@theardentbiblio’s prompt today is “sorry, didn’t love it,” and so I’m going to talk about what I HATE talking about.
I have the HARDEST time admitting when I don’t love a book. I tend to go easy on most works of art in general. I will carefully guard my private time and collections (ie, not finish a book, listen to an artist, or hang a painting in my home if I don’t love it), but publicly I find it excruciating to speak at any volume if I didn’t love something. I’d rather say nothing than give an unfavorable report, when push comes to shove. It’s a TAD ironic, because I am quick to gush over things, and if others feel differently, I honestly don’t mind. Double standard. Amiright?
I’m working on it, but it’s hard for me. The internet has shrunk our world, and it’s now likely that an emerging author will actually read highly critical or scathing reviews of what they’ve poured a TON of into. I realize that’s part of the point. We actually have the ability to influence authors (Amazing!), but as someone that thrives on encouraging others, it’s hard for me to put out harsh words, even if they’re honest. Now, if we’re talking close friends who come to me and ASK for my critical eye over a cup of coffee, I’m your girl♀️, on any subject, or otherwise🤷🏻♀️#theardentbiblioreads#bookcollection
Today has been a day dropped out of December into March, as Anne of Green Gables didn't quite say - hers was a June day dropped into April, which is a much more appealing prospect. One happy outcome of unseasonably wintry days is that one may feel entirely guilt-free at the prospect of leaving the curtains firmly closed against the cold driving rain, and settling in for the long-haul with a pile of good books and a ready supply of warming drinks. For this week's #getfoxed60 celebration of the Slightly Foxed archive we've turned the clock back to the autumn of 2009 and Issue 23, 'Social Climbing', with Gary Bunt's hibernal cover scene featuring a windswept man and his little dog making their way home - which really oughtn't to feel seasonal in March, but there we go! In this issue, there's: Jeremy Noel-Tod & @robgmacfarlane on night-climbing in Cambridge, Jeremy Lewis on Michael Wharton's chequered career, as described in his memoir The Missing Will; Alice O'Keefe on Pedro Juan Gutiérrez's world 'where people were actually living, where they were sweating and dancing and dying and having sex ...' of the Dirty Havana Trilogy; Linda Leatherbarrow on Richard Mabey's 1972 classic, Food for Free; Michele Hanson on Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (a book which failed to delight the ladies of her friend's North London bookgroup); Simon Lawrence on the forgotten comic novelist Sarah Caudwell; A.E. Roberts on Alan Garner's magical parallel worlds in Elidor, Daisy Hay on going on a literary pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island, and much more besides.
To enter the giveaway please head over to the lovely feed of @heitermagazine right away. We'll be announcing the winner of Issue 22 from @thebluestockingclub when we're back at our desks on Monday morning. Meantime, we wish you all a happy book-filled Sunday wherever in the world you may be. Stay warm good #bookworms 🦊
Juniper Books has created a stunning set of Bronte Books with dust jackets that emulate the gorgeous Art Deco designs of the past.These were an unexpected gift...that touched my heart deeply. And it reminds me of the power of giving, and that I can also give unexpected gifts. This heavy box was sitting on my front porch with the rain pouring down. I had come home soaking wet from helping with afternoon school dismissal. I changed into a warm, cozy robe, my husband fixed me a pot of hot Paris tea, and I opened and held each book as if it were a diamond necklace. The Juniper Books catalogue in the package is a gift in itself, and I featured it in a video post earlier. I will treasure this collection always...do you have a book set or collection that you particularly treasure?