went to see a concert of a favorite band of ours, and then on Saturday we went to the Richmond Museum of Art to see the traveling Picasso exhibition, which was fantastic. The only thing that really married the weekend was the fact that my friend had to deal with a family emergency, necessitating him leaving at 2:30 am. But otherwise, I had a lot of fun.

I’m a little too exhausted, and lazy, to really do a Sunday Salon post, so I’m taking this meme from Simon:

1. The book I’m currently reading:

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer. Set in 1930s Paris, this is the story of a young Jewish Hungarian man who comes to Paris to study architecture—and falls in love with an older woman. About halfway through right now, and it gets to WWII, the book promises to get much darker.

2. The last book I finished:

The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by EM Delafield. This is the Virago Omnibus edition, and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a mix of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, and Henrietta’s War. The book had me laughing out loud in many, many places, and I loved how the Provincial Lady is a reader, too.

3. The next book I want to read:

I’ve got a bunch of Persephones on my to be read shelves that are begging to be read: how about There Were No Windows? Or Flush? Or The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow? Or Consequences (also an EM Delafield)? Or The Winds of Heaven?

4. The last book I bought:

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer, bought at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia right before I boarded the train to go down to Virginia on Friday.

5. The last book I was given:

Technically, The Winds of Heaven, which is a part of the Persephone subscription I received for Christmas from my mom.

1 comment:

StuckInABook said...

Thanks for joining in! How lovely to read Provincial Lady for the first time. I think DE Stevenson must have been familiar with it when she wrote Mrs. Tim, as it is so similar - but Delafield is even better :) Consequences is very, very different - but good. Very sad.


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