Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday's Book

Before I start on my new project, let me welcome Polly's Path a new follower of my blog. And I'm thrilled to have found yet another animal caregiver, who works hard to save a newborn goat's life and also finds a new puppy while hubby is away. Or maybe, the puppy found her, as puppies will do. Check out her blog, it's delightful.

I have no idea how this will work, but I've decided to set aside Wednesdays to write about books I've read recently. I have always been a reader. I remember my dad taking me to the library when I was a kid and how I just loved everything about it, the smell, the feel of a book, the anticipation of what would be inside that red cover. Yes, all the books in the Stockholm library system were red back then. And I still feel that same excitement today when I enter a bookstore or go to the library. I'm not going to say that a Kindle wouldn't be for me, just that I love to hold and read a "real" book.

This will be a challenge for me and a bit of a scary project. I'll probably only write about the books I liked. Because the ones I don't like I won't read. Some of those I may put away for later and I may change my mind, as I give them a second chance. That's what happened with Christine Falls, the book I'm reading now.

I will begin this journey with the books I've read since my accident. That will give me a few to get started with.

The first book is an autobiography by a very special author:

Time To Be In Earnest
a fragment of an autobiography
by P. D. James

One of my favorite writers of detective novels, or as I learned from her, mysteries here in the US, P. D. James is the only author I read with a dictionary close by. There I am, reading about a murder in East Anglia, and I know from experience that I will encounter a word I'll need to look up. I love that about her -- she truly makes you see the beauty of the English language, a second language for me, but one that I love.

P. D. James began this book in 1997, on her 77th birthday, and kept it as a diary of her 77th year. She used the diary format to look back on her life, while writing about her current life during that year. An unusual approach to writing an autobiography, but one that I found to be an enjoyable and satisfying read. She writes so well about an interesting life and a very full year: Completing a book, promoting the book, traveling, attending events, spending time with many friends, often traveling with them, and so on. I love to see how she manages all that at 77. I used to read her books years ago. When I found many at our local library, I started to read them again and also read some new ones. I enjoy books that bring England and especially London back to me.

This book was a gift from my friend, Jane. (We pass books back and forth, but recently she's been sending me many, something I'm so grateful for.)


  1. Great idea Inger......Wednesday's Books.
    Haven't read any of P.D.James' mysteries but what a good way to get to know her as a writer...her autobiography. Thanks and look forward to Wednesdays.
    I'll check out Polly's Path.

  2. hej Inger, ser du ska skriva om böcker dy läst, spännande. har precis avslutat boken av debutanten Jonas Johansson " hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann" fantastisk bok. Måste du läsa. Har inte kunnat skriva på din blogg (problem med min dator, se mailet jag skickat dig)
    Allt är bar här hemma i Sveriga, sommaren är underbar. Må så gott kramar från Sweden

  3. Polly and I are on first name basis already! LOL! She ought to write a book and call it "Good Golly, Miss Polly!" I think she could use her blog as an outline and it would run along the stream of The Perils of Pauline!
    I love books too, I am anxious to get my eyes fixed so that I can really read again and get lost in the stories I love so well!

  4. Jabacue: You will love Polly. P. D. James, maybe.

    Petra: Vad roligt att fa se din kommentar igen. Hoppas att Johansson blir oversatt till engelska.
    Eftersom det ar sa dyrt att skicka pa posten.

    Sharon: I love Polly already. What a good heart! And you too, facing your adversities with both common sense and a marvelous sense of humor.

  5. Shamefully admitting I am not an avid reader, I can't keep my attention that long, unless it is a really really good book. Usually I read at night in bed and then fall asleep, but can't remember the next night how far I gotten and start anew, only to fall asleep again..I really go past page five on a I do intend to read books, I love going to the book stores and a have a good collection of books, just not read them day...maybe. So I wlll be definitely looking forward to your book reports, at least I can then say I heard of that book and know what it is about. lol...

  6. Tat sounds fascinating. I've not read many mysteries, but I think I will get to know P.D. James through reading her autobiography. What a great idea, to review a book every Wednesday!

  7. Tina: We can't all be the same, you know. Some people like to read, some people like to knit, and you love your donks. I only read in bed these days too, so it takes me a while to read a book.
    Louise: I love Swedish and English mysteries. They often describe police procedures and have to set a stage of time and place. I don't like the hard-boiled American kind of mystery.

  8. Thanks for the sweet welcome. You and Sharon both are so kind to welcome new readers that way.
    I feel the same way about books-keep the Kindle. In fact, our church installed an electronic screen last year and stopped printing the hymns in the program-I am one of the few who buck the technology and leaf through the old hymnal, just because I love seeing the notes as they flow with the words of the song, and I like holding that book, darn it.
    This sounds like a good book. I love biographies, my favorite, actually.

  9. Polly: Thanks, I saw Sharon and Louise greet new followers and thought it was so nice and welcoming. I would definitely not like a screen in church. I guess it's the way of the future.

  10. The book reviews idea on Wednesdays is a great one:) Since I don't seem to find the time to read much anymore, I'll live vicariously through your reads and reviews. You made me laugh about the dictionary. Yes, I too have had the dictionary close by with certain books I've read in the past. I hate not knowing what something means -- it can affect the whole sentence.

  11. Rachael: So good to see you on my blog again. Hopefully it will soon be in "real" life.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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