This week, my amazing college roommate sent a care package to me. There was Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible for my daughter (who gave it the bedtime reading two thumbs up) and Elsie Lee’s Wingarden for me.
One of the things I love about Lee’s books is what perfect time capsules they are: little snapshots of the 1960s and early 70s, like watching an Audrey Hepburn movie. Elsie Lee’s novels tend to be set in exotic places, but this one took place in Virginia, around the machinations of a white supremecist group and the heroine who unwittingly puts a spoke in their plans when she inherits her grandmother’s house. I remember reading this ten years ago and thinking how dated it felt. Sadly, it feels a little less dated right now– but still an excellent read.
I moved from the 1960s South to one of my favorite vacation spots, 1920s London, via Dorothy Sayers’s Unnatural Death, one of her earlier Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. I’d meant to move on from here to some Halloween reading, but there’s something terribly addictive about Lord Peter Wimsey. So it may be Whose Body? next, with The Haunting of Hill House pushed off until next week.
I’d love to find something Halloween-y I haven’t read yet, but, what with one thing and another, haven’t really had time to bob for books. So if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears!
What have you been reading this week?