*pokes at WordPress*
I didn’t mean to abandon the blog, I just…got busy? Well, not really, mostly I just didn’t have anything to say about my reading. Or at least, nothing constructive. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the “if you can’t say anything nice” school of thought when it comes to my reading, but I also try to not post negative things constantly. And my personal reaction to a lot of my recent reading has been ~meh~ at best. (Truly, when fan fiction is better edited — subjectively, in my opinion of course — than the stuff people want me to pay money for, I have to walk away from the books in question.)
Anyway, it was the National Book Festival a couple of weeks ago. I meant to go but didn’t see any authors on the schedule that merited standing in heinously long lines for a signed copy of their most recent magnum opus. Genre fiction writers were pretty scares.
And last weekend was the Baltimore Book Festival. I was interested in hearing Lois McMaster Bujold speak and the panel on Jane Austen, but both were on Saturday and I had a scheduling conflict. But I did manage to peruse the various stalls and booths Friday afternoon. And because I have no will power, I bought books: used books and new books since JHU Press was set up in the Peabody and selling works related to panels and of local interest.
Murder in Montmarte by Cara Black — mystery set in Paris in 1995; I liked Murder in the Marais enough to try another book in the series.
The Twilight of Imperial Russia by Richard Charques — historical/political analysis of the period leading up to the Russian Revolution
The Awakening by Kate Chopin — read this as a teenager for a literature class, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have a much different (better) perspective on it as an adult.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen — one of the Austen books that I read in high school and never re-read.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Maryland by Frederick Philip Stieff — compilation of local recipes compiled by an amateur chef in 1932 with a new foreword.
Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity by Janine Barchas — how Austen used names of the day for comic (and other) intent.