Thursday, July 21, 2005

"The Photograph," by Penelope Lively, c. 2003 (copy from

(entry edited July 23rd, 24th, to include a passage)

'Tis next after The Angel of Devil's Camp by Lynna Banning, c. 2003.

I collect quotes as I read. These ones are fun, poetical, or even philosophical. Take what you like, and leave the rest. Note that these aren't necessarily the "best" in the book. These happen to be close to the spot where I stopped reading each night.

The thing about coming home, says Polly, when she dashes down for a night, or a meal, is that everything's always got to be exactly the same. Don't you see? I mean, you can have some new curtains occasionally, if you like, within reason, but basically it's got to stay put. I've got to be able to touch base. Totally self-centered, I know, but you don't 'mind', do you? The occasional innovation I will allow - actually, a makeover of the bathroom would be no bad thing - but basics have to stay the same, right? No blue rinses, Mum, OK? And if Dad ever goes in for gray flannels and a tweed jacket I'll slaughter him. p52
[comment: makes me think what my expectations are.]

She is dumpy, fresh-faced, wholesome-looking, she reminds me of a small brown loaf. p127

Friday, July 15, 2005

I have just finished The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney, c. 1999! And, as always, I have another book in my hand within 30 minutes. This time it's "Split Second," by David Baldacci, c. 2003. Copy is from

My thoughts (added July 22nd, 2005) - the book is a good piece of escapism. I took it with me on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. We went with my parents from New Zealand. We all did a lot of reading as they are not TV watchers. 'Tis nice to have a good book to read!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

"Summer Secrets," by Barbara Freethy, c. 2003 (library copy)

To be read soon after Remembrance by Jude Deveraux, c. 1994