Don’t tell anyone.
I’m sitting down to write a blog post and I want to see if I can complete it without interruption by pets, children, car accidents up the street, ringing telephones, and various and sundry other things.
Summer has been busy and full of all sorts of interruptions which have precluded my having any sort of regular work schedule. Why this surprises me, I don’t know. Aside from the usual activities of family and home, I’ve been researching and writing a detailed description on the best and most interesting book I’ve ever bought or sold in my (admittedly very brief) career as a bookseller. (More about this later.) I’ve also been reading and taking notes on books like Bamber Gascoigne’s How to Identify Prints in preparation for my upcoming trip to University of Virginia for Rare Book School. I’ve been cataloguing new acquisitions for September and October’s book fairs, and I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a certain catalogue that I started (gulp!) nearly two years ago. At home, we have five birthdays to celebrate in the month of July in our family this year and I am helping to give one baby shower right after I return from Virginia. Combine this with grocery shopping, laundry, and trying to squeeze in some fun activities with Tom and Huck while they are off school, and you will see why I have had so little time for blogging lately. At least all of these various events and activities are fun, but I do wish I had more time to blog with a bit more attention to detail.
I’ve considered moving my office from my dining room to an “undisclosed location” so I could get some work done, but my life would be so much less exciting.
At last, here is my summer reading list. Aside from Gascoigne’s How to Identify Prints, I’m reading very lightweight, very fun books this year. The list below is only a list — it’s doesn’t mean that I will actually complete said list by the end of summer. In fact, it’s quite possible that with all of the other excitement around here that summer’s reading list will become autumn’s. In any case, I’m trying to read at least a little bit each night, and, left to my own devices, would read some books straight through if I could.
First, from my favorite British publisher of forgotten books by female authors, Persephone Books:
The Making of a Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Family Roundabout, by Richmal Crompton
The Home-Maker, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (it’s been on my list since spring, lol!)
Next, a book recommended to me by a reader of this blog because of my newfound love for female British novelists:
Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym
Next, a book I recently finished reading:
Winston’s War: A Novel of Conspiracy, by Michael Dobbs (interesting fictional take on the ascendancy of Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II. Plenty of real-life characters involved.)
Next, a book recommended to me by one of my brothers, with his cautionary email message that reads, “OK, I just read a book that I normally would never recommend to you given it is an action-thriller type book and I don’t think that is your style. [ed. note — which begs the question, what does he think is my style?] However, this book involves lots of Thomas Jefferson references and there is even an antiquarian book conference and a 1st edition Don Quixote! Book is a decent read, but it is no classic.” The book is:
The Last Patriot, by Brad Thor. Will I think it is a worthwhile read? Who knows? It sounds like one of those novels people buy in airports. Maybe I’ll read it on the flight to Virginia?
Finally, to satisfy the Laura Ingalls Wilder pioneer girl in me, I am planning to read:
The Backyard Homestead, by Carleen Madigan. The Backyard Homestead tells those of us with small suburban lots how to eat from our backyard garden year-round with fresh vegetables and homemade preserves, make omelets from eggs laid by your own chickens, and pick fruits and berries from your back door. Will I actually do any of these things? Given my current schedule, probably not, but a girl can dream!
That’s all for now.
See you in the stacks!