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I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but this one looks very attractive. I'm looking forward to your review of it. I just finished a major re-shuffle of the books I was reading too, it must be something in the air:).


I do the same thing--I can't help it sometimes, but happily the contents match the appealing cover! I hate to set books aside if it can be avoided, but this one is working out so much better for me than the Keats. I'm glad I am not the only one who re-shuffles books! :)


This sounds so wonderful! Yes, drop a book if you aren't enjoying it, most certainly. --even if it is for my very own reading challenge... ;)

I often read the first few pages of a book at work to see if deserves a trip home with me...and often it does not. Rather a good thing, most likely, as I have 100's on my own shelves...

I do like the idea of this book being in one voice. Another fantastic book that is made up of one one-sided correspondence is Elizabeth von Arnim's Fraulein Schmidt & Mr Anstruther which I think is marvellous. Fraulein Schmidt is a letter writer who is endlessly interesting.


I dip into many books, read two pages here and there, maybe more until I decide I really want to read it. I don't do that with all the books, of course but it happens and it's not abandoning a book at all, it's waiting for the right moment. I find that importnat too and it has nothing to do with the quality of a book.
I buy Viragos without knowing what they are abou too. That's how I discovered Rosamond lehmann. I saw one of her novels in a used book shop in Bath.
Letters to Constnace sounds very good.


Oh two pages isn't reading, it's only sampling! So setting it aside for something more suited to your mood barely counts as any kind of activity at all. The important thing is that you're reading something and really enjoying it. Yay!


It sounds interesting, I shall have to keep an eye out for it.


I am glad for the affirmation that it's OK to set books aside if they don't appeal at the time. I'm becoming better at it myself. I find that I usually enjoy the book when I pick it up at a different time, when I'm more 'in the mood' for it. So I try not to feel guilty about it. But I still feel sometimes that I should just persevere, although I know that's nonsense, if I'm not enjoying my reading.


Poor Keats, but if it wasn't his time it isn't fair to either of you to slog on. You are off to a good start on this one. I like the longer time frame that it covers. It will be interesting to see how the letters and their topics change over time.


I'm getting better about putting aside books that aren't fitting, though I'm currently on the verge of doing that with one and I'm feeling guilty about it (Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle). I feel like I "should" read this book, even though I don't really feel like it right now. I think I will put it aside for now, though I'm pretty sure I'll eventually get back to it as I love her writing. This is much more information than you really need, I know, but at least you know you're not alone!

I recently received a book book from Paperback Swap that turned out to be a Virago--a pleasant surprise!


I know Melwyk--and it is a really short book, too. I was loathe to do it, but strangely (and no reflection on poor Keats) I felt a little bit of a relief to set a few of those books aside. At least I picked up a different book of (fictional in this case) letters instead! Hey--I just mentioned the EvA book in another comment as a book group I belong to is reading it and I was thinking I might be persuaded to join going to go now and pull it from my shelves since it seems serendipity that you are now mentioning it, too. I am thoroughly enjoying Letters from Constance however, so it was a wise move to choose something different!


It's probably a good idea really to read just a few pages and see how a book is going to 'feel' and whether it matches my mood. I've definitely found a much better fit with the 'replacements' for the books I've set aside. I agree that timing really is everything much of the time. I'm glad I'm not the only one who buys Viragos totally randomly. If I had more of a choice here I would maybe be more selective, but as it is I snap up whatever I come across unless I happen to already own it. I've read one of Rosamond Lehmann's books and I think she's quite good and really must get around to reading more of her work. And am thoroughly enjoying Letters from Constance--a very lucky find!


Sampling! Yes, that's the perfect way to think of it. I tend to get these ideas in mind of what I am going to read and then start talking about the books--once I've talked about it I feel like I am obligated to read it, which is very silly really. I am going to stop doing that--guilt is far too overrated! And reading should really equal enjoyment in my book, too.


I found a reasonably good used copy online that was pretty cheap! Good luck--I hope you come across a copy, too!


I generally feel very guilty about starting books and then putting them back on the shelf, but I am going to give myself permission to stop that silliness. Much better to love what I am reading, especially when it is meant to be for pleasure rather than feel obligated to keep going. Sometimes if I keep reading it will click, but when I really don't look forward to even picking the book up to continue--that's a definite sign that timing is all wrong for it. The things we tell ourselves we must do, eh?!


I will get around to Keats--and love letters for the week of Valentine's Day sounded really perfect, too. But I just wasn't looking forward to picking up the book and managed about two letters and the introduction. His time will come, I'm sure. I have a feeling that as time passes the letters will get further and further apart (but isn't that always the case sadly--I've seen it happen with my own correspondents when I was younger). In any case, this is working out so much better for me.


I am glad to know I am not the only one who both feels guilty about setting books aside, but then still sets them aside! ;) I like Barbara Kingsolver, too, though it's been ages since I read her last. Isn't that essays? Maybe you can keep it close by if it is, and try another essay later to see if you are more in the mood for it after you finish another book or two. Yay for Viragos--I should really check out Paperback Swap as I have pretty much given up on Bookmooch!

Margaret Powling

I read, and rhapsodised about this book, many years ago. I've read others by Mary Hocking, too, all good. What a pity she isn't better known. Maybe she will be now, thanks to your blog! (Needless to say, I have this edition on my bookshelves.)


I'm really enjoying it as well and have since ordered a number of her other books. I even have one from the library I requested from interlibrary loan called Checkmate--her books all seem slightly different from each other, which is nice actually. I'll have to 'talk her up' as it's a pity that you don't seem to hear her name mentioned often!

Buried In Print

I picked up Mary Hocking's trilogy as part of my VMC collecting, but I haven't found a copy of this one yet...looks terrific though (thanks for posting the excerpt)!


I found a cheap used copy on Amazon of this--I hadn't even heard of her before until I started book browsing online. I also bought that trilogy as it sounds right up my alley. I started reading the first volume but as I am now reading the book of letters have set it (temporarily) aside until I finish this one. I do like her style very much and always love epistolary novels.

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