First off, I’m thrilled to say that my Persephone for the Secret Santa exchange finally came today! I got Miss Buncle’s Book, which I have already read and loved, but didn’t have my own copy, so I’m so happy that Selena of my heart rang like glass chose it for me! Thank you Selena and it’s nice to meet a new blogger! She also sent me some lovely chocolates (which my husband claims were clearly meant for him) and bookplates. I was so anxious I wouldn’t get it before we moved, but here it is, to brighten up a day spent cleaning the apartment. (Still. It seems endless. We’ve been slogging through wiping down the sticky fridge, greasy stove, and dusty windows, cupboards, closets and walls for days now. Our furniture is all gone now, which reduced the cat to howls of distress, and we only have a blow-up mattress to sleep or sit on now, which keeps deflating, as they always do. The wrist I sprained earlier this year is sore again, but everything is still chugging along, thanks to chocolates, Miss Buncle and gift cards to bookstores from my family for Christmas. Pictures of all my new books to follow once I have my own computer again.)
Aside from that, I’ve finished The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller and have been taking notes on it since, so obviously I’m inspired by it, especially the last third of the book where she discusses the inspirations for Narnia. I’m interested to explore some of the books mentioned and it reminded me that while C.S. Lewis loved Norse mythology, I prefer Greek mythology, especially the stories of Orpheus, Psyche and Persephone. Thanks as well for the fantasy recommendations, with those plus my Christmas books, many of which were fantasy, and a few books more found off the World Fantasy Awards list, I’ve got an stack I’m keen to get started on once the move is over! I’m also looking forward to getting back to regular blogging then too, so until then, happy reading and Happy New Year!