On The Bookshelf

I’ve had a rush of book buying the last few weeks. I think it’s my version of squirrel nut-hiding. I’m preparing for Winter. It’s medicinal, really. Lol. Here are some of the books I’ve been enjoying recently:

The Grasmere & Alfoxden Journals – Dorothy Wordsworth – charming, and evocative.

Kilvert’s Diary – Francis Kilvert – intimate, entertaining, completely human.  

Jane & The Stillroom Maid – Stephanie Barron – the only Jane Austen spinoff (and I have read a LOT) that I have ever enjoyed, and enjoyed immensely. Very cleverly written, I look forward to reading the others in the series.

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World – Jennifer Kloester – hugely entertaining for Heyer afficionados.

And one that I did NOT enjoy, in fact only got about 20 pages into before throwing it down in disgust:

Chef’s Tales – Michael Saxon – crude, and quite frankly, unbelievable.

Next to be read is Making Conversation – Christine Longford. I’ll let you know what I think of it.


Things that have been distracting me lately from all the chaos:

On MP3:

Cotillion; Heidi; The Ivory Dagger; At Home In Mitford (not keen on this one so far though)

In books:

The Selected Journals of L.M.Montgomery (all five of them!); The Diary of Mattie Spenser; Alice’s Tulips; India’s Vegentarian Cooking

On TV:

Dragon’s Den; All Creatures Great And Small; 8 Simple Rules; Grand Designs (very comforting to see others’ house disasters)

In Knitting:

I am this close to finishing Flyte. Should be done this week (although it may be some time before I work up the nerve to do the steeks and seaming). I think I’m going to knit Tony the Saddle Shoulder Aran Cardigan next, in some oatmeal Donegal Tweed. Probably. But I may still start Venezia. Haven’t decided yet. Both involve steeks. Eek!

These Is My Words

It’s been a long time since I read a book that was so good that I couldn’t put it down. So it was such a treat to stumble across These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901. An especial treat, because I wasn’t at all well over the weekend, so just lay around on the sofa under a soft quilt, reading and reading and reading. And you know when you are reading a really good book, how you don’t want it to end, even while you are devouring it so fast that you know it will end far too soon? Well this book was just the first in a series of three. So I devoured away, knowing I had plenty more of the treat to come. Really, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Run, don’t walk, to order your own copy.