'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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August 1, 2010

Reading plans

 I like to make lists. And sometimes my reading seems a little too random, so thinking ahead about what I'm going to be reading next gives me some focus. So...

I'm about halfway through...and I'm enjoying...Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector. (I've been reading it in book form, but I was also able to borrow the audiobook file for my Ipod. So yesterday I stuck my bookmark in Chapter 17 and 'read' the next 20 pages or so while I went for a walk. So techie.

Next, Emma.  It seems like a summer book, and I was rreminded the other day that Persuasion (the next and last book in my project to read and reread Jane Austen, begins in late summer and moves into fall.  So it would be nice to read them in season.

I'm also planning to drive out to the Berkshires to visit one of my favorite places:  The Mount, Edith Wharton's house in Lenox. She might be the next writer I focus on for a while, and I'm looking forward to re-reading The House of Mirth, among others. But first I'd like to read or re-read a biography, because it gives me a grounding in the writer at hand.

And, just for fun, and because so many people enjoy her books and I've never read one, I'm going to read (or listen to) some Georgette Heyer. (Austenprose, and many other bloggers are participating in a group read this month.)  One Regency romance and a mystery, or maybe more.  I also borrowed a book about her -- The Private World of Georgette Heyer,by Jane Aiken Hodge.  It feels like the kind of forgotten book you'd find on someone's shelves when you go to their house for the weekend, so it fits into my summer mood too.

On the more scholarly side, I have Amanda Vickery's Behind Closed Doors:  At Home in Georgian England and Venetia Murray's A Fine Madness:  High Society in Regency England. {Might be just a look and a promise for now, but I'm looking forward to immersing myself in this period some more.}

Oh, and two more books from my library stack, both recommended by book bloggers:  The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins, and The White Garden (a novel about Virginia Woolf), by Stephanie Barron.

Have you read these? What are you reading?

2 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

You have got quite a wonderful reading schedule! I've just started reading The House of Mirth for the first time, so I look forward to reading your thoughts on this, and "visiting" with you her house!

JoAnn said...

I love The Mount and am trying to figure out how to squeeze a visit in later this month - although fall would be beautiful, too. I plan to read Summer later this month, and really need to try Georgette Heyer one of these days, too!

Thank you for visiting!

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