25 May 2018

Mini Persephone Readathon

I enjoyed the Bout of Books Readathon last week, so when I saw that Jessie from the Dwell in Possibility blog was hosting a mini, weekend one, I said "Why not?"

Jessie's announcement:

The weekend-long Mini Persephone Readathon will run from Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. This will be a laid back readathon; read as much or as little as you’d like. The goal is simply to enjoy reading and discussing all things Persephone Books. You can find additional info about the readathon on my Persephone Readathons Page.

I've picked "Diary of a Provincial Lady" by E. M. Delafield as my reading material for the weekend. I couldn't find the Persephone Books version, but my library has the original 1931 edition. The illustrations by Arthur Watts are supposed to be excellent.

I chose it because it's a comedy, a very British comedy. The Persephone description likens it to "Diary of a Nobody" by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith (1892). I read that in January and thought it quite funny, so I guess I like British self-deprecating humor.

My backup, in case I don't get along with "Diary of a Provincial Lady" for some odd reason, or if I get done early, is "Fidelity: A Novel" by Susan Glaspell.

Come join the fun and read a good book with us!


  1. How exciting to get to read an original 1931 edition!! I'm sure the illustrations are delightful. Enjoy!

  2. It's arrived and I cheated a bit by reading a few pages early - didn't want to hate it and have nothing to replace it. The illustrations are fun line drawings. I'll try to post a few with my review. The writing is a hoot!! I'm sure I will devour this very quickly.