"Some people say life is the thing, but I prefer reading"
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Monday, April 9, 2012
I'm on holidays for the next two weeks & I'm looking forward to some pottering, a little gardening, some organisation of recipes & photos, a little walking & lots of reading.
I finally joined Library Thing last week & I'm addicted. I've known about LT for ages but didn't think I had time to start cataloguing my books when I should be reading, reading about books, reading blogs about books & blogging about books! I've taken the plunge because I have this fortnight off & I'd like to get my tbr shelves on LT so I have an idea of what's there. Also, handling all the books may prompt me to read a few of them. So far I have all my Persephones & about 350 other books on there & I haven't even scratched the surface. I also know I won't be able to stop until all my books are on LT. I'd like to know exactly how many books I have.
I also have several books sent to me for review that I'm very much looking forward to. One of them is a novel about Edith Cavell called Fatal Decision by Terri Arthur. Terri contacted me after reading my review of Diana Souhami's biography of Cavell & has kindly sent me an ePub copy for review.
I'll also be reading some Muriel Spark in anticipation of Muriel Spark Reading Week which is coming up in just a fortnight. I've chosen her book on Emily Brontё. I read it many years ago but I'll be interested to see what Spark has to say.
I'm enjoying the autumn flowering of my roses after a disappointing display in the summer. I have a very large tree in the front garden & I didn't realise how much it would overshadow the rose garden. The tree has never been as lush & beautiful as it has this last year after all those years of drought & I'm afraid the rose garden didn't get enough light. Now that the sun is lower in the sky & the tree is losing its leaves, the roses have had a growth spurt & all of them, including Abby's Best Friend rose are full of buds & blossoms. I'll have to have the tree pretty severely pruned in a few months to give the roses a better chance next summer.
Remember the saga of the cat beds? Well, I bought Lucky a cat futon on Saturday, rubbed it on her blanket to get her scent (& cat hairs as you can see if you look closely) & waited to see what would happen. You can see how special this futon is. It does everything & it's environmentally friendly as well.
I saw Lucky on the futon several times over the weekend but couldn't get a photo until this morning. I was very happy until I saw Phoebe on the futon not long after! I just hope her scent doesn't put Lucky off & why didn't Lucky's scent put Phoebe off? I've never seen either of them resting or sleeping in a place where the other has been until now. How many beds does one cat need? The back porch could be littered with cat beds, futons, hammocks, chaise longues etc if this goes on much longer. I'll keep you posted on developments.
I'm an avid reader who loves middlebrow fiction, 19th century novels, WWI & WWII literature, Golden Age mysteries & history. Other interests include listening to classical music, drinking tea, baking cakes, planning my rose garden & enjoying the antics of my cats, Lucky & Phoebe. Contact me at lynabby16AThotmailDOTcom
Margaret Finds a Future - Mabel Esther Allan The American Senator - Anthony Trollope Heat Lightning - Helen Hull The Children of Henry VIII - John Guy Miss Pym Disposes - Josephine Tey
The Secret Rooms - Catherine Bailey An Unsuitable Attachment - Barbara Pym
The Time by the Sea - Ronald Blythe Life After Life - Kate Atkinson Serving Victoria - Kate Hubbard A Country Life - Roy Strong The Morville Hours - Katherine Swift Sylvester - Georgette Heyer City of the Mind - Penelope Lively
Georgette Heyer - Jennifer Kloester Millions Like Us - Jenny Hartley The Scots Kitchen - F M McNeill The Land of Green Ginger - Winifred Holtby
The Rector & The Doctor's Family - Margaret Oliphant Book of English Food - Arabella Boxer Oxford Ransom - Veronica Stallwood Wicked Women of Tudor England - Retha M Warnicke Westwood - Stella Gibbons Bertie - Jane Ridley (audio)