My contribution to Daphne du Maurier Reading Week and other bookish treasures

I try very hard these days to avoid buying too many books. Don’t get me wrong – in my heart, I believe that there is no such thing as ‘too many books’. But the practicalities of life cannot be ignored and I am more inclined these days to favour having space in our apartment to spread out and read, rather than hundreds of books around to try and shelve.

Having said that, I occasionally let rip and have a splurge on new-to-me titles. Today was one such event.

Actually, I blame Ali over at HeavenAli, which is very unfair because it is her birthday today (many happy returns Ali!). She is celebrating her birthday, which she shares with Daphne du Maurier, by hosting a DDM reading week. I consider myself to be fairly well-read in general. But even so there are plenty of authors whose books I have not yet tried, and du Maurier is one of them. So when I was invited by a friend to look around the Christian Aid Book Sale in central Edinburgh, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hunt down some DDM reading material.

I spent a very happy couple of hours browsing inside and out. It was such a lovely, friendly atmosphere:

 

 

The good news is that I was able to find reasonable copies of Jamaica Inn and Rebecca which I am very much looking forward to reading this week. The bad news from a shelving perspective is that I also found a few other titles which I could not resist……

 

Now, I would argue that this pile is, in fact, me showing restraint. Let loose among 100,000 books, I could have come home with many more titles. So I am going to allow myself to feel virtuous. 😇

I pounced on the three Orkney-related titles, and Winter Tales by George Mackay Brown because we are holidaying among the Orkney Islands later this year and I want to read up about them before we go.

I seized upon Sunset Song and The House With The Green Shutters because these are among some of the classic Scottish novels which I have wanted to read since we moved north and it is about time I got on with it.

And I am a big Carol Shields fan. I can’t remember having read The Republic of Love before and am sure I will enjoy it.

While chatting to one of the helpers at the book fair, I found out that the whole thing begins each year with a week-long gathering in of volumes which then get sorted ready for sale. So that gives me eleven months to identify some titles from my shelves to donate. Add to this my ambition to release some book crossing titles in the coming months and who knows – perhaps I will end up with fewer books overall. I know that my long-suffering Hub will approve of that, although he will believe it only when he sees it lol. 🙂

 

A whole world of watercolour at our fingertips

I have written before on this blog about the artistic marvels we can access these days via the internet. Since January this year, another site can be added to the rich abundance of treasures available to us.

The Watercolour World is a new site with an amazing aim: to make globally available in digital form as many watercolour paintings as possible. In many cases, watercolours are often too fragile to be exhibited. So TWW will be providing access to works that might otherwise never be seen. This short introductory film talks more about the capturing of these ‘windows on the world’.

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