Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Book, Two Book, Three Book Meme

This has been all over the blogsophere lately and I don't know why it took me so long to join in!  I first saw this on Simon's blog, Stuck in a Book:

1.  The book I'm currently reading:

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens.  Well, I should say it's the book I'm currently trying hardest to finish.  I'm actually reading three books at the same time, but I need to get this one done since I'm blogging about it on Saturday for The Classics Circuit.

2.  The last book I finished:

Kindred by Octavia Butler.  It's the second I've completed for my reading swap with Amanda of The Zen Leaf)

3.  The next book I want to read:

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.  I know someone blogged about it recently and I was intrigued, but I can't remember who it was.   Sorry!

4. The last book I bought:

Mr. Skeffington by Elizabeth von Arnim.   I got this a couple of weeks ago at a tiny antiquarian bookstore in Fredericksburg, TX -- a first edition! 

5. The last book I was given: 

I should have zoomed in a little closer.  It's The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart. This was a Mother's Day gift, one of several Persephones, actually.

So much book loot! 


  1. Oh what an interesting selection of books! I think Peyton Place was featured on a couple of blogs a few moons ago and it did seem intriguing and perhaps a little uncomfortable. I look forward to your review of Dombey and Son... always interested in the less marketed Dickens novels. Mr Skeffington looks absolutely delightful.

  2. What a fun meme! Great book choices -- I particularly like Peyton Place!

  3. Fun stuff. I saw the review for Peyton Place not long ago at Savidge Reads. Looks good.

  4. Your edition of Mr Skeffington looks wonderful. What a find!

  5. Cristina -- I'm making progress with Dombey. It was dragging a bit in the middle but it has suddenly gotten much more interesting.

    Col -- Peyton Place is such a part of pop culture, I really feel like I should read it.

    Picky -- I don't think I've read Savidge Reads! Thanks for the tip, looks like a great blog.

    Claire -- that WAS an exciting find! The store also had an 1880s edition of Mansfield Park. For $300!! Sadly, I had to pass on that one.

  6. Yours is an eclectic selection! But since I'm trying hard not to buy any new books this year I won't join in with this meme, I've already recently featured most of my answers.

  7. Lovely copy of Mr Skeffington. Have you ever seen the movie with Bette Davis & Claude Rains? I think they renamed it Mrs S, probably because Bette got top billing!

  8. Karen, I've been meaning to use this meme - I've seen it everywhere and thought it was a fun one. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Peyton Place.

  9. Yay for Peyton Place! I reviewed it within the past few weeks and thought it was awesome.

  10. Had to go pop over and read more about Peyton Place - I was unaware it was set in New England. but, goodness! the author's story is sad. Should be a fascinating review when you get to it.
    and yippee for more Persephones.

  11. I adore The Runaway, one of my favourite Persephones - and such beautiful illustrations.

    I don't know anything about Mr. Skeffington, but I want to read more E von A...

  12. Peyton Place was a surprise!! ; )
    This is a fun meme. I'll have to do it when I need a post idea.

  13. Interesting list. Is the Kindred any good?

  14. Oh I'm interested in Peyton Place, too. I'm always looking for classic American novels by women writers and I believe this was something of a blockbuster in its day. I await your review.

  15. I thought Kindred was fantastic. I hope you get a chance to review it!