Library Loot & Summer Readathon

Hi, folks!

I have here a new stack of books freshly borrowed from my local library. Here is my

Library Loot: July 4 to 10

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief, encouraging bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. I seem to be on a non-fiction kick lately, so here is what I got this week:

  • Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826, by Orianne Smith (2013) – I’ve recently finished Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, by Charlotte Gordon (2015), and all I wanted was to linger on reading about this period…
  • Ava, by Carole Maso (1993) – this is an experimental novel that has been on my TBR list for a long time!
  • British women’s writing in the long eighteenth century, edited by JennieBatchelor (2005) – If you remember my last loot, I’ve been reading books on 18th-century women writers, and this just sounded like a good one
  • Hester Thrale Piozzi: Portrait of a Literary Woman by William McCarthy (1985) – I’ve read a book about the Bluestockings (also mentioned on my last loot), and now I decided to continue reading about some of them 🙂
  • The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield – Volume 2: 1918-1919, edited by Margaret Scott & Vincent O’Sullivan (1987) – I’ve read the first volume of Mansfield’s collected letters back in February (you can find it on my loot here); it’s about time to pick the second volume!

and, finally, the folks at Deweys Readathon have surprised us with

The (reverse) Summer Readathon!

The idea is to devote 24 hours to reading (here you can know more about it). The readathon starts at 8pm (Eastern Standard time) July 27 and runs through July 28 at 8pm (Eastern Standard time). And you know me: I can never say no to 24 hours of reading! My goal is to read as much of my July TBR books as possible (mostly, my plans for #backpackEurope and 20 Books of Summer):

  • Valentine, by George Sand (1832)
  • Artemisia, by Anna Banti (tr. Shirley D’Ardia Caracciol, first published 1947)
  • These Possible Lives, by Fleur Jaeggy (tr. Minna Proctor, first published 2009)
  • Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum (tr. Basil Creighton, first published 1929)
  • Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk  (tr.  Jennifer Croft, first published 2007)
  • Sight by Jessie Greengrass (2018)
  • A View of the Harbour, by Elizabeth Taylor (1947)
  • Treasure Hunt, by Molly Keane (1952)
  • The Shaking Woman, by Siri Hustvedt (2009)
  • The Blue Room, by Hanne Ørstavik (tr. Deborah Dawkin, first published 1999)

That’s all, folks. What are you reading? Do you have any new projects?

Yours ever so truly,


Berthe Morisot, “Reading (portrait of Edma Morisot)”, 1873

10 thoughts on “Library Loot & Summer Readathon

    1. Thank you, Claire! I’ve read (& loved) the first volume of her collected letters: it revolves around her youth and her early adulthood until the point whenn she got sick. I am expecting the next letters will be very poignant. She also writes a lot about what she is reading and writing, so a I find her letters very illuminating.:)


  1. Flights is excellent, a thoroughly absorbing and unusual read. The Hustvedt is also very good (but I would say that about anything she wrote). Enjoy your 24 hour reading challenge. I think that would burn me out!


  2. This is a great haul! I’ve loved what I’ve read by Katherine Mansfield and can’t wait to read more about her life and works, and Romantic Women Writers and Artemisa both sound fascinating. Happy reading!


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