Happy Monday to one and all.
I’m returning from a week of vacation, so I’m grappling with reality and finding it a bit difficult today. Fortunately, I have a plan – during my lunch hour, I’ll be continuing one of the books I started on vacation. I’m very much hoping that will help me pretend I’m still soaking up the sun and relaxing.
I seriously overestimated the amount of reading time I would have on this vacation. I checked five books out of the library, borrowed two e-books on my Nook, and packed another book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for a few months that I really wanted to read. Guess how many books I read?
One. I read Elizabeth Peter’s book The Mummy Case since Miss Gwen gave me such a feeling of nostalgia for Amelia Peabody. I think Amelia and Miss Gwen would both scold my for my lack of focus.
The other book that I started, and that I hope to pick up again today, is Ross Poldark by Winston Graham. I will readily confess that I had never heard of this book until I started seeing ads for the new TV series. According to several reviewers, it can assist with Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms and it should appeal to those of us who love an enigmatic hero. I also follow Laurel Ann Nattress (the editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It, an anthology of Jane-inspired short stories with an entry from our friend Lauren Willig) on her blog and Twitter, and she was so enthused about the book and the TV series that she made me want to give them a try! I haven’t watched any of the series yet, but I’m about a third of the way through the book, and I’m definitely enjoying it. Ross has a decidedly North-and-South Mr. Thornton thing going on. I approve of this. Have any of you read the book, or any of the others in the Poldark series? Are you watching it on PBS? Can you tell me (without spoilers!) how you like it?
If Poldark is not on your radar, what are you reading on your summer vacations?