I've been trying to read my way through the entire Persephone book list, and as much as I would like to own every single one of these beautiful dove-grey editions, I realized that it would cost almost as much as a plane ticket to England. So I have been utilizing my library's interlibrary loan option as much as possible. Not only are they free, but it's really fun to get books from Arkansas or Boston or from whatever college library is willing to send them -- and some of the editions are beautiful, and even really old.
But I did go a little crazy back in March when I realized that I was not limited to only five ILL requests -- I could request up to ten! Without thinking it through I requested nine Persephones (and one future Persephone, to be reprinted next year), assuming that first of all, I might not get all of them, and secondly, that it would take forever. Ha! Within a month all ten had arrived and I had another month to finish every one, not to mention various books for book group, plus I had to start reading an 800 page volume of Dickens for the Classics Circuit. What the heck was I thinking?
Foolishly, I did not take a photo to record my ambitious stack of checkouts for posterity, but here's a list of what I ordered and received:
- Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton
- The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Every Eye by Isobel English
- The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
- The Village by Marghanita Laski
- Doreen by Barbara Noble
- The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff
- The Hopkins Manuscript by R.C. Sherriff
- Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple (technically not a Persphone, but I think they're reissuing it in 2012)
- On the Other Side: Letters to My Children From Germany, 1940-1946 by Matilde Wolff-Monckeberg
I do regret not blogging about these reads more faithfully -- I've only written reviews of two of them so far. However, in the next couple of days I hope to write reviews or at least mini-reviews of the rest of them in a sort of round-up posting.
Does anyone else overdo it with ILLs? Do you rearrange your reading schedule to fit them in or return them unread? I know I'm not the only one who checks out way too many library books, but ILLs are a special category. I'd love to know if I'm not the only one with this problem!