Archive | August 2012

Happy Birthday to Georgetter Heyer!

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Georgette Heyer

She gave us about 600 novels which we can use to let our imaginations out and play, and that’s definitely something to celebrate.

I’ve so far only read The Reluctant Widow and Charity Girl which I got from the beautiful Sourcebooks collection of re-releases – a wonderful idea on their part – as freebies in exchange for a review. I liked Widow more than Charity Girl, but I’m looking forward to trying out so many more.

Heyer is beloved by Austen and Regency fans and it seems to me that finding her is like finding a treasure chest of stories you never knew existed – you thought you’d run out of water and walk out the door to find not just a bottle of fresh cold water, but an entire lake-full of the stuff. That’s joy, people. I LOVE it when that happens; every reader does, don’t you think?

Notes! – Sourcebooks seems to be having a sale on Heyer ebooks till Aug 20 

               – Here’s a little USA Today celebration of Heyer.

I love bookish pictures…

and I collect them on Pinterest and flashdrives. I particular love the illustrations of old girls’ series. Enid Blyton wasn’t one of the writers I read; she wasn’t popular in the United States as she was in the U.K. But I read the first Malory Towers as an adult, and it was great fun – just the kind of old-style descriptions and antique phrasing – some may say stilted; I say wonderful – I loved as a child.

This little cartoon is great because it reminds me of all of us who collected books and loved them as children and as adults, too.

If you’re interested in Enid Blyton, here is a link to The Enid Blyton Society. And here’s the post from the very fun Abe Books website that got me thinking about Blyton today.

 Finally – and I should probably have started with this – today is Enid Blyton’s birthday. She would have been 115 years old.

Happy Birthday to a very prolific writer of beloved children’s books (600 of them!)!