Mayday Mayday! Edith Can’t Work in May!

LaytondaisyIt’s May.  Time when a young …young-ish…young in spirits writer’s mind turns to …jelly. Who can think with apple and cherry and peach blossoms, and tulips and bluebells and bright sunny dandelions rioting outside her window?  And mocking birds making the backyard ring with dozens of gracious melodies?  And soft warm breezes wafting through the lilacs, stirring the air the after weeks of cold and wet and dank…Lilac9

You get it.  And I got it.  Spring fever. It stays lighter every evening, and we enjoy lighter clothes, lighter foods, lighter wines, and yes, lighter books. Not the best time to read Tolstoy.  And though I love old Fyodor, let’s put Dostoyevsky down until autumn leaves start to fall. Summer’s the time for big colorful epics, sequels, beach books, and blockbusters in movies and in print.

But spring? Ah spring.  That’s my time for re-reads, and sentimental reads, humorous reads, and oh so very romantic books to dream upon. Whatever the season, I love to read.  And I know you do too. So I ask you gentle readers: what would you recommend an old softie like me read during this merry magical month of May?

Also, I recently did a series of video interviews with romancenovel.tv .  I’m a bit shy about posting them (my daughter, who has been posting them with silly commentary is not), but if like me you want a break from working, but feel too guilty to go outside, check them out, do!

ElaytonintTo view the latest interview, simply click here.

44 thoughts on “Mayday Mayday! Edith Can’t Work in May!”

  1. How about Eva Ibbotson’s wonderful adult books? They’re full of things to be nostalgic about, particularly if, like me, you most easily get nostalgic for eras that were over before you were born. I recommend A Princess Below Stairs, which has just been (or is just about to be) reissued.
    I can also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I just read for the first time and absolutely LOVED.
    If you would like some utterly fascinating non-fiction, please please please try The Oysters of Loqmaricaire by Eleanor Clark. I’ve mentioned this before, when someone asked for our all-time faves. It will make you want to go straight to Brittany and gorge on seafood. Gosh… I’ve made myself hungry just thinking about it.

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  2. How about Eva Ibbotson’s wonderful adult books? They’re full of things to be nostalgic about, particularly if, like me, you most easily get nostalgic for eras that were over before you were born. I recommend A Princess Below Stairs, which has just been (or is just about to be) reissued.
    I can also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I just read for the first time and absolutely LOVED.
    If you would like some utterly fascinating non-fiction, please please please try The Oysters of Loqmaricaire by Eleanor Clark. I’ve mentioned this before, when someone asked for our all-time faves. It will make you want to go straight to Brittany and gorge on seafood. Gosh… I’ve made myself hungry just thinking about it.

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  3. How about Eva Ibbotson’s wonderful adult books? They’re full of things to be nostalgic about, particularly if, like me, you most easily get nostalgic for eras that were over before you were born. I recommend A Princess Below Stairs, which has just been (or is just about to be) reissued.
    I can also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I just read for the first time and absolutely LOVED.
    If you would like some utterly fascinating non-fiction, please please please try The Oysters of Loqmaricaire by Eleanor Clark. I’ve mentioned this before, when someone asked for our all-time faves. It will make you want to go straight to Brittany and gorge on seafood. Gosh… I’ve made myself hungry just thinking about it.

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  4. How about Eva Ibbotson’s wonderful adult books? They’re full of things to be nostalgic about, particularly if, like me, you most easily get nostalgic for eras that were over before you were born. I recommend A Princess Below Stairs, which has just been (or is just about to be) reissued.
    I can also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I just read for the first time and absolutely LOVED.
    If you would like some utterly fascinating non-fiction, please please please try The Oysters of Loqmaricaire by Eleanor Clark. I’ve mentioned this before, when someone asked for our all-time faves. It will make you want to go straight to Brittany and gorge on seafood. Gosh… I’ve made myself hungry just thinking about it.

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  5. Oooh Elaine, these all sound good. I’m adding to my books list before I forget. Also going to France ‘n food ‘n all — yes please!

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  6. Oooh Elaine, these all sound good. I’m adding to my books list before I forget. Also going to France ‘n food ‘n all — yes please!

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  7. Oooh Elaine, these all sound good. I’m adding to my books list before I forget. Also going to France ‘n food ‘n all — yes please!

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  8. Oooh Elaine, these all sound good. I’m adding to my books list before I forget. Also going to France ‘n food ‘n all — yes please!

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  9. Mary Balogh’s a Summer to Remember, or any of the Slightly books that come after that.
    And Betina Krahn’s Luck be a Lady. So, so funny in between delicious romance.
    And the Naked books are a scream, too.

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  10. Mary Balogh’s a Summer to Remember, or any of the Slightly books that come after that.
    And Betina Krahn’s Luck be a Lady. So, so funny in between delicious romance.
    And the Naked books are a scream, too.

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  11. Mary Balogh’s a Summer to Remember, or any of the Slightly books that come after that.
    And Betina Krahn’s Luck be a Lady. So, so funny in between delicious romance.
    And the Naked books are a scream, too.

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  12. Mary Balogh’s a Summer to Remember, or any of the Slightly books that come after that.
    And Betina Krahn’s Luck be a Lady. So, so funny in between delicious romance.
    And the Naked books are a scream, too.

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  13. Edith, you are so CUTE!!! I love Romance Novel TV. To hear the authors’ voices, see their smiles and senses of humor has been a treat. I think it’s an excellent marketing tool, because it gives the reader an insight beyond the writers’ written word. Plus, for some reason they have my blog link posted, which astounds me!
    For spring reading, I’d buy a bunch of travel and fashion magazines just for the fun of it. I’m looking forward to Paul Levine’s 4th in his Solomon and Lord series, which are madcap almost-romances (out in June). And for an unusual setting (warm, sunny and springlike, too), try Louise Allen’s A Most Unconventional Courtship, a Harlequin Regency set in Corfu.

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  14. Edith, you are so CUTE!!! I love Romance Novel TV. To hear the authors’ voices, see their smiles and senses of humor has been a treat. I think it’s an excellent marketing tool, because it gives the reader an insight beyond the writers’ written word. Plus, for some reason they have my blog link posted, which astounds me!
    For spring reading, I’d buy a bunch of travel and fashion magazines just for the fun of it. I’m looking forward to Paul Levine’s 4th in his Solomon and Lord series, which are madcap almost-romances (out in June). And for an unusual setting (warm, sunny and springlike, too), try Louise Allen’s A Most Unconventional Courtship, a Harlequin Regency set in Corfu.

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  15. Edith, you are so CUTE!!! I love Romance Novel TV. To hear the authors’ voices, see their smiles and senses of humor has been a treat. I think it’s an excellent marketing tool, because it gives the reader an insight beyond the writers’ written word. Plus, for some reason they have my blog link posted, which astounds me!
    For spring reading, I’d buy a bunch of travel and fashion magazines just for the fun of it. I’m looking forward to Paul Levine’s 4th in his Solomon and Lord series, which are madcap almost-romances (out in June). And for an unusual setting (warm, sunny and springlike, too), try Louise Allen’s A Most Unconventional Courtship, a Harlequin Regency set in Corfu.

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  16. Edith, you are so CUTE!!! I love Romance Novel TV. To hear the authors’ voices, see their smiles and senses of humor has been a treat. I think it’s an excellent marketing tool, because it gives the reader an insight beyond the writers’ written word. Plus, for some reason they have my blog link posted, which astounds me!
    For spring reading, I’d buy a bunch of travel and fashion magazines just for the fun of it. I’m looking forward to Paul Levine’s 4th in his Solomon and Lord series, which are madcap almost-romances (out in June). And for an unusual setting (warm, sunny and springlike, too), try Louise Allen’s A Most Unconventional Courtship, a Harlequin Regency set in Corfu.

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  17. Elaine, The Oysters of Anywhere would put me in the E.R. Allergic to them, I am. sigh.
    And Maggie, So nice to be called Cute!
    Thanking you.

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  18. Elaine, The Oysters of Anywhere would put me in the E.R. Allergic to them, I am. sigh.
    And Maggie, So nice to be called Cute!
    Thanking you.

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  19. Elaine, The Oysters of Anywhere would put me in the E.R. Allergic to them, I am. sigh.
    And Maggie, So nice to be called Cute!
    Thanking you.

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  20. Elaine, The Oysters of Anywhere would put me in the E.R. Allergic to them, I am. sigh.
    And Maggie, So nice to be called Cute!
    Thanking you.

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  21. Ooops… Mistyped Locmariaquer. Sorry to read that you’re allergic, Edith, but I’ll bet you’d enjoy the book anyhoo.
    I am going to have to look up some of these other suggestions… RIGHT NOW.
    Bye

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  22. Ooops… Mistyped Locmariaquer. Sorry to read that you’re allergic, Edith, but I’ll bet you’d enjoy the book anyhoo.
    I am going to have to look up some of these other suggestions… RIGHT NOW.
    Bye

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  23. Ooops… Mistyped Locmariaquer. Sorry to read that you’re allergic, Edith, but I’ll bet you’d enjoy the book anyhoo.
    I am going to have to look up some of these other suggestions… RIGHT NOW.
    Bye

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  24. Ooops… Mistyped Locmariaquer. Sorry to read that you’re allergic, Edith, but I’ll bet you’d enjoy the book anyhoo.
    I am going to have to look up some of these other suggestions… RIGHT NOW.
    Bye

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  25. Pride and Prejudice! Lovely to re-visit it in the spring.
    Bridet Jone’s Diary is an undemanding hoot.
    I’m reading Shana Abe’s The Smoke Thief right now and loving it. Darkfrith might be a bit moody for spring, but the book’s fabulous.
    If all else fails, rent Camelot. “It’s May! It’s May!”

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  26. Pride and Prejudice! Lovely to re-visit it in the spring.
    Bridet Jone’s Diary is an undemanding hoot.
    I’m reading Shana Abe’s The Smoke Thief right now and loving it. Darkfrith might be a bit moody for spring, but the book’s fabulous.
    If all else fails, rent Camelot. “It’s May! It’s May!”

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  27. Pride and Prejudice! Lovely to re-visit it in the spring.
    Bridet Jone’s Diary is an undemanding hoot.
    I’m reading Shana Abe’s The Smoke Thief right now and loving it. Darkfrith might be a bit moody for spring, but the book’s fabulous.
    If all else fails, rent Camelot. “It’s May! It’s May!”

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  28. Pride and Prejudice! Lovely to re-visit it in the spring.
    Bridet Jone’s Diary is an undemanding hoot.
    I’m reading Shana Abe’s The Smoke Thief right now and loving it. Darkfrith might be a bit moody for spring, but the book’s fabulous.
    If all else fails, rent Camelot. “It’s May! It’s May!”

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  29. Loved the interview!
    In the spring, I too tend to re-read favourite comfort reads….anything Austen (but particularly P&P and Persuasion)….the Wimsey/Vane Sayers Mysteries (that relationship fascinates me), The Scarlett Pimpernel, The Prisoner of Zenda…and ALL Georgette Heyer, favourites first.
    And if I really want to wallow, the Elswyth Thane series…
    And I start re-reading my favourite historical romance authors, particularly favourite series… right now I’m re-reading Jo’s books, as she’s doing a wonderful stint at the RT Boards….

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  30. Loved the interview!
    In the spring, I too tend to re-read favourite comfort reads….anything Austen (but particularly P&P and Persuasion)….the Wimsey/Vane Sayers Mysteries (that relationship fascinates me), The Scarlett Pimpernel, The Prisoner of Zenda…and ALL Georgette Heyer, favourites first.
    And if I really want to wallow, the Elswyth Thane series…
    And I start re-reading my favourite historical romance authors, particularly favourite series… right now I’m re-reading Jo’s books, as she’s doing a wonderful stint at the RT Boards….

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  31. Loved the interview!
    In the spring, I too tend to re-read favourite comfort reads….anything Austen (but particularly P&P and Persuasion)….the Wimsey/Vane Sayers Mysteries (that relationship fascinates me), The Scarlett Pimpernel, The Prisoner of Zenda…and ALL Georgette Heyer, favourites first.
    And if I really want to wallow, the Elswyth Thane series…
    And I start re-reading my favourite historical romance authors, particularly favourite series… right now I’m re-reading Jo’s books, as she’s doing a wonderful stint at the RT Boards….

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  32. Loved the interview!
    In the spring, I too tend to re-read favourite comfort reads….anything Austen (but particularly P&P and Persuasion)….the Wimsey/Vane Sayers Mysteries (that relationship fascinates me), The Scarlett Pimpernel, The Prisoner of Zenda…and ALL Georgette Heyer, favourites first.
    And if I really want to wallow, the Elswyth Thane series…
    And I start re-reading my favourite historical romance authors, particularly favourite series… right now I’m re-reading Jo’s books, as she’s doing a wonderful stint at the RT Boards….

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  33. The weather is beautiful and I am jetlagged out of my mind.
    So I am re-reading my favorite Carla Kelly novels. Last night I read MRS DREW PLAYS HER HAND. It was perfect for my half-conscious state–so much of it is so familiar to me, almost memorized, that my eyes skate along with almost no effort. And if I’m tempted to skip one scene and go forward, there’s no guilt because I’ve read it so many times already. (Same if I fall asleep–no guilt–and I can clutch it like a talisman as I doze without fear of rumpling the pages, as they are so tattered already.)
    I think tonight I will read ONE GOOD TURN and swoon over one of my favorite bad-guy-turned-heroes.

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  34. The weather is beautiful and I am jetlagged out of my mind.
    So I am re-reading my favorite Carla Kelly novels. Last night I read MRS DREW PLAYS HER HAND. It was perfect for my half-conscious state–so much of it is so familiar to me, almost memorized, that my eyes skate along with almost no effort. And if I’m tempted to skip one scene and go forward, there’s no guilt because I’ve read it so many times already. (Same if I fall asleep–no guilt–and I can clutch it like a talisman as I doze without fear of rumpling the pages, as they are so tattered already.)
    I think tonight I will read ONE GOOD TURN and swoon over one of my favorite bad-guy-turned-heroes.

    Reply
  35. The weather is beautiful and I am jetlagged out of my mind.
    So I am re-reading my favorite Carla Kelly novels. Last night I read MRS DREW PLAYS HER HAND. It was perfect for my half-conscious state–so much of it is so familiar to me, almost memorized, that my eyes skate along with almost no effort. And if I’m tempted to skip one scene and go forward, there’s no guilt because I’ve read it so many times already. (Same if I fall asleep–no guilt–and I can clutch it like a talisman as I doze without fear of rumpling the pages, as they are so tattered already.)
    I think tonight I will read ONE GOOD TURN and swoon over one of my favorite bad-guy-turned-heroes.

    Reply
  36. The weather is beautiful and I am jetlagged out of my mind.
    So I am re-reading my favorite Carla Kelly novels. Last night I read MRS DREW PLAYS HER HAND. It was perfect for my half-conscious state–so much of it is so familiar to me, almost memorized, that my eyes skate along with almost no effort. And if I’m tempted to skip one scene and go forward, there’s no guilt because I’ve read it so many times already. (Same if I fall asleep–no guilt–and I can clutch it like a talisman as I doze without fear of rumpling the pages, as they are so tattered already.)
    I think tonight I will read ONE GOOD TURN and swoon over one of my favorite bad-guy-turned-heroes.

    Reply
  37. Some favorite re-reads for me? Lorna Doone, Jane Eyre, and the Patricia Veryans, as well as Heyer. I also just re-read the D.E. Stevenson books, “Mrs. Tim”,”Mrs. Tim Carries On”. “Mrs. Tim Flies Home” etc. And I will be re- reading some of the Wordwenches books, including yours, of course!

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  38. Some favorite re-reads for me? Lorna Doone, Jane Eyre, and the Patricia Veryans, as well as Heyer. I also just re-read the D.E. Stevenson books, “Mrs. Tim”,”Mrs. Tim Carries On”. “Mrs. Tim Flies Home” etc. And I will be re- reading some of the Wordwenches books, including yours, of course!

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  39. Some favorite re-reads for me? Lorna Doone, Jane Eyre, and the Patricia Veryans, as well as Heyer. I also just re-read the D.E. Stevenson books, “Mrs. Tim”,”Mrs. Tim Carries On”. “Mrs. Tim Flies Home” etc. And I will be re- reading some of the Wordwenches books, including yours, of course!

    Reply
  40. Some favorite re-reads for me? Lorna Doone, Jane Eyre, and the Patricia Veryans, as well as Heyer. I also just re-read the D.E. Stevenson books, “Mrs. Tim”,”Mrs. Tim Carries On”. “Mrs. Tim Flies Home” etc. And I will be re- reading some of the Wordwenches books, including yours, of course!

    Reply

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