Books Beside My Bed #2

My reading has been a little disjointed lately.  I keep picking things up and putting them down, not because I am not enjoying them, but because I keep getting distracted by other books.  Sometimes I think having a lot of books to choose from makes it harder to stick to one.  The grass is always greener.  I'll give you a quick rundown of what I have been dipping in and out of.

First of all, I just started Best Little Stories From The White House by C. Brian Kelly.  It is a book my dad loaned me and isn't something I would necessarily have picked up on my own.  It is what the title says, little stories or vignettes of various presidents or those surrounding them.  They aren't necessarily amazing stories but many are interesting or charming insights into the people and their lives.  I like the description quoted of Dolley Madison.  She was "a fine, portly, buxom dame who has a smile and a pleasant word for everybody." That just makes me feel as if I would like to know her.

I have been reading the Provincial Lady books by E.M. Delafield.  I have read the first two before and always enjoy rereading them.  I only recently bought a Virago edition that also has The Provincial Lady in America and The Provincial Lady in Wartime so those are both new to me.  I am enjoying them very much.  The Provincial Lady books just make me happy.  I love her wry observations.

I just finished A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott.  It is a mystery set in the Highlands of 1950s Scotland. A small boy is dead and the newspaper staff ends up investigating.  It sounded like an easy read that I would enjoy but it just never worked for me.  The story felt a bit disjointed and I never cared that much about any of the characters even though I obviously should have.  I found myself skimming just to get the basic plot outline. It was a pity because I felt it had real potential.  Maybe it was just me because I see it is the first in a series and it gets decent ratings.

I am also reading The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock.  I just started this last night (because obviously I needed another book on the go) and am enjoying it so far.  It is the first of a trilogy, a family drama beginning in the summer of 1914.  It revolves around the family, friends, and servants of Abingdon Pryory.  I am still at the stage where all the characters are getting introduced but so far I am enjoying it.

I am resisting the urge to pull any more books off my shelves.  I woke up this morning wanting to reread This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart.  (I don't know, is it odd to wake up thinking about the book you want to read?) However, I managed to resist for now.  I'll wait until I have finished some of these.  I do love Mary Stewart though....

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