Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reading while Flying. . .

I'm waiting until I'm home from my trip to post my 2017 Reading List, but given that I wrote a few words about reading over on my main blog, I thought I'd copy them here, since it's been so long since I've even waved this way. . . . And I do like to keep the record of my reading in one place.

So here's what I wrote over there:

In her comment on my last post, Susan asked what I was reading on the flight home.  Well, I like to have choices. . . On my train trip, I began reading Madeleine L'Engle's A Circle of Quiet a lovely philosophical memoir about writing and rural life and marriage and family.  But it's to savour, not to rush through, so I'll balance it with  Jacqueline Park's The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi, which I downloaded onto my iPadMini from the Vancouver Public Library, such a boon. Check out the page count on this one (bottom left ) -- although keep in mind that the number of pages will change depending on the size the font's adjusted to. Still, it's a big book!

And while those two should definitely last me through the flight, especially if I get distracted by a movie or two, I've also got a paper book, just in case something goes wrong with the electronics. . . I bought the paperback at the train station in Chambéry; it's by Aurélie Valognes, Mémé dans les Orties. The title apparently refers to the French expression that says you shouldn't push granny (mémé) into the (stinging) nettles (les orties), shouldn't go too far, in other words. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but I'm already amused by the grumpy old fellow, 83, who doesn't get along with the similarly elderly residents in his building, mostly women.

So, no worries, this reader is well supplied for a ten-hour flight. But now she has to pack. . . Chat soon, okay? And you know I welcome your comments, always.


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Madeleine l'Engle's Crosswicks journals. They're in my boxes, the books that I'm supposed to reread when I retire. I really should get to those books (some day). Hope you have a good flight.

    1. I missed your comment, somehow -- sorry I'm so late responding. I did have a good flight. I've interrupted my reading of A Circle of Quiet because a few e-books I had on hold at VPL became available and they have to be read within those 21 days. Really enjoying it, though, and I'm wondering why I never read this way back when I read Two-Part Invention, another volume in the Crosswicks journals, as you know.