Paper Is Heavy

I have a little over a month before I head off to Scotland until December, and I face that fact with a mingled sense of excitement and panic.  Travel problem du jour is: are my husband and I up to date on our vaccinations?  Tomorrow there will be a new travel problem.

I have started several well-meaning lists of books I want to take along with me.  I can barely go to the grocery store without a book, let alone a new country (well, actually, it's a very old country, but you know what I mean).  Space and weight will be limited, but not my frantic desire to scoop all of my books into my arms and toddle through the airport with them.  Bah.
practical religion - j.c. ryle
georgette heyer novels
a severe mercy - sheldon vanauken
sin and salvation - lesslie newbigin
the mind of the maker - dorothy sayers
moonblood - anne elisabeth stengl
These are the current runners-up in the list of books to be taken.  The Mind of the Maker is a reread and may or may not make it into the suitcase.  I might take it along and read it aloud to my husband: we'll see.  I'm currently reading Practical Religion, but it is massive and I doubt I will finish it in the month of August.  We will see about that also.

I just blazed through The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer and loved it!  Abigail heard about it from someone, and I noticed Anne Elisabeth Stengl was in the habit of enjoying Heyer's works, so I borrowed Abigail's copy of The Grand Sophy and shot through it in under a week.  Stitches! hilarity!  I loved it!  I'm almost ashamed to say I enjoyed it more than Jane Austen, in a way...  So I put in an order for a few more and hopefully I will have the sense and will-power to not devour all of them in August.

Rachel Heffington keeps pestering me (politely) to read A Severe Mercy, and I'm looking forward to packing it up with me to take to Scotland.  I have enjoyed Lesslie Newbigin's writing, and my copy of Sin and Salvation is hardback and looks sturdy: just the sort of little book to take along on a trip.
I'll have to tell you in September what I really wind up taking.
having said all this, I will now flee from procrastination and the wrath to come, and continue working on gingerune

16 ripostes:

  1. I confess, just last night I was comparing Charles to different Austen heroes and rapidly coming to the conclusion that I like him better. I like brusque heroes. Even with Mr Darcy, I prefer him when he is soundly snubbing Miss Bingley or rescuing Georgianna. Charles has even begun to rival Mr Thornton, which is quite shocking.

    Also, why has no one made a movie of The Grand Sophy? What absurdity, what hole in the universe, is this?

  2. What books to bring - the eternal question! ;)
    I have to confess - I've never read a Georgette Heyer novel. *hides from scrutiny* But The Grand Sophy sounds a good fun read, as anything with wit and style is (generally) my cup of tea.

    Have you read Moonblod yet? I quite liked it, although my favorite was Starflower. (And even that may change after Dragonwitch. Anne's books get progressively better, I'm realizing...)

  3. A film of The Grand Sophy would be fantastic! I would watch the heck out of that! And really, while I haven't read North and South, I do think Charles has great character, big and bold on the page. And Sophy is an act of God, if you ask me. O_o

    I haven't read Moonblood yet. Was it you or Elizabeth Rose who had a review of that...? I am swamped under a deluge of books and I keep grasping feebly from one bobbing tome to the next. But this is no great change in things.

  4. I am so glad to hear that you're bringing "A Severe Mercy." You will probably enjoy it twice as much over there as I did over here, simply because Over There you'll be closer to Oxford, where so much of the book takes place. :)

  5. Yes, I thought much the same myself: it seemed fitting to cart that book over and read it closer to its native clime. Of course, I would have to do that for two-thirds of the books in my library as well...

  6. Scotland!!! Travel!!! Books!!! I guess that is when ebooks are a small dose of comfort in the trial of abandoning one's treasured tomes, but not quite after all. I loved your selection of books, Jenny: and while I've not, sadly, read any of them myself most are familiar and are on my future reading list! I have never heard of Hayet (ahem, positive I misspelled that but I am commenting via my iPod and so I can't scroll up back to the post)...she sounds interesting, especially if in Abigail's eyes one of her characters rivals Mr. Thornton himself who I am beginning to grow very fond of.

    Wow, that is a long trip to Scotland - what an exciting event! We look forward to seeing lots of pictures and updates, Jenny, from your trip *huge wistful sigh*. Considering the hustle and bustle of a vacation like that do you have a writing-travel plan for this trip?

    Sorry I have not commented on your blog in a bit! As I mentioned on fb, life has been flying at a gallop leaving little room for commenting on even my favourite blogs :P but I have been reading your past posts!!

  7. Oops, I see the name is Heyer not this mysterious 'Hayet' *smackshead*
    I beg your pardon!!

  8. Ooooh, Scotland. Such good luck! Consider me positively green with envy. ^.^ And as for the titles, I imagine I'd have a difficult time myself in choosing books to bring to such an ancient and historically rich land. The Mind of the Maker seems an excellent choice, since rereads are always a safe bet. (As a matter of fact, I've been meaning to begin this myself sometime soon, but I must finish her Letters to a Diminished Church first!) Moonblood is very good. I haven't reviewed it on my blog yet, but I plan to do so in the future, since I definitely enjoyed it. I have not read The Grand Sophy before, but it sounds wonderful! I must add it to my to-read list.

    . . . I feel as if I end every comment on your blog that way. O_o One can never lack for reading material while perusing The Penslayer!

  9. Jenny: I reviewed Moonblood on Goodreads here ( if you are interested. :)

  10. I'm pleased enough just to see you reading Letters to a Diminished Church, though as a writer of course I highly recommend The Mind of the Maker. But I can rest pretty well guaranteed that you will read that too some day.

    It is a sad little train of perpetual motion, Elizabeth Rose. No sooner have I "caught up" on what books I want to buy, then my father goes and purchases a slew of books which are equally interesting, of which I never heard before. And then I blog about what I am reading (some of which you have never heard of) just as you "catch up" on what you would like to acquire, and the game starts all over again. No, we will never lack for reading material, you and I.

    Oh dear. Are you labouring under the impression that Scotland is a vacation? That is not the case. My husband is transferring for a semester to Strathclyde in Glasgow; he will be in school. I will be writing, he will be schooling, we will be tooling about the countryside whenever and wherever possible. Yes, we'll be busy, but we will be rather busy doing much the same things we do here.

    Trying to take over the world...!

  11. No, I thought you'd mentioned before that your husband was going to Scotland for school, so I was by no means convinced it was only a vacation. All the same, to read and write and tool about the Scottish countryside is no small matter. :)

    "Someone call the authorities! We seem to have a clear case of penslaying on our hands."

  12. Now you girls have got me wanting to try some of Heyer's Regency books. I've only read some of her mysteries; some were delightful and others so-so. If her Regencies are anything like her better mysteries I'm sure I'd enjoy them.

  13. Meanwhile, the e-reader hegemony steeples its collective fingers and smiles a knowing, unpleasant sort of smile.

  14. So often, when you shop for books you find ones from 'across the pond'. Perhaps you will find that you can purchase some of those while across the pond yourself. I'm quite sure you will be able to post them home.

  15. Scotland!! Wow! It's on my dream travel list!! *sigh*
    Yes...what books to take along...that's always a big question...especially when you've got to consider space and weight! But you know something, I think the trouble will really be on your return journey! I'd imagine there would be plenty of places where you can find rare books in'll have to keep that in mind ;)
    Regarding ebooks...there is nothing like reading a real paper book, with its bookish feel and smells. However, ebooks are amazing reading gadgets for travel I must say. You can take your entire library (almost) in your purse!! Dad is a recent convert to ebooks...a remarkable turn for him, too. He boasts of having nearly 10,000 books on his iPad!! Remarkable, isn't it?

    Hope you have a safe trip and a splendid time in Scotland, Jenny!
    God bless,