IMG_4081Hi, I’m Carolyn (stats: late 30s, Canadian, married to a fellow booklover whom I shall refer to as ‘Tea’ since that’s his first initial and also favourite beverage, and we are the doting and dotty parents of a black cat named Edgar) and these are a few of my favourite things:

  • flowers (lilacs, sweet peas, roses…) & gardens, especially literary gardens
  • purple
  • old fashioned romance & adventure
  • lyrical, thoughtful writing
  • literature & history (I studied both in university)
  • female authors: Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, A.S. Byatt, Helen Humphreys, L.M. Montgomery, Georgette Heyer…
  • male authors: Marcel Proust, E.M. Forster, Anthony Trollope, Leo Tolstoy, Henry James
  • poetry & solitude
  • some teen books, middle grade kids books, romance novels from time to time, an occasional mystery novel too, etc
  • feminism
  • slow thoughtful reading for myself
  • any mention of flowers in books
  • Britain & France
  • vanilla Earl Grey tea
  • cross stitch

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  1. Elizabeth Roberts says:

    Hello Carolyn

    I love your website! I thought you might like to know that Persephone have chosen Moffat to launch their reissue of Miss Buncle Married on Sat April 16 – it will be the inaugural Moffat Book Event, a new interest group in the town of which I am chairman. Do let me know if you have any good ideas of how the day should go. We have invited a young Glasgow-based stylist who specializes in vintage clothing, Lynn McCrossan to come – she has just published A Girl’s Guide to Vintage. Maybe we should have a 1934-style meal, period flower arrangements, cocktails…? The imagination boggles.

  2. Sally Phillips says:

    Dear Elizabeth

    I came across this by chance. I knew Persephone were having an event in Moffat but have been unable to find any details about it. Please could you let me know what will be happening or any information that is available. I am a great DE Stevenson fan

    Many thanks


  3. Melissa Romo says:

    Hi Carolyn! I found your blog listed on Tales from the Reading Room and thought I’d check it out. I’m putting it in my Reader. I also studied History in University, love lilacs (my mom had a forest of them planted on the side of our house when I was growing up), and enjoy exploring time periods in books. I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

  4. Margaret Powling says:

    What a delightful blog! Have only found it this morning but I am sure I will be looking in regularly from now on, as I do with Danielle’s and Darlene’s and others who write mainly about books (and food, and flowers …)

  5. Sara Woods says:

    I have, finally! just begun The Enchanted April (my 82 year old mother loved it). I have travelled in Italy & England so can imagine the setting. I was intrigued by your title Book Snob and find any sites on books to be of interest. I work in the Publishing Industry. I deal with books all day yet can’t resist a book store or blog on books! I think, based on what little I have read of you that you would find Lauren Winner’s book ‘Girl Meets God’ an interesting read.

  6. pamelajane1 says:

    Hi, Carolyn,

    The photo you posted that illustrated the kind of book you like to read actually reminded me of the Swedish painter, Karl Larsen. I wonder if you know his work. Of course, being a Janeite, it also reminded me of Austen’s novels.

    Pamela Jane

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