An unusual Vita and books for the train

A quick note that I’m over at Vulpes Libris today, writing about a novel by Vita Sackville-West that you might not have heard about… Grand Canyon is quite unlike anything else I’ve read by VSW.

Sorry for the lack of book reviews actually on SIAB for a while. Holidays and RSI and busyness have all collided, it seems, though my pile of books ready to review is steadily growing. And next week I’m off to Edinburgh, with a pile of paperbacks to read on the train… I thought these would be small and light enough to leave plenty of room for buying more!

books for Edin train


Let’s see how many I manage read on the long train journey…

18 thoughts on “An unusual Vita and books for the train

    • June 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Debbie! Sadly it does mean I haven’t brought my next book group book, cos it’s huge, but oh well…

  • June 8, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    This post me so happy..I think its just seeing a picture of stack of old books :)

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      :D That is always lovely, isn’t it?

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Absolutely! And it’s a direct journey so not even any worrynig about changing.

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Lovely books for the train – all types, all genres, a nice feast of diversity!

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Marina! That’s definitely the hope :) I can chop and change between them if need be.

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm


  • June 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Last week it took three different trains to get me from Peterborough to Edinburgh and I finally arrived at Waverley just under four hours late. I hope the same doesn’t happen to you, but if I were you I’d take all the books just in case.

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      I’m on a direct train so HOPEFULLY will be fine – but I’ll definitely be prepared if not!

  • June 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Oops, I commented about your journey on your Vita review – sorry! Edit if you can! Short books are a good idea for a long journey. Hope you have a lovely trip!

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Liz!

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    A couple of years ago we made the four hour train journey to Ottawa. I didn’t read as much as I thought I would because it was nice to watch the scenery go by. There are more than a few wide swathes of nothing but evergreen trees though.
    LOVED ‘Fair Stood the Wind for France’, Simon! Have a super time on your trip!

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Lyn, from I Prefer Reading, recommended the Bates ages and ages ago. I’m sure I’ll bring back some of these unread, but I hope that isn’t one of them.

  • June 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Remember to look at the views too! I read less and less on long journeys preferring to use that precious time for thought (that is not to imply you read thoughtlessly of course!)

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Oh, I’ll inevitably get distracted if we pass through pretty areas! I reserved a window seat too.

      But thought might have to wait. I find it harder to find time to read than I do time to think ;)

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