I find myself saying this every week, but thank goodness it’s the weekend again! Last week was deadline week (how do months go so quickly) and so after a good few days of ridiculously late nights and the madness of updating my entire computer at the same time I am really rather shattered which is why I am so thrilled that this weekend has not a single commitment in it, not even Highgate. In fact really this weekend is all about me and books as I am planning my own little hidden away book binge retreat.
As you read this I will be holed up in my room with cups of tea, or out in the park in a secret sunny spot reading away until my hearts content with a picnic to hand. What’s doubly exciting about that is that I have no idea what I am going to choose although I suspect that one of these could be somewhere in the mix…
It’s the entire ‘Mapp and Lucia’ series by E. F Benson which the lovely Novel Insights got me for my birthday (along with a Wizard of Oz tea towel, so I have been really spoilt) which she hadn’t managed to get to me until we had an emergency ‘we must see each other right now’ coffee at the start of the week. I am beyond thrilled with this set as I have been coveting it and its delightful covers for ages. And this print run has the most wonderful covers, here’s the first two of the series to illustrate…
I am fairly inclined to think that what lies in the pages inside is just as delightful as the cover and ‘Queen Lucia’ will be put to the test very soon. I must try not to over hype it all in my head before I read it though, I am very good at that on occasion and then any disappointment is all my own doing.
I am also going to be doing some plotting and planning this weekend. I am not leaving the blogosphere, but I do need to look more at why and what I am blogging. I mentioned this in my Contemporary vs. Classic post, I feel I have lost my original direction and intentions for the blog so maybe a revamp and a new direction are called for, all good food for thought (if anything goes missing or a bit awry over the next few days do bear with it). I don’t know why but something in the air tells me that something needs to give or change a bit.
It’s also in part to just how muc more busy I have suddenly got. What with all my work commitments (I just got another small promotion and a new freelance contract), setting up a second home and second life in Brazil (6 months here, 6 months there and no more winters is the plan) an big writing project and trying to have some sort of social life I have been finding it harder both to blog and to pop to everyone’s blog. I spent about three hours trying to catch up on four days of other peoples posts last night and most of it was reading and lurking rather than commenting so much. Its all about time management and having fun, fun, fun – not that fun should be managed. So the thinking cap on and one of (the far too many that I bought in Paperchase this week) my notebooks will be by my side at all reading points this weekend for brainwaves should they appear. Any constructive suggestions and thoughts welcomed of course.
Right, time for the main reason I love this Bookish Bits posts, no not the fact I get to waffle about little bits on the bookish brain etc, the bit where I hand over to you all for tales of what you have all been reading, coveting, not loving so much and recommending from your bookish week, and what you are all doing over the weekend. So I will hand over to you and yours and all you’re latest without further ado.