Decisions, Decisions …

Persephone Reading Week, hosted by Verity and Claire begins on Friday.

A week ago I knew excactly what I was going to read: A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes. It looks lovely, I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, and I know that the library has the out-of-print sequels.

A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes

But then I read a short story by Susan Glaspell, and it made me want to pick up one of her novels. And Simon said that he thought Fidelity was rather good …

Fidelity by Susan Glaspell

And then Danielle said that Lyn had recommended Winifred Peck. And I remembered that I had a copy of House-bound tucked away …

House-bound by Winifred Peck

When I looked for that book noticed another, and I remembered how much I love Monica Dickens’ writing, and how much I want to read another of her novels. I still haven’t read Mariana, despite owning a numbered orange Penguin copy as well as the lovely Persephone edition …

Marianna by Monica Dickens

And then, with wonderful timing, the copy of Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky that I had forgotten ordering appeared with my name on the label on the reservations shelf in the library ..

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky

So now I really don’t know.

What do you think I should read?

And what will you be reading this weekend?

26 responses

  1. I thought I knew exactly what I was going to be reading for this weekend. I was going to read the much anticipated Miss Buncle’s Book and finally try some Whipple, starting with Someone at a Distance. But then I looked to my shelves and became completely confused. Manja seems so tempting right now, as do Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary and Making Conversation and House-Bound. I really have no idea where to start anymore but I’m certainly excited to begin!

    • Manja is tempting me too, but it’s just that little bit too long for right now given that I have two Victorian novels in progress. And Lady Rose and Mrs Mammary is lovely, and you have just given me an idea for what else I am going to post over the weekend. Thank you!

  2. I haven’t read any of the ones you mentioned but personally, I’d be tempted to go with ‘Mariana’ – and I love those end papers!
    I will be starting with ‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding’ followed by ‘High Wages’ and I’m so looking forward to reading everyone’s posts and comments. Such fun!

  3. A London Child…was such a lovely read and if you can get your hands on the sequels so much the better! Mariana is languishing on my shelf but I’m working this Saturday so I chose the slim volume of Dorothy Whipple’s short stories.

  4. One of the university libraries in town has A London Child and I’m dying to read it so if I have time I’ll make a trip out there this weekend to get it — so glad that everyone seems to like it.

    I have two nonfiction Persephones from my library (older editions actually): The Carlyles at Home and Julian Grenfell, so I’m going to try and read one of them. I’ll probably read Flush and maybe Little Boy Lost. Or Saplings. Or Fidelity. . . I have so many on my TBR shelf maybe I need to post about this and I can get some suggestions.

    • I’ve only read the first page of a London Child, but I am already captivated. Definitely worth a trip. I’d say.

      How you chose between those others i really don’t know – good luck!

  5. Eeesh…right now I’m bookless! 😦 I just finished a very good book, but now if I’m going to read anything, I’m going to have to get to the library (where I owe a big fine), or buy a book (and I’m kinda broke.) Oh well…I can always re-read one of my favorites, right? 🙂

    I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a fun little book meme on my book blog. It doesn’t take much time, and it’s a good way to spread some link love. Check it out if you have a moment1

  6. I’d put all the names in a hat and draw one out, otherwise you’re always going to think you chose the wrong one. Alternatively, you could take a week of work and read them all. Why should only Universities get official reading weeks?

  7. Oh, I love those endpapers; I hope you do read London Child – Molly Hughes used to holiday in Cornwall as a child and I am pretty sure that Cornwall features in that volume.

  8. I always love this moment of indecision before embarking on a new book. For me the decision would be easy, I would go with the numbered Penguin and read Monica Dickens. Although Simon’s recent review of Gilead had me in tears and so perhaps I would be persuaded by his recommendation. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose.

    • Monica Dickens is definitely calling, and much as I love Penguins and Persephones, it takes a specail author for me to keep both. But Molly Hughes is calling and, yes, Simon’s recommendations are very reliable…

  9. What a great dilemma to have! I would probably go with your first choice since you have the sequels waiting for you at the library, which would extend the reading experience. I have Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day lined up – from what reviews I’ve seen so far I’m pretty much guaranteed an enjoyable read.

  10. So many fantastic choices! I am going to support Fidelity – I rarely see it being read and it truly is brilliant – it blew me away. Glaspell was an incredible writer.

    • Whatever I read this weekend, I am going to read Susan Glaspell as soon as i can. I was so impressed by A Jury of Her Peers, and I’d love to see what she could do in a novel.

    • Claire, I daren’t look at my Persephone shelves, I’d only get more confused or land on something huge, like manja or a Few Eggs. Both look wonderful, but Idon’t have enough time to do them justice this weekend. I hope the random pick works well for you.

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