Friday, 28 August 2009

Persephone Update 12 & Prize

It's the last day of Persephone Reading Week, everyone; are you as sad about that as I am? I have enjoyed myself immensely and had such a wonderful reading experience yesterday with my Persephone of the day, Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski (review forthcoming).

I will be rounding up over the next couple of days, linking to your reviews and awarding some of the outstanding prizes. Once Verity returns from holiday we will together decide our favourite Persephone-related post and award A London Child of the 1870s.

Speaking of prizes, I have drawn yesterday's copy of Good Evening, Mrs Craven and the lucky recipient is...

NYMETH

Congratulations! Please email your address and I'll pop that in the post to you next week. I'm so glad that a) you have another Persephone to read now (as you have the self-imposed book ban and can't buy any) and b) it's a Persephone of WWII short stories, a time period you have been seeking out in literature.

For everyone else: don't be downhearted as there is still one remaining copy of Good Evening, Mrs Craven to win and all you have to do is comment here today. I will also be announcing the winner of my Persephone quiz this evening.

Speaking of Good Evening, Mrs Craven, we have our first reviews of it this week from Danielle and Simon S. I am delighted that Simon enjoyed his first Persephone book (the first of many, I imagine!) and I plan to read it myself today.

In honour of the last day of Persephone Reading Week, The Persephone Post have treated us this apt and beautiful painting. To me, it epitomises the joyful experience of this week.

Verity has summed up her experiences in this lovely, gracious post and has given voice to sentiments I wholeheartedly agree with.

Darlene has reviewed The Village by Marghanita Laski for us, and I now covet the book (of course). Laski has definitely been our most proficient and popular Persephone author this week; she has indeed been my favourite, although I still have one more Persephone to fit in before the challenge ends.

Also, you MUST visit fleur fisher's blog today as not only does she have a wonderfully generous prize giveaway of TWO Persephones, she also has this lovely and highly informative feature (part one) published yesterday with part two to come today. Thank you so much on behalf of myself and Verity.

I hope you have enjoyed this week and enjoy this last day of it. Please share your highlights with me in comments and inform us of anything you would like to see during our next reading week devoted to the lovely dove-grey books.



14 comments:

StuckInABook said...

Thanks for all your hard work this week, Claire, it's been such fun!

Cristina said...

Firstly, congratulations to Nymeth!

I too am sad that this is the last day of this wonderful week and would also like to thank you and Verity for your excellent efforts. It was great fun and has spurred me on to look out for more Persephones to relish in future. I had a wonderful time and also enjoyed reading other bloggers' posts and comments and delighted in all the various photos and quotes. It was all brilliant.

Hurray for Persephone Week! :-)

Paperback Reader said...

You're welcome, Simon; I am thrilled that you have all enjoyed yourself and that we have some newly converted Persephone devotees amongst us.

Paperback Reader said...

Cristina, thank you! It means a lot. Hurray indeed! Hee.

Nymeth said...

Hooray!!! :D

Many, many thanks to you and Verity for everything. This was a wonderful week, and I'm looking forward to next time already :)

Paperback Reader said...

You can haz Persephone, Ana!

I'm looking forward to the next one too; this week has been great to make a dent in the Persephones I have that are unread but I need many more weeks in the future to big a bigger one (taking into account future acquisitions that will occur from this week)!

Darlene said...

Claire, I'm just about to dash out the door to work but I'd like to echo Simon's sentiments. As I wrote to Verity, I would look so forward to reading the reviews and post each morning, you two really made my week shine! Better run...see you!

Carl V. said...

Congrats to Nymeth!

Although I didn't participate I did pop around reading some posts and it sounds like everyone had a lovely time. Well done hosts!

Awfulknitter said...

I've enjoyed reading everybody's reviews and thoughts, even though I wasn't really able to participate - I had no new Persephones on hand and remembered too late to order new ones, although I did re-read Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (which I enjoyed enormously, of course). Roll on the next Persephone Reading Week - do we really have to wait a whole year?

leaningtowardthesun said...

What a great week! Thank you Claire and Verity for hosting, I truly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next Persephone Reading Week
-Danielle

Paperback Reader said...

Darlene, thank you; it's really been a wonderful week.

How kind of you to comment, Carl; I appreciate it coming from the most well-known challenge host amongst the blogosphere! Roll on RIP IV!

Awfulknitter, that sounds like a delightful way to spend the week! I am trying to persuade Verity to have one a little early next year than August...

Danielle, you are most welcome and thank you so much for taking part.

Tracey said...

Huge thanks to you and Verity for hosting such a great week. I have really enjoyed reading all the posts and am inspired to read lots more Persephones. I already have two more out of the library and can't wait for the next Persephone reading week!

Book Psmith said...

Is it really the last day? Please tell me we will have another week soon. I have so enjoyed this challenge, and a big part of that was the fantastic hosts, you and Verity. I know I will finish Miss Buncle today and will put up a review. Thanks again for the unforgettable week>

Paperback Reader said...

Tracey, it's been our pleasure! Which titles did you borrow from the library? I want to devour the other ones I have unread on the shelf as well as borrow the few my library stocks.

Book Psmith, I am afraid so :s. I want to have another one as soon as possible, if only to read all of the Persephones I've been so tempted by this week! I'm really excited about reading your review; Miss Buncle's Book is one that I will be reading soon, when I have time to become lost in it.