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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Must Post but Pardon! Way Behind

I've fallen terribly behind with my blog writing as sometimes happens in the autumn months. Our prime foliage has passed, leading to a slump in my mood, something that only a bright snowfall can lift! And for that we need to wait for weeks. Just give me some light! Time for candles and the gas fire, and books.

I still fully intend to blog about my enjoyment and enthralled appreciation of The Haunting of Hill House, the 1959 classic by Shirley Jackson. I was supposed to do this on October 1st, and what day is it now? Please don't remind me.

I still haven't written about why A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger is one of my favorite books of 2014. This post is long overdue! If you are leaning toward reading this book, you will not make a mistake by moving forward to read it.

And books in my house as of today: I went to Crandall Library and The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher was on hold for me. Wunderbar! I feel so lucky to have the short story and others in the collection to read this weekend.

Another read for my R.I.P. IX: I'm devouring Tana French's The Secret Place. Very, very worthwhile so far. French has a firm, masterful touch on dialogue and exquisite pacing--and her characterizations show the mark of a dedicated stylist. It's a long book, but I don't mind a bit, yet it might be a while before I complete it as it is a true chunkster.

One very lucky book arrived at my door today! For two years, I have waited for the moment to acquire a copy of The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, published in 2012 by New York University Press. I received this massive, colorful tome at a major discount from a used book sale at the New England Historical Genealogical Society. I paid $40 for a $70 book and it is "Like New." Lucky. I have browsed all through it while cooking dinner tonight and I'm very excited.

So I hope to post more substantial stuff very, very soon!



6 comments:

  1. We all get behind in blogging, but at least you are enjoying your reading. The header photo is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn,
      Yes I am thoroughly enjoying everything I've been reading--to the detriment of other important work and pastimes.
      I managed to get the header photo this fall on a long hike, but many images came out badly. We think my camera lens has problems.
      J.

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  2. Nice to have a round-up of what you've been reading, Judith. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews of ALL the books.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah.
      Do you know my "WannaRead" list is growing by leaps and bounds--many, many times faster than I'm able to read the books I'm dying to consume. It's really beginning to bother me! Especially since I've entered a new decade of my life. Where does the time go?

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  3. Very beautiful top photograph of autumn in the Adirondacks. I look at it often. It's been so long since I've seen fall foliage, not since I went to school in Vermont or rode from New York to Boston or vice versa.

    That red tree is incredible!

    Great you're reading. I am planning to read Tana French's new book soon. And I'm noting down the book about the Irish famine. Never heard of it, but since half my lineage is Irish, I should know more than I do.

    Enjoy reading. Don't worry about anything; just enjoy yourself.

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  4. And, I agree about the number of books that are being published that I can't keep up with. I'm so far behind on my TBR piles and lists that I had to stop worrying about it. I was spending more time bemoaning my lack of rapid reading skills than actually reading.

    Now I'm reading the hilarious The Rosie Project, a bit off my usual crime fiction, but fun.

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