We went to the States with five suitcases - three of them empty. What did we bring back? Books, books, books! C, Will and I each built our own mountain, though as C said, she's willing to share with me if I will share with her. Most of my stack came from our old collection, which I bring over bit by bit each year, but I did bring some newbies (marked * below) home too.
Now that the dust has settled and jet lag disappeared, I'm on a great rereading kick and just finished Treasure Island last night. Have you read it lately? When I was a child I was a bit terrified by the book, and the pictures made me shiver with delighted fear (illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, the paintings tell a vivid story by themselves). But after reading all the Patrick O'Brian books, and the even more gruesome Matty Graves novels, Treasure Island seems much more pacific to me these days and I only had to turn the lights up high a few times in my midnight readings.
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger Middlemarch Part 1 & 2, George Eliot Mr. Darcy's Dream*, Elizabeth Aston Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray Agent Zigzag, Ben Macintyre* Pon Top Edisto Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle, Ellen Gilchrist A Working Girl Can't Win, Deborah Garrison The English Patient, Michael Ondattje Drawing for Children, Mona Brookes Audubon, Robert Penn Warren Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson Swan Lake, Mark Helprin An Incomplete Revenge, Jacqueline Winspear* Johns Island* Burning Bright, Tracy Chevalier* Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame The Riverside Chaucer Treasury of Art Nouveau Design & Ornament
If I'm not working or hanging out with our 10 year old while a bouncy 5 year old dances around us, there's a good chance I'll be hammering away on our piano, reading a book or trying to sketch. I live in Prague, Czech Republic and hail from the U.S. South.