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The weather was nice enough yesterday that I got outside doing some chores and even visited my garage which I built on the other end of the lot. The second story has a cache of books I've rescued from oblivion over the last 20 years. I've got most of the house books catalogued, it's time to poke around out there and find out just what treasures I have. I brought a towering armload into the house yesterday, but kept going with other tasks, so all I know is that they all fit the pre-1950 tag. I'm all atwitter to get home and play in the pile.
Ooh, that's sounds marvellous!
I nicked out to my academic library yesterday lunchtime to hunt down a book, which was listed as available but was not on the shelf - I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!! So as consolation I grabbed two other books from nearby, purely on the basis of "tattered but still lovely". They turned out to be:
Weekend At Hurtmore by Mary Lutyens
The Path Of Love by Norma Octavia Lorimer
I know nothing about either writer, though both seem to have been fairly prolific - anyone?
I don't know either of those authors, but I wonder if Norma Lorimer (b. 1864) is the sister of George Horace Lorimer. He was the editor of several magazines, particularly The Saturday Evening Post, and author of a couple of novels himself.
ETA - nope, with a little more searching, I found that Norma is from Scotland. George was raised in Louisville, KY.
BTW, there's a very small group called Book Quotations -
I use it to keep track of quotations in several catagories. It's the inner librarian, I like to make lists.
I keep a separate document for each of my reads, where I keep all the quotations that interested me from the book. Then I can refer to them easily as I prepare my review. While I'm in the book doing editing, I also copy some of the best of those quotations into its CK. I enjoy reading the quotes that others have included before I got there.
That's great! I always hate to investigate a book on LT and have no description, no review, nothing to consider about it except maybe a cover. I'm trying to add favorite quotes as I go along, too.
I snuck another armful of books out of the garage last evening, and I'm adding them today. I was thrilled to discover I own several "Scribner's $2.50 series of Illustrated Classics for Younger Readers." These are turn of the century editions illustrated by the likes of N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and Jessie Wilcox Smith. One still has the dustcover, with the entire series listed on the back sheet.
Love finding treasures in my own stash that I forgot I had. Looking forward to seeing all your new adds on LT 2wonderY.
My daughter got me 2 new bookcases for my birthday - of course i filled them both that day but, such a joy to have that many more on display and no longer in boxes. Running out of wall space tho darn it!
The weather is so nice here, I got my yard mowed and trimmed and still had time to root around in the garage. The main goals were to find 3/4" plywood (found) and drag out stuff for possible disposal. Of course I grabbed a handful of novels, and now I realize why the books aren't very familiar. They are my deceased husband's family books. When his mother died, I was the only one interested enough to salvage them. Many of them are inscribed 'Grace Pease' or 'Alice Engle' the two great aunts who got out and saw the wider world. My girls will be glad to have them at some point, I'm thinkin'.
I've been up in the attic, tearing up the place. (I plan to move household in a few years, and it's time to start sorting and maybe disposing of 30 years' accumulation of stuff.) There is a tiny bookshelf up there with some old favorites on it. I had an Edna Ferber stage as a young adult, and I have an appreciable stack of her novels there. I thought it would be easy to dispose of the entire stack - "I'll never read those again." Famous last words. In my younger years, I enjoyed her story telling. With more seasoning, I am so enjoying her word craft. I'll be adding them over the next few days with opening paragraphs. She's good at the quick grab-you.
I think I'll have time to grab some more out of the garage this weekend. tee hee.
Re #8: Any chance of sharing the list on the back cover of the book you mention with us? I would like to see which I have read and which I maybe should read.
I'll scan it on Monday and post it here.
Welcome to our little group.
Busy weekend. The weather was wonderful and I got to spend some time working in the yard. Saturday, the grands were up to attend our local multi-cultural festival. Good music, food, lots of cool crafts to appreciate.
I grabbed a double handful of books late last evening, and I'm so impressed by my forgotten stash. This is a combination of books discarded by the rest of my husband's family after his mother's generation passed, and other random treasures I've squirreled away. Very wonderful covers on most of them, particularly a lizard skin cover on Robert Hardy's Seven Days, and inscribed by an ancestor. Also more Henry van Dyke titles which are always handomely bound.
Yeah (short rant) the rest of the family grabbed the antiques and left all of the family papers and the books that had graced the previous generations homes. I saved the important stuff from the trash (even the framed portraits of ancestors!) Thankfully, my children appreciate this stuff.
Here is the Scribner's list:
Thanks for posting the list, Wonder. I have read 12 of the titles. But this gives me an excuse to read The Mysterious Island, which I have not read. The Verne books I have read are:
2623. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, by Jules Verne Annotated by Walter James Miller (read 4 Jul 1994)
3951. Around the World In Eighty Days, by Jules Verne translated by Geo. M. Towle (read 1 Nov 2004)
4199. A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne (read 18 Aug 2006)
4204. From the Earth to the Moon, by Jules Verne Translated by Jacqueline and Robert Baldick (read 1 Sep 2006)
oh my gosh! Look at the detail in your record keeping all the way back to (and possibly beyond) 1994. You must be a natural born liberrian.
I think I've read 12 or 13. I've never heard of Louis Dodge, Noah Brooks or F. B. Linderman (whom LT doesn't recognize either.) The publisher considered them to be classics in the same vein as the others, I suppose. Or maybe they were relatives.
I too have never heard of Louis Dodge, Noah Brooks, or F. B. Linderman. But Google gives 450,000 or so hits on Linderman.
My record keeping on books I have read goes back to the time I learned how to read--about 1934 or so, though the first books I record as having read are in 1936. I only recorded "library books", not textbooks, nor books not read cover-to-cover.
*Hey, battuh, battah!*
Y'all are too quiet. Tell what you're reading.
I built me a dandy bookcase this week. Three feet wide, six feet high. It's in my new Kentucky home, where I've been practicing limiting the number of books, as I'm still in serious construction mode. But as soon as it is fastened in place, I can bring some boxes of books from WV and not be without choices of reading matter.
PS: The roof is being replaced this week, so I can be assured they won't get water damaged. I can remove several puddle buckets scattered around the house.
Not much reading lately. Got my very first pair of trifocals Tuesday. I get home from work and need to just close my eyes. Am SLOWLY reading the GGB version of the Chalet School Christmas book. Asthma and allergies getting to me right now, too. Very tired from the vision adjustments, the asthma and congestion. This will pass...
I hope you feel better MD. Ragweed is starting to sprout around here.
I had a pipe burst yesterday. It was outside so no books were involved.
I'm still reading The Great Impersonation. It's a nice mix of various things I like. Old books, Spies and a bit of Gothic romance. There is a countryhouse with a crazy wife locked up and a ghost in the woods. It's from a man's POV so that's different for a gothic.
I'm also reading the Fountainhead. A bit serious for this site but it shares the interest in people's character. In the words of Sondheim in the pre-1950 world , it was more important to be good than nice.
We are in the thick of fall harvest, so I'm not getting a lot of sit-down-and-read time. I am listening to some audio books while I work in the barn, but it's not my favourite way to read.
There is a big booksale coming up next weekend, so hopefully I'll have some free time (and enough energy) to go to that. It's an hour and a half drive to get there, so it's pretty much a full day event for me.
>23--I can relate about the glasses. I've had mine for about 2 years now, so I've adjusted, but it isn't as good as it was before I was middle-aged.
I'm trying to get through Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad. It finally has more plot than expected, however improbable it may be. I'm not really warming to any of the characters, just trying to finish out of a sense of responsibility. I SO like the covers of this set! But I may end up tossing them.
As a salve to my dislike of the AJN book just above, I opened Cowardice Court and always enjoy it. I picked up another copy and will probably offer it as a giveaway, once I decide which one I want to keep. It's one of those few books that has decorative borders on each page.
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