Sunday, October 31, 2010
Posting from Hawaii
I did try very hard to find appropriate books to bring, but since I couldn't face James Michener's Hawaii, the closest thing I could find on my to-read shelf was The Wives of Henry Oades, a contemporary historical fiction book I won in a giveaway from Suey several months ago. It's actually set in New Zealand, but it's in the South Pacific, so I figured it was somehow appropriate. I started it today (while waiting for my husband outside the convention center) and I'm enjoying it so far.
However, nearly every other book I brought with me is set in England! Here are the other books I brought:
Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons -- finished on the plane (nine hours total, plus a layover in Dallas).
The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- (I had to bring at least one Persephone).
Greenery Street by Denis Mackail -- okay, another Persephone. I've signed up for the Persephone Christmas Exchange. This is research. Really.
Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope -- because I signed up for the upcoming Trollope feature on The Classics Circuit. It is 825 pages long, so I need to get cracking. I've read 80 pages and it's good so far, so this is promising.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Set in Sweden, but it's in the summer, and it's summer here all year round. Close enough. And it's short.
Native Books. I walked and walked and walked and got frustrated and (after visiting the Iolani Royal Palace) I broke down and bought it at Barnes and Noble, which actually had a really big selection of Hawaiiana. But I feel guilty because I know if people don't support independents, they'll all go out of business. Of course I got back to the hotel and looked it up -- I was only a block away!!! Grrrr. I'll just have to go back and buy something else before I have to leave.