Mabel 2014

Miss Mabel looking pensive.

Hello, friends! How has your week been?

Mine was rather uneventful, filled with the usual work and chores and reading. I finished one book this week – Angela Thirkell’s High Rising, which I gobbled up and loved. After that, I turned to several other books, including I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, a scary, unsettling story set in Iceland and Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, which I am having a hard time finishing.

I did a bit of research into books I can read to fill my Century of Books list and discovered that most of the books that qualify from my own shelves come from the thirties and forties – I didn’t realize I owned that many books from those eras. I started reading a book published in 1999, the last year of the century, The Music Lesson by Katharine Weber and thought it would be fun to read one from the first year of the century also so I put a hold on Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser which was published in 1900.

What did you read this week? Did you make progress on your challenges or goals?

Have a lovely Sunday!


  1. It sounds like you had a nice, ordinary week, and sometimes those are the best kinds of weeks.
    I’ve been reading a non-fiction book, The World Until Yesterday, about what we can learn from traditional societies, it’s really interesting.

    • I’ve seen that title on the shelves at my library – it looks very interesting. I am curious to know what you think so I’ll look out for your thoughts on it.
      Ordinary weeks are really the best weeks!

  2. A lovely photo – is that Mabel?

    Isn’t is interesting to look at when books are published? I’ve just figured out that the Little House books are all from the 1930s & 1940s (and therefore eligible for my mid-century). All those years reading them, and I’d never checked. I also have a lot of books from the 1930s and 1940s – particularly in mysteries, but novels as well.

    • It is Mabel – she is very good at posing for photos, unlike Flora.
      I didn’t realize that the Little House Books were published in the thirties and forties! I guess I always think of them having a later publishing date since the TV show was on in the seventies.
      I’ve enjoyed checking all of my books for the publish date and adding them to a database.

  3. Your Miss Mable is just like our Peppa! Well we wouldn’t be book bloggers without the obligatory cat photo would we?!

  4. I meant to read all of The Luminaries today, and I failed. It is the longest book maybe ever in the entire world. (I’m enjoying it though!)

    • I got a copy of The Luminaries for Christmas and it is currently prettying up my mantle. I’m not quite ready to tackle another long book after finishing The Goldfinch (which I think is the longest book ever). I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying The Luminaries!

  5. My week involved getting back into the swing of work and college after the Christmas holiday. I also finished my first book of 2014 The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley.

    • Isn’t it so hard readjusting to real life after the holidays?
      I have always wanted to read Susanna Kearsley – I must get to her sometime this year.

  6. I haven’t read much this week, like Jessica I’m still getting back to the routine, but I’m continuing Suite Francais and enjoying it a lot. Sounds like you’ll be able to complete the 30s and 40s pretty easily 🙂

    • Yes, I’ll have no problem with the thirties and forties – it’s the seventies and eighties that will give me fits!
      I’ve heard so many good things about Suite Francaise – a patron at the library just recommended it to me. I own a copy so I really should read it soon.

  7. I am reading two books: High Rising and The Goldfinch. Enjoying both of them!

  8. piningforthewest

    I enjoyed High Rising but also Mrs Tim, although not as much. I’m reading Ivanhoe and Lanark, both of them for the Read Scotland 2014 challenge.

    • Mrs. Tim is fun, but her time in the Highlands is driving me crazy! It is too long and not as enjoyable to read about as her usual day to day domestic life.
      Are you still enjoying Ivanhoe?

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