Welcome to another month of WOYBS!
What have I been reading?
As we were away I missed last month’s WOYBS but I can tell you I was far too busy with my granddaughter Dottie to have much time to read.
I have now managed to read a few books since my last post, Books Make the world go around, and have also entered the NetGalley world with The Butterfly Collector by Tea Cooper (3 stars). It will be released later this year and was an enjoyable read by an Australian author I haven’t read before. I will go and look for some of her others now.
I really enjoyed The Brewer’s Tale (4 stars) and The Locksmith’s Daughter (5 stars) both by Karen Brooks. I was so glad to finally finish listening to Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (3 stars), it just took forever and I don’t really think all that much happened to be honest! And I finished Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (4 stars) which took me a while to get into but then finished quite abruptly just as I was really getting into it!
I’m late to the Jane Austen party
I confess to having not read much (if any) of Jane’s work before now, but I’m a huge fan. As our online bookclub has been reading our way through the Jane Austen catalogue it was a no-brainer that I visit the Jane Austen Centre in Bath while I was in England last month.
We both have an affinity with Bath as the Mathematician taught there for a year when we were on a Teacher Exchange 30 years ago ( I say we as it was a whole family adventure although technically speaking he was the only one in the family on the actual exchange). So any opportunity to visit the City of Bath and we’re there! It meant an earlier than usual start to the day, dropping Dottie off at Nursery on the way to Bristol, taking the Park and Ride bus into Bristol Temple Meads railway station and then catching a very fast train to Bath. We were there by 10am and despite the morning rain we enjoyed a wander around together before parting ways, he to explore his old haunts and me to the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street Bath. The rain had eased and the sun was trying to make an appearance so all was right with the world!
I was greeted inside by Edward Ferrars, from Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and taken on a tour of Jane’s family history, her writing, her time in Bath and learnt lots of interesting things, like how to hold a fan in order to communicate with it! (Aside: My tour guide was actually a young man who came from Brisbane – we clicked as fellow Aussies do but he didn’t let his accent slip at all!)
I tried my hand at writing with a quill and ink, quite splodgy, played Regency style dress-ups with Edward taking my photo with Mr Darcy, bought some gifts in the gift shop and then indulged in a delightful morning tea in the upstairs Regency Tea Room with a view over Bath from my window table.
I sat there enjoying my Jane Austen blend tea, eating toasted tea cakes with jam while reading my bookclub’s latest, Jane’s Mansfield Park, and communed with her as best I could. It was lovely!
Later, after perusing the shops along the way, I met up with the Mathematician outside the Bath Abbey and we enjoyed a delicious lunch in a laneway cafe in glorious sunshine. We then meandered along the canal and river which we had ridden bikes along a few weeks earlier.
(Aside: In the TMI basket, I must tell you that the quote above from Mansfield Park, was on the back of the toilet door, quite appropriate given our bookclub’s current reading! I checked and the other toilet had a quote from S&S on its door, so that wouldn’t have done at all!)
What I’m reading at the moment (or trying to)
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (paperback) – online bookclub but haven’t actually started this yet
- Clancy of the Overflow (book 9, the final in the Matilda Saga) by Jackie French (via Audible)
- The Wattle Island Bookclub by Sandie Docker (ebok via IndyReads)
- The Murder of Mr Wickham by Claudia Gray (put on hold until I finish all of Jane’s books – via Audible)
- A Three Dog Problem by S J Bennett (ebook from BorrowBox)
- Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – for local bookclub but not started yet (paperback)
Will you join us?
If you’re into reading, please feel free to join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately. We’ve added a linkup (at the end of my post) so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted about for the month as well.
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series.
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Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). Next linkup: Friday 21 October 2022
Why: Share a love of reading.
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Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. You can use the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
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