A selection of words and pictures to represent June’s reading:
a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
Charlie asked a lot of questions, and if Henry couldn’t answer them, he bought a book which he read quickly and Charlie read slowly. Henry didn’t seem at all surprised by this overwhelming plenitude of objects to look at or ideas to think about, but Charlie was. It seemed to him that he had spent thirty years circling neighborhoods and buildings without even wondering what was inside. And each building was a Fabergé egg, pleasant on the outside, a treasure trove within. Henry said, “Books are like that, too.”
Golden Age by Jane Smiley (2015)
They had talked of it, planned it, and now here I was, to be informed. What would be the simplest way to curb a woman whose loyalties were suspect? For centuries, how had women of influence been robbed of their freedom?
“I have planned a marriage for you,” he said, fists on the arms of his chair to take his weight as he pushed himself to his feet.
Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien (2018)
Everything about Brighton pleased him: the fine streets and squares and well-planned gardens, the bow-fronted emporia and the libraries, the chop-houses, the coffee shops, the Assembly Rooms at the Castle Inn and countless other places of refreshment and entertainment, all set about that grand arena of elegant promenade, the Steine. As he turned to follow the Steine he looked across at the exotic Marine Pavilion, the King’s seaside palace, which had been that royal gentleman’s favourite residence during his days as Prince of Wales and later as Prince Regent. With its opal-tinted minarets and bulbous domes glinting with gold in the sun it had the appearance of an enormous, many-faceted Arabian Nights’ jewel set down glorious and incongruously within sight and sound of the English Channel.
Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker (1978)
Say good-night to Vicky, looking angelic in bed, and ask what she is thinking about, lying there. She disconcertingly replies with briskness: “Oh, Kangaroos and things.”
(Note: The workings of the infant mind very, very difficult to follow, sometimes. Mothers by no means infallible.)
“Very well, then. I want it understood that I’m a full third partner in this enterprise, and intend to remain so. I’m not to be put in a corner and disregarded because I am a woman. My uncle picked a good crew for this voyage; if you gentlemen think you can run away with this ship or go pirating, you’ll discover otherwise.”
The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure, ed. Lawrence Ellsworth (2014)
‘To be an Amazon,’ she had said, striding ahead, her boots crunching a path for me, ‘is to fight, whether man or woman, virgin or mother. You are destined to become a queen, so the fight to protect your people will be both your calling and your duty, and nothing, no man, no marriage, no child, shall come before it.’
‘Strawberry blonde!’ his voice boomed.
There had been a field of strawberries on their fruit farm, Cecily remembered. But as much as she searched, she never found a blonde one.
‘Real life,’ her mother Agnes had remarked, ‘is persistently disappointing’.
Real life, then, was like a field of red strawberries.
The Last Pier by Roma Tearne (2015)
Frances simplifies it, saying, ‘Imagine the King is a lit candle. The closer you stand the more light you have. But too close and you’re burned. My great-uncle wanted power more than anything, you see.’
The Poison Bed by EC Fremantle (2018)
Favourite books read in June:
Queen of the North and The Last Pier
Where did my reading take me in June?
USA, England, Ancient Greece, France, Italy
Authors read for the first time in June:
H Bedford-Jones, Sidney Levett-Yeats, Jeffery Farnol, Johnston McCulley, Pierce Egan, John Bloundelle-Burton, Harold Lamb, Stanley J Weyman, Marion Polk Angellotti (all in The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure)
Have you read any of these books? Which books did you enjoy in June?