Sunday already? Spring is in full bloom in central New York. My daily walks have become more colorful, people seem more cheerful, and the Saturday Farmers' Market has opened for another season. Local offerings are still scarce, but will grow more plentiful as the season progresses.
Book Sale season is just around the corner, too. Since I'm back on the board of the local Friends of the Library, I have to carve out time for a couple of book sorting sessions each week. I've often thought that with more and more people using e-readers our book donations would be down, but that is definitely not the case. Lots of work to be done there!
This week I was consumed by life in Barsetshire. Every free moment was devoted to Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope, which I finished on Thursday. It was another 5-star read, and I am prepared to declare Mr. Trollope my new favorite author. Now I must decide what to read until July when our #6Barsets Project continues with Framley Parsonage. Do I possess enough willpower to wait six weeks? That remains to be seen.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas ButlerI borrowed this book from the library, but also downloaded the audio version when I discovered it was a multi-narrator production... can't seem to resist those!
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The movie still hasn't opened here. I think I have at least another week.
On the blog//
With all the time spent in Barsetshire this week, there was not much left for blogging. But I did introduce a new series, Pages from the Past. I've kept a reading journal for years and each month I will highlight one year... stand-outs, stinkers, book club favorites, and anything else significant.
This week's post: Pages from the Past: My 1998 Reading Journal
I haven't been accepting review copies and am trying to read more from my own stacks and kindle, so there haven't been many new books to speak of lately. But I was browsing in one of my favorite indie book stores on Mother's Day and also succumbed to a couple of kindle deals.
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Pevear & Volokhonsky translation
The White Queen: A Novel (Cousins War Series Book 1) by Philippa Gregory
The week ahead//
... will hopefully be a little more productive as far as blogging goes. I'm looking forward to my SIL's midweek visit. The other big event is Twin A's boyfriend's college graduation and party coming up on Saturday. They've been together for a few years now... seems like he's part of the family.
Today we have a few outdoor chores - gutters to clean, round-up to spray, herb garden to plant... and then maybe some reading time?
How was your week? What are you reading?