Friday, June 01, 2007

Miss Read

I'm posting today because I have some whiffs of inspiration floating around in my head, not because I have the permission from my household chores. They'll all get done someday, perhaps.
Yesterday, after a tiring day of running errands and a light supper of Subway sandwiches, I settled on the couch with a book I haven't read in a while, Summer at Fairacre which is slow-paced, yet entertaining and very British. I currently own three titles by the author, whose pen name is Miss Read. But I have read many more of her books through the library.
On the front cover of this book, a quote from Jan Karon reads, "If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you'll relish a visit to Fairacre." And of course, I've already discussed my enjoyment of Jan Karon's Mitford books, so I can readily affirm her statement about Miss Read's books.
I look forward to rereading the other books I own and adding more to my collection as they are good friends to have on the shelf.
As most of our books are now unpacked and awaiting organization, it is one job that I look forward to finishing. One of the highlights of my days spent working at Barnes & Noble was shelving the books. Making room for new titles or just bringing order to disheveled shelves meant taking a few minutes to flip the pages of an interesting read while sitting cross-legged on the floor. The managers did not seem to mind if they saw us hunched over a book for a stray minute or two. After all as booksellers part of our job is to know about the books we are selling and browsing them ourselves certainly aided us in our ability to help customers find the right book. So now as I see the basement shelves brimming with all those books, I anticipate a rewarding afternoon or two of restoring order and an appreciation for reading.

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