I’ve been absent from the Salon for a few weeks now. Nothing’s wrong, I’ve just been busy with work, family, and the garden. My last Salon post was a recap of my first quarter reading, in which I gloated over having read more books than I acquired in the first quarter of the year. And then, in the space of a few weeks, I managed to completely blow that reading resolution. I fell victim to a particularly potent combination of Paperbackswap and my Virago-reading friends on LibraryThing.
First, one Virago reader posted two books on Paperbackswap which happened to be on my wish list:
As it happened, this same Virago reader was going through some serious house cleaning. A few days later, four more Viragos became available. These are lesser-known works (at least to me), but I’m not picky when it comes to Virago collecting.
And then, for reasons I can’t really explain, I decided it was time for me to read E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia series. Paperbackswap to the rescue again!
I have to say that when these Moyer Bell editions arrived, I was smitten. They are in mint condition and the covers are gorgeous. I suddenly felt I had to have the complete set — they would look so pretty on my new bookshelves! I promptly ordered volume 2 from Amazon (I have no restraint!), and wishlisted volumes 4-6 on Paperbackswap.
Oh, and I just happen to have 2 more Viragos on the way from Paperbackswap. I can’t believe my luck!
That’s 11 books altogether, all in a few short weeks. And I’ve read … erm … 4 books so far this month. Oops, so much for that reading resolution!