Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

A Short Note, on a Weekend Well Spent

We’ve had a beautiful Sunday here, and the sun is just about going to sleep as I type – the world is turning golden and, one by one, the lights are going on.  This is probably my favourite time of day.  I’m also one of those people who loves it when the seasons change – so, really, right this minute is pretty much as good as it gets for me.

As I promised myself, I spent my weekend (mostly) reading.  I started and finished two books – ‘Boneland’ by Alan Garner, and ‘Ways to Live Forever’ by Sally Nicholls.  ‘Ways…’ has been out for a few years now, but I’ve just managed to catch it; I read Sally’s wonderful book about the plague in 14th-Century England (‘All Fall Down’) earlier this year, and I’ve been a huge fan since then.  I’ve just started ‘The Daylight Gate’ by the magisterial Jeanette Winterson, another author whose work I collect, and so far I am delighted by it.  I hope it won’t be next weekend by the time I get around to doing some more reading, but I fear it might be!  But it’s extremely important to read as much as possible, so I’ll work on my time-management, I think.

I think the cover art and production quality of these three books is also excellent, particularly ‘Boneland’, which is a beautiful object in the hand – the dustjacket feels like velvet to touch, and the same goes for ‘The Daylight Gate’.  I will never be an e-book reader, I’m afraid – books, for me, are works of art both in their appearance and their contents, and no machine with a screen will ever replace the feeling of holding a book.  That’s not to say that e-readers don’t have a very important role to play in the future of publishing and reading, but I think this old gal here is going to remain a defiant and unashamed Luddite – for another while, at least.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too – or, if it’s not over for you yet, then I hope you make the most of it, and I hope you’ve managed to find time to read something wonderful, or inspirational, or just plain fun, over the last few days.