Friday, August 16, 2013

Different Reads

I have never been much of a romance reader, and except for mysteries, I don't read a lot of fiction. But, I think I have really missed something special by not reading the novels of Jane Austen. Years ago, I enjoyed reading her  Northanger Abbey, but didn't read any of her other works. Now, I am giving it another go with Persuasion and Mansfield Park. I think my daughter will be truly ready for these in a year or two, and I would like to be able to talk about them with her.

Another title I'm enjoying is Winston Graham's Ross Poldark:  A Novel of Cornwall (1783-1787).
Poldark is an English soldier returning home from fighting in the Colonies in the American Revolution. I am hooked. We have the Masterpiece Theater mini series from many years ago, and I plan to watch it when I am finished with this first book. 

DH and I have noticed that not only are we losing some of our favorite bookstores, but the ones that are still here are downsizing in the amount of books they're selling. Many of the larger chains sell lots of "stuff" in addition to a dwindling number of books. In my adult years, I have seen the demise of Borders, Walden Books, B Dalton--the so-called "Brick and Mortar" stores have been replaced with the Kindles, Nooks and Amazon!  I can't relate to the idea of reading a book on a device. Our children have Kindles but use them primarily for music and news (since we don't do the fancy phones). We all still love the thrill of bringing home a new book or even more so the feeling of an old book found in a used book store. I love the edition of  Poldark I found for this post. 
What are you reading this week? Old or new? Fiction or non?
Hope you're enjoying this gift from the Lord. 


  1. Would you believe I've never read a Jane Austen book? I have a problem with reading fiction. When I read I like it to be inspirational or historical. That's not to say I've never enjoyed a work of fiction. I recently discovered Sarah Jio and like her stories. I currently am reading Waking Up In Heaven by Crystal McVea. Enjoy your weekend! Twyla

  2. Ill read anything when I have time and can keep my eyes open. I like the feel of pages as opposed to scrolling. However I know you can download many classics for free from amazon onto kindle or devices that support kindle.

  3. Thanks, Twyla. I am surprised to find that I am getting a little more interested in some of the old mystery-romances. Can't really deal with the more recent stuff for lots of reasons. Sounds like you have a great reading list. Becky, I know what you mean--I always fall asleep. I need some new glasses, too. Yes, Virginia has enjoyed the free books here and there on her Kindle. She still likes the book better than the device, but she may move on out into this Century!