Monday, March 01, 2010

Only two books...

That's all I read in February... two books.  What was to be my "month of Edith Schaeffer" ended up with me reading the lovely The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge (extending my "month of Goudge" by one book) and re-reading The Hidden Art of Homemaking for the hundreth time.  A combination of antibiotics, the plague, and the Olympics came together to make for a dismal reading month.

March is planned as my "month of D. E. Stevenson" and as a box was waiting on my front porch when I arrived home from the grocery, two more Stevenson books will make it (probably) possible to read what I have on the home shelves without going to the library (I'm not sure they have Stevenson's books).  Thank you, Kristi!  Two other sweet readers had sent me a Stevenson book each (was it last year?) when they learned I'd never read any of her books and I've found a couple at the thrift shop this past year.

The little used book room in the library near campus had a nice collection of Anthony Trollope paperbacks for $2.00 each.  I bought Rachel Ray (the book, not the cook) as I'd recently heard someone recommend it.  I have one or two of his other classics on the shelves waiting to read someday.  I can see a "month of Trollope" in the future but not immediately.  I would be interested in hearing favorite titles from people.  He was quite prolific!

I plan to have my nose in a few cookbooks for awhile, too.  Thank you SO MUCH to all who use my Amazon widget to enter Amazon and shop (as everything you buy gives me a little credit and it all adds up).  I was able to order an out of print cookbook which I'd already read at the library.  It should arrive later this week and I can't wait to make a few of the recipes.  Hopefully I will have regained strength and enjoy time in the kitchen.  :)

Congratulations to the Canadians for a wonderful Olympics and for winning the gold in hockey.  What a game! 

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Vee said...

You've had every good excuse not to be doing all the pre-planned reading. Hope that you are feeling much better. I know that you are eager for spring, which I'm hoping will be an early one for you.

Terra said...

I am glad you survived the plague and all. Now I wrote down D. E. Stevenson and The Scent of Water, as books to consider reading.
I have not heard of D.E. Stevenson before, so thank you. I adore hearing about authors that are new to me.

Heather L. said...

Glad you are starting to feel better. Lots of people down here with strep and other things. :( So far it has not hit us.

Can't wait to hear which DE's you read! I'm not pleased with the number of books I've read so far this year but hope it picks up a bit.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are back and feeling better! I have been having computer know how that is!

Friend Debra

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I'm glad you like the books. Stevenson is a great writer to read when you're feeling only a little unwell....But Trollope is another sort of writer. He's very good, but serious, even though he has some great comic moments. He shows more of the darker side of the world, like most of the best Victorian writers. I have a lot of his books, and if you've never read any, I'd suggest the Barchester series, beginning with Barchester Towers or The Warden. Your library might have dvds for the excellent BBC production of BTowers.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Brenda, I had to chuckle because you seem so in shock that you only read two books!

I haven't heard of D.E.Stevenson so I am going to look her up in our library system.

Trust you are getting better and better everyday.

myletterstoemily said...

i have not read any stevenson and look
forward to it.

hope you are feeling better.


Lisa Richards said...

Isn't it just like Christmas when books arrive in the mail? One of my favorite things!

I read "Mrs. Tim Gets a Job", or at least I think that was the title. I do enjoy her books, also!

My only Trollope book is "Barchester Towers", but I haven't read it yet. I've heard lots of people say they love Trollope!

I'm reading a lot of bios and memoirs right now, and just wrote about them on my blog.

Get your rest! =0)

Anonymous said...

I love your music. I haven't read Trollope's The Way We Live Now but I just downloaded it to my kindle. I did see the PBS movie a few years back it was quite enjoyable.