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Teresa

Oh, I constantly feel that weight, but it's a pleasant weight, most of the time.

I'm happy to hear that Sourcebooks is reissuing the Morland books. I've already mooched UK editions of most of the set and haven't been keeping them, so I don't need them, but I'd love to see them get a wider audience, and Sourcebooks has been great at getting Heyer out there.

Lyn

I think you'll enjoy the Poldark books Dani. I read them many years ago but they are wonderful historical family sagas, very addictive. There's also a TV series that was made back in the 70s with Robin Ellis & Angharad Rees that was very popular in its day & has been released on DVD in the UK & Australia so mayve in the US too? I'll also be interested to hear what you think of Elizabeth Jolley. The trilogy you have is considered her best work & has autobiographical elements, but I think my favourites are the quirkier books like The Newspaper of Claremont Street & Mr Scobie's Riddle. She was born in the UK but emigrated to Western Australia with her husband. I saw her several times at writers festivals. She had a sweet little old lady persona that hid a very sharp, satirical mind.

Danielle

Teresa--I've had rotten luck lately when it comes to mooching. That's cool you've been able to get so many second hand. I got mine from the now defunct Common Reader catalog. They were selling the (then) 25 volumes as a set for a special price, so I took advantage of it. I really need to get back to those books and get reading again. Sourcebooks seems to be publishing some good historical fiction, which is nice to see.
Lyn--I've been wanting to read the Poldark series for years and was excited when I spotted the book on Amazon. I will have to see if my library has the series, too. I think the next few are already scheduled to be published in the spring. I had never heard of Elizabeth Jolley before, but when the book appeared in the mail it seemed such a perfect fit for what I like to read. I will look up her other books as well--the library where I work might even have older editions of them--I'm sometimes surprised by the goodies I find that I had no idea we owned! I like sharp satirical writing--maybe a little Barbara Pym-ish? In any case I can't wait to start reading.

Danielle

Lyn--Just checked--my library doesn't have any of her books, but another library on another campus in the university system has several--including The Newspaper of Claremont Street!

Tiina

I remember watching the Ross Poldark TV-series as a child & liking it a lot. I then also read the books.
And now I'm sooo tempted to buy the Reading Woman calender! :)

Greetings,
Tiina

Rachel

I feel the weight constantly. I am not buying any books in 2010 and am going to get rid of ones I have bought and am never going to read. I hope to feel a lot lighter from January onwards with the pressure to read so many tottering piles reduced!

Lindymc

In my opinion, Elizabeth Chadwick is one of the BEST historical fiction writers on the current scene. I've read every one of her novels, and Scarlet Lion is wonderful. However, you really need to read The Greatest Knight first. Scarlet Lion is a continuation of the life of William Marshall, truly "the greatest knight".

Darlene

You've done really well with the joyful task of diminishing your tbr pile! Not an easy thing to do this time of year AND getting some stitching done besides. Last night, I sat in front of my bookcase of purchases over this past year and felt such happiness. Then do you know what I did...picked up three magazines that have lain neglected for weeks! All in an attempt, like you, to finish up reading (even if it's mags) and prepare to start fresh for 2010.

Those Reading Woman calendars are beautiful!

litlove

These look gorgeous! I've also got the Mawer and am looking forward to it very much. I have to admit that I put the Rosales to one side,though, thinking that the translation must be faulty. I'll be very interested to read your review - let me know if it does pick up and I should hook it back off the shelf again! And you know I'm a fan of Chadwick. I should read her again - I bought a couple of her novels cheap.

anothercookiecrumbles

Oh, I recently finished The Glass Room, and absolutely loved it. Really hope you enjoy it.

Best of luck with the remaining four books.

Cath

I've read one book by Elizabeth Chadwick, The Love Knot. It was quite good but not, imo, wonderful.

Yes, I do feel the weight of books. I think it's partly why I find it *so* hard to choose a next read... so much to choose from. I need someone to invent a way to read six books all at the same time.

The Poldark TV series was delightful but problematical because every time I watched I used to feel so terribly homesick. LOL!

Dorothy W.

I just agreed to review the Mawer book the other day, and it sounds like a bunch of us will be reviewing it! I hope it's good -- the description certainly sounded interesting. That's great that you are down to four books -- entirely doable, right? Even if one of them is quite long!

Sarah

I'll second the recommendation of Elizabeth Jolley, she is an enjoyable ironic and sometimes even savage writer! My favourites are the trology you have and Miss Peabody's inheritance.

Danielle

Tiina--I buy the Women Reading calendar every year and have saved most of the as the pictures are always so nice. And I'm really looking forward to reading the Poldark books! I will have to see if I can find the movies, too.
Rachel--I should also try and do some serious weeding. I've not been buying many books and I feel pretty good about it. Between the odd review copy here and there, library books and an occasional purchase I have plenty of variety. Good luck on not buying and new books--I'm going to try and continue doing the same as well.
Lindymc--I'm so glad to hear she's good. Actually I've only heard good things about her so I think I am in for a treat. And I was wondering if this was a continuation of a story--this is a review copy so I'm not sure I'll have time to get the first book and read it before diving into this one--we'll see. In any case I'm really looking forward to reading her finally.
Darlene--It is nice to wrap things up and start fresh at the end of the old year and beginning of the new one. I have a little stack of new books I'll be starting soon, too, which I'm excited about. It'll be nice to start with a clean slate (more or less).
Litlove--I'm itching to start the Chadwick now, but I will wait until I finish the last of my books. I had a hard time getting into the Rosales and even had to start from the beginning after I had set it aside, but I am actually getting into the story now. I do wonder about the translation, though. It does feel dense--this seems to be a book you can't let your mind wander with at all! I seem to be in the right mood for it though, so it's not a matter of feeling I must slog through it (I actually want to pick up the book). I'll let you know how it goes!
Anothercookiecrumbles--I seem to have only heard good things about the Mawer, so I can't wait to get to it. It certainly has the right setting and time period for me!
Cath--I think Elizabeth Chadwick has written quite a few books, so maybe that was not one of her best? I'm looking forward to giving her a try. It is hard to choose and my problem is not being able to and reading more than I should at once! It's cool you are so familiar with the setting of the Poldark books, but it would be hard to see the movies if they make you homesick!
Dorothy--The Mawer book does seem to be making the rounds, doesn't it! It does sound appealing, so I'm looking forward to it. And I think I should be able to manage these last four before the end of the year. The Gaskell is long but I'm nearly half way through and it's a pleasure to read, so I don't mind lugging it about. I have to admit, though, I've already got a couple of new books on my night stand ready to go when I finish these!!

Karen

I go through phases where I panic about how many amazing books there are to read in the world and how I will never be able to get to read a fraction of them - and then I relax and feel happy with the amount of great books I am able to read! I hope you enjoy The Glass Room when you get to it - it was one of my faves from this year.

catharina

This year I read both The Fall and The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. I remember having heard from him before (Mendel's Dwarf I think it was)but never came round to reading his books. Now I want to read some of his earlier books too, as I think his research is fabulous and his writing very good. Looking forward to reading your opinion on these. And the weight? I feel that too, especially when I leaf trough 1001 books you must have read before... and see how few of those I actually read.

Becky

I am so delighted to hear that Sourcebooks is reprinting the Poldark series! I remember watching bits of the TV show when I was a child and I think I read the first couple of books. But I'd love to have another go at them. I'll have to put them on my wishlist.
I rarely feel the weight of unread books, I think mostly because my TBR pile doesn't stack up too much. I've learned now that the longer I have a book lying around, the less likely it is that I will read it. So I tend only to buy a week or so ahead, with a few extra lengthy histories around.

Danielle

Karen--I sometimes wish I was one of those readers who can fly through books, but I like how I read, so I'll have to content myself with what I can manage to get through! I'm so happy to hear all the good things about The Glass Room--I've already moved it up my TBR pile!
Catharina--I have another of his books that I found at a library sale--it's set in WWII but I've forgotten the title now. I hadn't even heard of him before he ended up on the Booker list, but I see now I will have to check out his other books!
Becky--You are very good about keeping your TBR pile under control. I wish I could be so good! I sometimes think how nice it would be to simply use the library--go once a week and pick out two books to read and then switch them out! One can fantasize anyway. And I can't wait to start the first Poldark book--I'm so curious about them.

LizF

I am so envious of you Dani to be just discovering Poldark, Elizabeth Chadwick (you don't HAVE to read The Greatest Knight first but I think you would enjoy The Scarlet Lion more if you did), R F Delderfield and The Glass Room.
The first three are real 'lose yourself' books - the sort where you immerse yourself so deeply that it is a shock to come back to real life!
I always used to think that Robin Ellis in the TV Poldark looked the part but was a bit of a wooden actor although Angharad Rees was a great Demelza.

Stefanie

Oh, I feel the weight all the time! The Jolley book sounds really interesting. I have never heard of her before either so I am happily looking forward to your review!

Danielle

LizF--You make me want to start them all right now! :) I've requested the first Elizabeth Chadwick book, but as there is a line and the copy I have is a review copy I may just have to read them out of order. I much prefer not to do that, but hopefully it won't detract too much from the story. I can't wait to read her now. I most definitely need a "lose yourself' book at the moment, so one of these should fit the bill. And I'm very curious about that Poldark TV series and must see if I can find it locally-maybe my library will have it.
Stefanie--The Jolley book was a great find--and I'm so glad a copy turned up in my mail. I'm not sure I would have come across her otherwise. I can't wait to start reading these and suspect my pile will grow to mammoth proportions as soon as the new year starts (after having worked so hard to lighten the load now).

Lyn

I'm really pleased that you found more Jolley in the university library. It's a bit of a disgrace that, apart from the trilogy you have, she's pretty much OP in Australia now. She wasn't published until she was in her 50s (I think) & had a tremendous reputation, but her last few books weren't well reviewed & she seems to have fallen out of favour. Hopefully she'll be "rediscovered" in the future, by another Persephone perhaps?

Danielle

Lyn--I'm so glad that her books have been brought to my notice. The materials that were sent with the book (I have a review copy) are all raves about her and this trilogy. I'll have to try and find out more about her, but at least Persea Books (WW Norton) is bringing this one back into print here in the US. In the little biographical blurb it says that at the time of her death in 2007 most of her books were out of print, which is too bad. I can't wait to read it.

Tara

Count me in as interested in the Vera Wright trilogy - this sounds like something I would like.

Danielle

Tara--It does sound like something you would like. I can't wait to start it and would do so now but am trying hard to finish a few other books before the end of the year. It's on the top of my pile, though. Good idea!

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