Hello! Welcome to Gudrun’s Tights. I’ve been blogging here since April 2011, but I started my first blog in 2006. Cousins Read was an attempt for several of my cousins and I to talk about books while living in different states. I discovered through that earlier effort that I love writing about books and my literary passions. When I realized that I was the lone contributor to Cousins Read (my cousins all became busy with children and school), I decided to go solo and began writing at Gudrun’s Tights on my own.
I was raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona (where I still live) by a non-literary family who’ve nevertheless always supported my reading habit and my anglophile bent. I only started reading voraciously when I was 14 or 15, but once in, I was in. Except for a brief period during grad school, I have always had a novel in hand, on my bedside table, in my purse or in my car. I truly cannot live without books.
I’ve always loved classics, especially British ones. Gudrun’s Tights will feature a fair amount of classics from the Victorian Era to mid-century titles, but I also try to read some contemporary novels that particularly appeal to me. I don’t deliberately read a majority of female authors – it has just turned out that way!
A few of my favorite books include:
My Antonia + Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Possession + The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
Fingersmith + The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Coventry + The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I’m also a librarian, spinster aunt, and cat-lover. And, in addition to books, I like: baseball, tennis, tv, photography, cooking, Victorian history, writing and social networking.
I wish I liked: knitting, sewing, hiking, exercising. Maybe some day