A home without books is like a body without a soul
“A home without books is like a body without a soul” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Well you’ll have realised by now that I wrote the last piece a while ago and quite a few books have passed under the bridge in the meantime.
I finished the ‘Millenium Trilogy’, – my advice, buy the first, read the dust jacket of the second, buy the third. Such a shame that there will be no more. I got through Middlemarch, just about finishing it in time for the Book Club meeting, phew. Rather mixed response, but all pleased to have read it. I have an admission to make – I read Middlemarch on my, now rather old school, Sony ereader. I’d always prefer to read a proper book, (surprise, surprise) but Middlemarch is very long and two of us had to read it – so it was the ereader for me and the book for him. Ereaders certainly have their uses and I do love the ones where you turn a page, swoosh sound, rather than my first generation, click. It is always a rather clinical experience whereas as those of us who love books love the feel and touch of a solid book, never mind the scrabbling on the floor to locate the fallen bookmark.
The rest of the summer, – there is a sun somewhere all the time! – passed in a blur of page turners like the Lee Child Jack Reacher series (recommended) and onto the Book Club’s homage to the late Beryl Bainbridge – The Birthday Boys. Such a moving book. I’ve read most of her output, all worth reading, but I do have a soft spot for the early novels – particularly as I was sure I was the first person to really appreciate her writing. Oh the over-confidence of youth!
We’re busy working on getting some coverage for our new specials for Christmas and the new products Marie mentioned, getting orders out on time etc,etc – so not too much time for reading here at Prometheus Bound HQ. However, piled up and ready , I have among others, Kate Atkinson’s new novel, China Mieville (He’s just finished ‘The City and the City’ –“outstanding” )and Howard Jacobson’s ‘The Finkler Question’ – shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize – the Book Club’s choice from the shortlist. I’m a hard core David Mitchell fan, so was most disappointed that he didn’t make the cut. ‘Jacob de Zoet’ was a smashing book, although ‘Cloud Atlas’ takes a lot of beating.
Anyway – back to the paperwork – reading will have to wait.