I read a lot on this trip, possibly more than ever before. I took some notes as I read *these* books as well and may find I have to blog about them.
Fabric Leftovers, by D'Arcy Jean Milne (I've bought this finally!)
Sew Many Bags, by Sally Southern
*Lessons in Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder, by Corinne Grant
*The American Housewife, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (I took the ebook on my computer)
Speed Cleaning: A spotless house in just 15 minutes a day, by Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming (Jane mentioned that she thought it was nice to at least know the theory...I agree).
*The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge
*The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (I've read it before, but knew I'd enjoy it again)
The Duchess of Acquitaine: A novel of Eleanor, by Margaret Ball (I'm now reading The Seven Ages of Paris, and fitting together puzzle pieces from it into what I know about English history; such fun!)
*The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbary
Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks (I grab anything she's written.)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, by Paul Torday (who happens to live in Northumberland, where there would be pretty good salmon fishing.)
Madonna, Unauthorized, by Christopher P. Anderson
Books I Didn't Read - but probably would have if I'd had the time:
Chocolat, by Joanne Harris (Pretty sure I've seen the film and/or read the book before. However, I've since bought her book Blackberry Wine at the local book fair and it's completely wonderful).
Possession, by A.S. Byatt (having loved the film, I figured I knew the plot of the story, more or less)
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
How to Be Idle, by Tom Hodgkinson (I figure I'm pretty champion at this already, but I'm open to learning new skills in this area.)
*Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen (This was also on my computer. It is a fascinating, if challenging read and I've not got very far. Having written in a different century, Veblen uses words to mean different things than I usually understand them to mean, but I'm determined I will go back and finish this. It explains so much about how everyday things are, between the classes - and between the sexes, but is shocking at the same time.)
Two books I saw at the airport bookstore, but didn't choose to buy, were The Winter Palace: A novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak and The Captain's Daughter by Leah Fleming. In looking these up I wasn't sure which Captain's Daughter I wanted. Fleming's book is about the Titanic, but there is a free ebook by the same title by Alexander Pushkin, would could be more interesting to read alongside the novel about Catherine the Great. Sort of like visiting the Palace at Holyrood House, home of Mary Queen of Scots, on the same day as the home of John Knox.
Bill did a bit of reading as well, but not nearly as much as I. He shared some bits from a book of silly sayings which I will now pass on:
"A fairy tale is something that never happened a long time ago."
"The end of the world would mark a turning point in everyone's life."