Books and Plans

Persephone Books

This book came in the mail yesterday.  I don't really know anything about it but I found it online for something like $3.00 and I just couldn't pass that by.  I was so pleased that it even came with the bookmark.  I ordered another Persephone for about the same price but that hasn't arrived yet.  I had told myself that I wasn't going to order any more books for a while but then my husband came home and told me about an interview he had listened to on the BBC. It was with an author I have never heard of but he said it was very interesting and that it sounded like the kind of thing I would like.  So based on that, I puttered around online and found one of her books.  Now would be the perfect time for me to say who the author is but to be honest, I can't remember.  It will be a pleasant surprise when it shows up in the mail.  Since I am constitutionally unable to only order one book I ended up with three on their way to me.  Not that I am complaining, and I think my husband is just enabling me here.

We leave for London four weeks from tomorrow.  And yes, we are literally counting down the days.  I have a chalkboard wall in my kitchen (that sounds so Pinterest-worthy but my kitchen really isn't) and my daughter has a countdown on it that she updates daily.  She is so excited about spending the week with her grandparents.  I am glad because then we don't have to feel guilty about leaving them behind while we have fun in London.

I have been researching bookstores in London and trying to make an organized plan of attack.  In case you can't tell, I take my book shopping in London very seriously.  A few stores I have been to before but know I want to revisit.  Places like Persephone Books and Daunt Books are essential, but I have also been collecting a list of other places that are new to me this year.  Then I am trying to organize them so that I can fit them in around the other things we want to do.  Because believe it or not, book shopping is not the one and only thing my husband wants to do.  So if you are reading this and you live in London and you have any absolutely essential bookshops please tell me about them. And if you want to recommend great coffee shops for my husband too that would be wonderful.

I think that a huge part of the fun of a trip is the planning ahead of time.  Of course I love the actual vacation but I also really love looking up places to visit and gardens to walk in and what the different areas of a city are like.  I even like shopping online for the perfect travel shoes.  (That is the holy grail I have yet to find.) Vacation planning is a guaranteed way to improve a bad day.  I can't wait to get to London but at the same time, I don't want the planning to be over.

I haven't read anything absolutely amazing lately.  I did read All My Patients Are Under the Bed by Dr. Louis J. Camuti.  It was entertaining.  It read like a series of anecdotes strung together. He sounds like he was quite the character and he treated the cats belonging to some famous people such as Frances and Richard Lockridge who wrote the Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries.  I tend to read all vet stories and compare them to James Herriot. Few measure up but this is a fun, quick read.  Probably an even more fun read if you are a cat obsessive.  We have a cat and I like him but I am not a cat obsessive though some members of my immediate family are.

Right now I am reading Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope.  I love a good Trollope and this fits the bill.  Rachel is in love with Luke Rowan.  She is not considered worthy of his love at first, then he goes to London and rumors start circulating about him.  That is where I am now.  I am sure there will be trials and tribulations but that it will all work out in the end.  There is quite a bit about clergymen and the church, not all of it favorable.  I wonder how people felt about that when it was originally published.

This is kind of a rambly post but that is what happens when I just sit down, pick up my laptop and start typing.  I'll try to do some more well-thought-out posts soon.


  1. Someone I know is in London right now and has kindly offered to pick up a novel for me if I want. I immediately screamed "PERSEPHONEEEEEE!" I asked for Heat Lightning by Helen Hull and I'm very excited to finally have it in my hands in April.

    You can try some of the secondhand bookshops dotted on Charing Cross Road. They're a bit hit and miss, but then all secondhand shops are. That's part of the fun, you never know what you're going to get. Plus, shops like Quinto and Any Amount of Books are pretty iconic.

    1. Friends who are willing to bring you Persephone novels are friends indeed! I've read good things about heat Lightning. I will be interested to hear what you think of it.

      I do love secondhand shops. It is like a treasure hunt and that makes it so much fun.