'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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January 1, 2016

...and looking forward




Happy new year!

I never really make new year's resolutions, but I do have a few bookish wishes and projects for 2016:.
  • Jane's birthday party for Margery Sharp on January 25.  I'm going to read The Nutmeg Tree, and enjoy the movie again (Julia Misbehaves) that was based on it.  I read the first paragraph when I brought it home from the library; it involves a bathtub, and it promises wonderful things.
  • Reading What Maisie Knew, by Henry James, with friends, in February. Are we still on? :) I hope so.
  • Definitely, joyously, joining in on Ali's #Woolfalong {more on this soon}.
  • This is a very odd segue, but the introduction to the edition of Emma that I was reading mentions that 'In the summer of 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori spent a night telling one another scary stories at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland - a famous night in Romantic literary history, as it was eventually to result in the publication of Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley, as she was by then), in 1818.'  I didn't quite follow the connection the editor was making with Emma (something about 'artificial people'), but I've always wanted to read more about this fascinating literary circle. I have three books about them stacked up...
  • The Classic Club's Women's Literature Challenge {a good way to  get started on my belated list}
  • Taking better advantage of the college library; I know how lucky I am to have this perk, but, I also know I don't use it as much as I could, and there are treasures there for me.  Including Persephones! I've even been making a list of the ones they have {about 35 of them!} so I can search them out. 
As always, it will be lovely to exchange books and bookish thoughts with you in the months ahead.

5 comments:

JoAnn said...

Yes, we're still on! What Maisie Knew is on my kindle (added before the TBR Dare) and on my reading calendar (something new I'm trying this year). Maybe we could all watch the movie together on twitter when we're done. Happy New Year, Audrey :)

Lisa said...

I'll be interested to see what you all think of Maisie. I have almost decided that Henry James is not an author for me - but I also keep thinking maybe I just have read the right book yet.

I am all set for the Margery Sharp party. You all had such fun last year, and I really regretting not being able to join in. (Our libraries have only one MS book, one of the adventurers.)

Frances said...

I also have The Nutmeg Tree lined up for this month, and would not miss Maisie in February! Do we have a Maisie plan by the way? :)And I envy you that library easy access. Quite the job perk. Happy new reading year!

Cosy Books said...

I'm still on for reading 'What Maisie Knew', Audrey. My job transfer started officially on Saturday and two of my friends have lost their husbands to cancer in the past month. Normally, reading is a comfort but peace of mind is at an all-time low at the moment. The read-along is definitely a bright spot and I'm looking forward to the camaraderie!

Vintage Reading said...

I'm fascinated by the life of Mary Shelly. To think she was only 21 when she wrote Frankenstein.

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