WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
My book group decided to read a book by John LeCarré (1931-2020) for our January meeting after several members expressed sorrow at his passing and enthusiasm for his body of work. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was chosen as both one of his best and one that would work as a standalone for those unfamiliar with him. Normally, I like suspense and espionage fiction but I found this tedious and had not finished tonight when we met so I am still reading it.
I just finished Star Island by Marjory Hall (1908-2003). This is the first in a trilogy about Carolyn Winthrop, a senior in high school (perhaps in Connecticut or Pennsylvania) who is overlooked in a large, lively family and lacks self-confidence. When she is asked to be a counselor at a summer camp in upstate New York, Carolyn is apprehensive but rises to the challenge. Over the busy summer, she matures, learns how to lead, and finds a boyfriend at the boys’ camp across the lake (a staple of camp fiction). Fans of summer camp (and its juvenile/YA fiction) will enjoy the detail of the activities, the planning of the counselors to entertain the campers, and the personal growth. I was amused that Carolyn’s high school graduation is secondary to getting ready for camp and although she is going to college, it is never mentioned. As a teen, I read several of Hall’s career novels (written mostly in the 50s like this, including one I came across in 2015, A Hatbox for Mimi, which I startled my coworker Mimi by giving to her. Well, wouldn’t you like a book with your name in the title?The Proper Place by O. Douglas (1877-1948), which someone advised me was a good starting point:
After the Great War, the Rutherfurds reluctantly sell their beautiful old ancestral home in the Borders to the nouveau riche Jacksons from Glasgow. They settle in Fife but ties are not completely severed as Mrs. Jackson asks for the Rutherfurds’ help to face the 'county'. A gentle comedy of manners with poignant observations and devastating wit.
Cover is a bit dismal!
Douglas was a Scottish novelist and the younger sister of John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps (made into one of my favorite Hitchcock movies) and others. I acquired two of her books when I was in Cardiff nearly two years ago but I’d gathered there are some recurring characters so I did not want to read out of order. I asked the Boston Public Library to order this book and it obligingly purchased an ebook. I’ll let you know what I think!
Happy Inauguration Day!