Library Loot! and WWW Wednesdays
Claire at The Captive Reader is sponsoring Library Loot wherein we share what we have checked out from the library. Great idea for a meme! And Should be Reading is hosting WWW Wednesdays focused on what have just read (discussed here), currently reading (below), and soon to be reading (also below).
So, I have:
#174) The Priory by Dorothy Whipple is the only book I have checked out right now – that is through Interlibrary Loan from our university library. I’m sort of thankful that I’m not responding to this earlier as I returned about 20 books earlier this week! This 1930s story of the Marwoods pivots on Anthea, the 37 year old addition to the family – Major Marwood’s new wife who is happily pregnant – and whether she can craft a happy life for herself from within this family with a long history of self-satisfied limbo. I got caught up in this question early on, watching Anthea (who had been reading books on how to be happy, how modern of her!) enter as a passive, yearning woman ready to mold herself around other people and then begin to fight her way forward. I was pessimistic – I don’t remember a more static, awful family in a novel. But we watch her taking baby steps forward with preliminary success…
On the interlibrary loan/hold front, I have six books on order:
177) The Great Mr. Knight by Dorthy Whipple (hard copy, library)
178) Islanders by Helen R. Hull (hard copy, library)
179) The Other Day: The World of a Child by Dorothy Whipple (autobiography, hard copy, library)
180) Random Commentary (compiled from notebooks and journals from 1925 onwards) by Dorothy Whipple (hard copy, library)
181) A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39 by Nicola Beauman (hard copy, library)
182) The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity, and Bohemianism by Nicola Humble (hard copy, library)
Just like Christmas!
Happy reading, Ruby