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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

It's that time of year again, at least for me! Unlike previous years, when I have spent a few happy hours over the week or so before we go away gathering together my collection of books for the holiday, this year I only plan to take away two 'real' books. One of them is 'The Avignon Quintet', which, not surprisingly is actually five Lawrence Durrell novels. The other is Richard Yates' 'Young Hearts Crying', which I picked up in a charity shop a few weeks ago.

The rest of the reading matter will be selected from my Kindle. I should have ample material there to keep me going for a couple of weeks: short stories for the journey, lots of classics, some newish titles, a couple of biographies, in fact something for every mood, but minus the complaints from my husband about the amount of space in the car that my books require. All I need do is remember to take the charger!

I'm toying with the idea of adding another Elizabeth Taylor title to the Kindle. As with Lawrence Durrell, this year marks the centenary of her birth, but unlike Durrell, her publishers seem to have had the foresight to reissue her books, including Kindle versions. I read 'A View of the Harbour' a few weeks ago and loved it - it is now up there with 'At Mrs Lippincote's' as a favourite. Perhaps 'Palladian' or 'The Soul of Kindness', neither of which I have read before. Any views?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read either of those Taylors, Chris - nor had I seen that her books had been reissued in Kindle versions.  I might have to join you with one of the unread ones - can't let her centenary go unmarked!

Ooh, I do love Richard Yates...what a fine list of books you have there!


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, I'm feeling at once very pleased and very stupid! I was browsing through Amazon this morning, when I happened to notice that there was a 'pre-order' on my account. I couldn't remember pre-ordering anything, so I pulled up the details and found that I had bought myself a Kindle copy of Elizabeth Taylor's Short Stories, to be published on 21st June.

I'm pretty sure I must have done that back at the end of March, when I had some vouchers to spend. My excitement at the items which were delivered immediately must have caused me to forget about this little treat! I shall still be on holiday on 21st June, but will have to make sure that at some point that day, I am in WiFi range.

It's lovely to have something unexpected to look forward to in this way, but really, I could do without too many Senior Moments of this kind. I just hope it is not a sign of things to come...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that's a senior moment, Chris, I think it's easy to forget pre-orders when they are that far ahead!  I had the same thing (which is why I refuse to believe it's a senior moment!!) with something that was ordered months in advance (a reprint) and I'd forgotten until I got the email saying it had been delivered.  It was a lovely surprise - surprises are different from senior moments!


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the words of comfort, Evie! I daren't confess to my daughters, though - they have been convinced that 'Mum's losing it' for years! Very Happy


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-l wrote:
I read 'A View of the Harbour' a few weeks ago and loved it


I love that book too, Chris. I think it was the first one of hers I read. I have not come across The Soul of Kindness. I've become slightly phobic about my Kindle after I ended up reading it in various hospital corridors and A & E departments earlier this year, deperately trying to distract myself. I've been reading real books since then, and have piled up a few thrillers for my holiday in two months time, forgetting that I should take the Kindle. For some reason I'm much happer spending money on real books than virtual ones.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's any consolation, I once bought a secondhand bookshop "bargain", only to find when I got home that I already had it! And that was when I was in my 30s.  Embarassed



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're off to Devon tomorrow (I am so glad we are not camping this year) and I am planning to take with me The Great Gatsby (my next reading group book), Gervase Phinn's Over Hill and Dale (which I have been reading on and off since February) and my Kindle.  I am currently reading Thomas Hardy's Desperate Remedies on the Kindle, which I started a month ago, and which is taking me a long time to read due to lack of time...  I wonder whether I really need a typical light 'holiday read'-type book which I can race through effortlessly.




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