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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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Harriet

I've only read one of your disgracefully large haul of books (this is envy speaking here) - the Frances Wilson, which I enjoyed enormously. She's an excellent biographer - her best is of the courtesan Harriette Wilson which is a hugely entertaining and informative read. Look for ward to many reviews coming up soon.

Helen

Hee hee, it is SHAMEFUL isn't it? And yet I keep picking them up and smiling at them.

Did you write about the Dorothy Wordsworth biography on your blog? Because I do have a feeling that I read a very good review of it by you and that stuck in my mind.

lethe

I have that same edition of Folk Tales of the British Isles and like it very much

(I do feel that folk tales and fairy tales are better suited for winter, though.)

Helen

Oh good! I am even more pleased about it now!

Now I'm not sure that I agree with you about their being better suited to winter, although I am sure that you are not alone in feeling that; evenings certainly, but I find that I do need a bit of magic in the summertime too. :) And this is a little different, but I've just been rereading Dracula; fellow train-passengers were a bit surprised about this (I mean, they actually kept remarking upon it) but in fact it is ideal for thirty-degree heat.

lethe

And this is a little different, but I've just been rereading Dracula; fellow train-passengers were a bit surprised about this (I mean, they actually kept remarking upon it) but in fact it is ideal for thirty-degree heat.

Since the heatwave will start here in a couple of days and I have Dracula in my TBR pile, I can try this out! Hopefully Dracula's cooling properties will work for me too ;-)

lethe

(I had used html on the first paragraph to denote a quotation, but that is apparently not possible here. Forgot to do a preview first. So instead of that, think " " !)

Helen

Heh, I'm not sure I'd claim cooling qualities exactly for Dracula, but it certainly distracted me from the heat!

Good luck with the heatwave!

lethe

Thanks.

Perhaps I should reread Weathering :-)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1344034526

Jenny @ Reading the End

So my best advice (and I don't know how good it is) is to remember that it's correct to secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. I also have a policy that when I can see something that I'm able to do and it will help, even if it's small, I just do it. Cause I say to myself that I could either choose to do something or choose to do nothing, and I try to choose something. That's all I got.

Helen

Lethe! :) Or 'The Ice Palace'.

Jenny, thank you! 'I could either choose to do something or choose to do nothing' - I like that a lot! It seems a better way of framing the do-what-you-can philosophy. And perhaps I'm just doomed to the frustration/acceptance cycle, there are many worse fates so perhas I shouldn't complain.

By the way, I haven't been commenting on your blog because now when I want to comment I have to provide SO much personal information, I mean practically my blood group and shoe size, and I'm not very keen on that. Though I am probably meanwhile sprinkling the same information all over the interwebs as I skip along. Anyway, I am still reading and enjoying your posts very much and I expect one of these days I'll get over myself and comment.

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