- Can you believe the children library in my neighborhood is closing for renovation? We must be jinxed, as we only started to go there because our old library at the other end of the district closed for renovation (it has reopened since, but only Mr. S is going there now). The positive sign is that Paris City council is obviously supporting readers and investing in our libraries!
- Anyway, it’s bothering my son more than me, because the library at my workplace has recently started to buy lots of new English books (yay!). I could not resist when I saw S.J. Watson’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep; Siri Hustvedt’s Summer Without Men and lots of others! My card is already full (ahem, their max is 5).
- Two writers I’d never heard of before that I discovered this week thanks to BBC Radio 4 Extra: Margaret Drabble (her short stories are read in a slightly abridged version this week!) et Olivia Manning for her saga Fortunes of War. I’m hooked!
- As summer is officially on now, I’m really looking forward to our yearly long holidays in August. This year we go to Wales (Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia) and to Oxfordshire (we visited Oxford way too quickly while in the Cotswolds a few years ago). I’m already dreaming of Oxford bookshops (yay!), and already listing all the British things I’m lusting for (cute mugs, Cadbury whole nuts and milk chocolate, M&S Custard cream biscuits, Boots drugstore…).
Related to this happy project, I have three questions for you readers today:
- Do you have any recommendations for bookshops or any special literary places in Wales?
- Have you ever read any good book, especially mystery, set in Wales? I have a personal tradition of reading mysteries set in the place we visit – and it’s a lot of fun.
- On a different subject, since we rent cottages there and that I will have to cook every day, I want to have a few good recipes up my sleeve I could make quickly and with only a few kitchen equipment. Any ideas?