Thursday, 5 August 2010

Rather good reads!

My reading has lapsed and I'm not happy about it!
No excuses... apart from too few hours in the day!
These gorgeous reads are by my chair; some read completely, some half read and some not yet started.

I'm a huge Persephone books fan and I recently bought the books directly above and below.

'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding' by Julia Strachey


' Saplings' by Noel Streatfeild

I'm looking forward to getting stuck into those!

My two old favourites , which I have read many times are these two vintage Puffin books:

'The Children who lived in a Barn', by Eleanor Graham


'Moonfleet' by J.Meade Falkner

Not yet started...

'Mariana' by Monica Dickens

But only because I keep reading this again and again and again....

The best things in life are the simple ones:

'The Fortnight in September' by R.C. Sheriff

... my top choice should I ever need to take one book only, to that desert island!

I just wish it had a pretty bucket and spade cover!

Hopefully, I will have that fortnight in September to read...

' Little Boy Lost', by Marghanita Laski

And then there's Miss Pettigrew!

Well what can you say about her?! This book is a must!

'Miss Pettigrew lives for a day', by Winifred Watson


'Someone at a distance', by Dorothy Whipple

Well this book made me cry but only because it reflects a little part of my own life...and so I have only read it the once.

'A London Child of the 1870s' by Molly Hughes

...another autumn pleasure, methinks!

I keep dipping into this one...

And oh dear...I shall be struck down..Nich's book, I am only half way please don't go on another journey yet!! I need to catch up!

So that's my autumn reading sorted out!

How about yours?

Moving on...I am giving Cornwall a go...

I am off to Portscatho for the Homespun Fair, this Sunday!

I'll be there with my vintage fabrics etc and so

do come and say hello ,if you can!

Happy Thursday!



kirsty said...

I know how you feel - never get time to read these days! Thanks for visiting my little blog... look forward to meeting you on Sunday!

Anonymous said...

"I just wish it had a pretty bucket and spade cover!" There's a rather dull-looking book on sale in T#sco at the moment - 'The Beach Hut' - with which you get a free Beach Hut patterned little tote bag.....:) Love your reading list!

Abby / Vintage TeaTime

Linda Gilbert said...

Sal, all that planning makes me tired to think about it
Good Luck at the Fair

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

HI Sal
I have just finished Jamaica Inn again, I read it quite often when I haven't been down your way for a while (I secretly think that I was Mary Yellan or Dona St Columb [Frenchman's Creek next to be read again] in a previous life).
Have a great time in Cornwall - you lucky thing.
T x

Louise said...

I visited Porthscatho just last week - I do need to plan my holidays better - to think I could have nudged it forward and nipped off to the fair!
I do love Persephone books too and have read a dozen or so and none have dissapointed ... I'm trying not to read them too quickly else what will I do then (I suppose I would read them all again).
Have a lovely time in Cornwall x

KC'sCourt! said...

Moonfleet is one of my favourite books too, another favourite book is Lucy M. Bostnns - Children of Green Knowe.
Another Fair I wish I could get along to, never mind one day!
Julie xxxxxx

Twiggy said...

I've started getting a couple of library books each month and I'm trying things that I probably wouldn't buy. I've had some fab ones so far. One of my own faves that I return to again and again is Mr Golightly's Holiday - such a lovely story.
Twiggy x

galant said...

Love Persephone books - have bought them since they were first published, ten years ago, but don't have any of the illustrated covers.
To KC's Court: there is a feature on Lucy Boston and the Manor at Hemingford Grey in the current (Sept) issue of Period Living. Five pages plus a special offer on the book The Patchwork of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston.

Country Cottage Chic said...

So many books & so little time! I have a few of the same books you do plus a growing pile next to my bed still waiting to be read.


galant said...

Hope you won't mind my adding a PS. The 1950s Home is one of a lovely series from Shire Books ( Shire were bought by Osprey Books a couple or so years ago and I did think that they might be modernized out of all recognition, but they have been updated in the very smartest of ways. There is also a new series, Shire Living Histories (I have Restoration England which has been written by Peter Furtado who is a past Editor of History Today, the 'serious' history magazine) and also there are large format Shire books, too, now, on English Furniture by John Bly, British Poreclain by John Sandon, a lovely book The British Seaside Holiday by Kathryn Ferry and others. I hope this doesn't sound too much like an advert for Shire; I'm just a total Shire enthusiast! The books have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1962! I especially love, in their Living Histories series, 1920s Britain and 1930s Britain. Yippee for Shire Books!
Margaret P

frayedattheedge said...

Oh my - I've never read any of these books - I've never even heard of them! Obviously a large part of my literary education has been neglected!!

LissyLou said...

the children who lived in the barn sounds like my kind of read, and i'm a fan of noel streatfield too...happy reading!

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

I never seem to get enough time to read either! I have half a dozen books on my bookshelf, giving me their 'come hither'
look. Then I notice there's a pile of ironing, or the clutter bunny that lives here has left stuff on the stairs. (It must be the clutter bunny, as there's only me that lives here - and I'm sure it's not me that puts stuff down everywhere!)SueXXX

The Vintage Knitter said...

I'm a big Persephone fan too and can recommend the Mollie Panter-Downes short stories.

Also, thank you for the fabric - I received them today and they're lovely.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh yes... I know what you mean about being a lapsed reader. I have a similar pile of books next to my bedside that just gather dust but hardly get read.
I loved loved loved 'A fortnight in September' and 'The Children who lived in a Barn'. Wonderful classics that live on an on!
Taking my book to Portscatho this weekend.. but hopefully we will be too busy to read. See you there!

dosierosie said...

I don't read much and never have but the covers on some of those books are wonderfull and might make me have a look at them. I do like Noel Streatfield's Ballet shoes, one of my favourites from childhood.

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Oh indeed do I miss my reading. Never have the time now but its still a treat to look at books even if I never read them. I love the artwork on these books Sal. Hope you had a great weekend

Anonymous said...

The Children who lived in a barn was THE book of my childhood - I just loved it so so much. I tried to track it down but never could until a couple of years ago - Persephone published it. I ordered it and I have to say it was as wonderful as I rembered it being - just a joy from start to finish. (I love books from my childhood that I finally mange to find - Clover by Susan Coolidge who wrote the What Katy did books is another much enjoyed favourite). Seeing your Puffin copy on your blog is just wonderful as this is the exact same version I had out endlessly from my primary school library. I am going to try and track this version down.Can't wait to read some of the Persephone's you have there too; Saplings for starters I think. Both myself and my daughter really loved Mariana.