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Hi Danielle: I do both, depending on the mood! If it's a really, really great book, however, I can't do either---I just have to have some space to let the whole experience "breathe". I hope you like Summons--I read it many, many years ago and enjoyed it so much it started me on a whole Peter Taylor kick. I haven't read Welty's Optimist's Daughter, although it's been on my TBR list for years. Despite her high rep, I'm afraid I've avoided Welty ....

On an altogether different note: how are you enjoying your NYRB book a month club? I was so envious of this I finally got around to subscribing myself and am eagerly awaiting my first volume ....


Thanks for the reminder of this lovely book which I read in college. If you like it, I think you might also enjoy a novella Peter Taylor wrote called The Old Forest.


I tend to shy away from reading books that are similar one after the other because I am worried I will get bored. I don't know that I have ever even tried it though! Do you think you will read the sequel to Testing the Current when Tommy is 40-something? I'm interested but I also don't want to read it because I don't want to "ruin" Tommy the boy and his beautiful book.


Hi Janakay--How exciting! I love my NYRB subscription and am getting ready now to begin the second book (am a little behind, but I hope to catch up soon now). Which book are you getting as a freebie? I think they mail out the first week of each new month. I often like to prolong the happy experience, but some books are So good that I need a little time, too, in between finishing one and starting a new book. Strangely I have avoided Welty, too, and I am not sure why, but I have a strong urge all of a sudden to read her now. And I think I am going to like Peter Taylor--have just started A Summons to Memphis and think it will be very good--and also just different enough from Testing the Current to be a good follow up read.


Thanks for the suggestion-my library doesn't own it unfortunately, so I have ordered a nice used copy of it. I have started A Summons to Memphis and so far think it's very good. Maybe I'll end up binging on his books now.


This is a possibility--sometimes I just don't want to leave that world, so a 'readalike' is in order. I think A Summons to Memphis will be different enough (same sort of tone as the McPherson, though) for it to feel less like a continuation and simply a similar type story. I am curious about the McPherson sequel, but I am a little afraid it won't measure up to the original! And I like Tommy's 'voice', too, which will be different when he is an adult. So, we'll see, but for now I am not going to make an effort to find a copy.


I've been sneezing my way through this post, so I send sympathy and hope you are feeling a bit better! I tend to go for variety, as a habit. But then I have periods when I feel that all I want to do is read Helen MacInnes novels or Erle Stanley Gardner ones. I never let myself because the chances are the similarity would pall. But sometimes the urge is strong to have the same experience over again!


I hate colds and thought I was getting off easy, but I managed to catch a bug after all. I felt just bad enough to drag through most of the week, but not quite bad enough to stay home. I do feel better though I am tired from a busy work week--and not enough sleep. Variety is probably good--I sometimes like to stay within a certain 'world' for a while and will read similar books, but then after a few I am usually ready for something completely different! I still want to stay in that particular era, but I think the Taylor will just just different enough not to feel as though I am rehashing the story yet again.


I bought A Summins to Memphis a long time ago but have still not read it. Whenever I see it mentioned anywhere I think I have to read it. I'm saying it again, I really have to read it. I'm pretty sure it's one I will like. I'm looking forward to read how you will like it when you've finished it.


I've just started it--but I have a library book that is due (an ebook actually--it will just expire soon and I want to finish the book--so no late returns in this case), so will get back to it soon. From what I've read so far, though, I think it's going to be a very good read! Will definitely post on it when I finish.


Danielle: my first book was Renata Adler's Pitch Dark; my freebie was Manchette's Fatale. Sadly, I haven't yet started either, although I've lovingly fondled both! Don't you just love the NYRB editions? Those great covers, with the intros and afterwords by interesting writers--it's just a wonderful series. I looked at the Melville House novella series (didn't you do this as well?) but I already had just enough of the novellas in the series to make it impractical for me.


I'm not moving very quickly on reading mine either (though not from any lack of interest!), but you're right--it is just nice to have them close at hand to peruse--they are so nicely designed I want to have the whole set of them. I think that the next one is already going to be coming this or next week--so I had better get going on the Grossman! Renata Adler's book looks interesting--I borrowed her earlier book, Speedboat, from the library, but I suspect I won't get to it anytime soon--will look it over though. I love those Melville House novellas--I only owned a few, and I think I might only have one from the list of books they are sending this year, so it was perfect for me. A nice way to get a taste of authors I might not pick up otherwise.

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