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You've got some great reading ahead of you. I've not read any books by Melville House publishing yet and I need to hurry up and discover some of their titles. You won't believe this but I'm also reading Three Floors Up. So good and really excited to see how the stories coming together. Can't wait to hear what you think of it. Happy weekend!


Your list sounds oh-so-tempting with a nice mix of books. Sounds like you have some delightful reading planned! I’ve been enjoying but am still looking forward to finishing this weekend Longbourn by Jo Baker, a look at the world of Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ point of view, Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart, and perhaps even Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books by Nick Hornsby. Then comes the fun of picking what to read next....


We'll Always Have Paris sounds great. I'm also reading a memoir (sort of) at the moment - Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin, which is great. It's more episodes/vignettes but with some throughlines, and it's really really good, full of the mood of the less-gentrified NYC that she grew up in. I haven't read this New Yorker piece about it/I'm waiting until I'm done, but:


With so many good books in hand, it must be hard to choose. They all sound fantastic. I like having a variety of types of reading available, one to suit every mood.

I'm currently reading How the Light Gets In (a Three Pines/Inspector Gamache mystery), The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, and a collection of essays by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella. I also just started an non-fiction book called Mindshift after hearing someone recommend it (Modern Mrs. Darcy, maybe?). I just had a house full of company over the weekend, so didn't get my usual reading time---will have to make up for it this week.


They do have a great backlist--for a while I subscribed to their novella series and have a stack of them--and many of them I actually read as they arrived! How cool that you are also reading the Nevo--I am just starting on the 'second floor' and am quite into the story--like you I am wondering how the different stories will connect.


Did I hear (or is it just wishful thinking) that Longbourn was supposed to be made into a movie? I liked it as well--it would be fun to read it back to back with P&P! I have not heard of that Hornsby--I have a couple of his short essay collections, which are great fun to dip into. I have never read his fiction, but I can totally relate to his bookishness. And I am also getting ready to pick another novel in hardcover (it is one of my 'categories-hardcovers--as I tend to buy them giving into temptation, but then put off reading them....).


The Beddington book is utterly charming and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am only a third in, but I would happily recommend it to any Francophile or fan of memoirs! I had a peek at the Shopsin and think I might have to get it--I am all for 'riveting' memoirs and I do like the sound of this one. I will have to read that New Yorker article, too. Thanks so much for the link and recommendation! (Nice to have a next read lined up--it keeps me on track when I know I have another good book in line to pick up).


I am trying to focus on the books I am closest to finishing and not be lured into picking up a 'new' book...not yet anyway. So it is a balancing game where I try and rotate so I can finish books but still feel like I am picking up something 'fresh and new' every few days--lol. Yes, I think about these things too much! I have the next two Gamache mysteries, but as I have about three mysteries on the go right now, they are just waiting patiently for me. I loved The Blind Assassin--I think that might be my favorite Atwood and I really do need to reread it! The book of essays sounds interesting--I know Lisa Scottoline writes mysteries/thrillers so I wonder what her essays are like? As nice as company can be, I bet you are looking for quiet reading time this week!

Buried In Print

What do you think would be harder to learn, German or Italian? Perhaps you'll have to take up a language on your commutes, rather than reading, to get to your film teacher's new novel!


Her essays are short, funny and personal--and though I've only read a couple of her thrillers, the essays are very different from the thrillers. I read a few just before I turn out the light and go to sleep :).


I'll have to check the library and see if they have any of her essays--they sound interesting. I like those books which can be dipped into so easily--though I have to get back into the habit with them--I tend to surf on my tablet before bed and that is actually a bad thing--bad for the eyes or for sleeping I hear....


I think German would be harder than Italian. I studied German in university and French in high school. I think I know enough Spanish (and remember it, as opposed to the other languages I have studied which I seem to have forgotten since I don't use them) for Italian to come easy. I actually have been thinking of finding an online course that would have some sort of book to just learn a phrase a day or something. It would be good for the brain--like your learning new games!


Browse sounds like fun! Do be sure to tell more about it when you are done! I haven't read a good bookish book in a while.


It is really excellent and if you don't have it I highly recommend it (or maybe don't buy it and a squirrel will leave it on your doormat--in exchange for all the garden veggies he helps himself to). I am sharing a few quotes again today. It is a very quotable book which won't surprise you! ;)


I hadn’t heard about Longbourn being a movie — wouldn’t that be fun! The Hornsby is a collection of his collections of essays about reading, and I actually preferred the shorter book format, but at least now I know I’ve read them all! (at least until the next collection comes out)

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