I read one book this week, but it was a good one–Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell. I actually really liked it and the edition I read had very helpful endnotes and a glossary.
I have been really yearning for classics right now, so Cranford really hit the spot. I think part of the reason is because I am completely obsessed right now with collecting both Persephones and Penguin’s clothbound classics. Of the latter, I only have one. Yes, you guessed it–Cranford!
The only place where I have seen them is at Anthropologie, but they are also available on Penguin’s website. I love having nice editions of old classics, and these have embossed linen covers. I don’t know when I will be able to purchase more, but hopefully soon!
Obviously Persephone was something I learned about through other blogs. I now have four of the Persephone classics (with one on the way).
–Mariana, by Monica Dickens
–The Making of a Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
–Little Boy Lost, by Marghanita Laski (coming soon!)
–Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple
–Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
My mom bought all but the Laski one for me (isn’t she so nice?!). Apparently the woman who owns the knitting store she frequents is from England and she sells the Persephone classics in her shop. She told my mom the other day that she has quite a respectable collection of the regular Persephones at home, of which I have ordered four but who knows when they will make their way here from across the sea. In fact, I have absolutely no idea what I ordered, although I know there was another Dorothy Whipple in there!
So anyway, that’s enough rambling for one day. I have pretty much gotten all my household chores done, and although I have some laundry to occupy me, I am hoping to spend the rest of the night reading! I hope everyone else has had a nice Sunday so far!