I was going to write a long, musing post about classics and non-classics, and how reading obscure novels does and does not help one become ‘well-read’ – but I’m sleepy and haven’t watched Emmerdale yet, so I’m putting that post on hold… and will instead quickly mention a book I now want. Sister Wendy Beckett – the nun and art historian – was on My Life in Books this week, and was absolutely wonderful. Such a lovely, engaging, inspirational woman – and she left me very much wanting The Duty of Delight: the Diaries of Dorothy Day – even though I still have very little idea who Dorothy Day was. All I know is that she was a co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement (about which I know almost nothing) – but Sister Wendy was persuasive enough to convince me I’d find this book hugley insightful and, again, inspirational.
Drawback being, of course, that it’s over £30. I’ll have to wait until the paperback comes out in October, for under £10 – rather more affordable. But I thought I’d mention it first, in case any of you have read it – and maybe to inspire you to find it in your library. Or perhaps you have £30 you’re keen to spend on books?
Which reminds me – on Monday I finally finished unpacking (we moved last July) and found £10 of book tokens! Actually book-token-cards… which might have expired. Hmm… Usually book tokens last approximately ten seconds in my hands, but Project 24 meant they lingered a bit. I’ll have to pop into Waterstone’s and see if they’re still valid. And then – guilt-free book buying! (Another reminder – I *still* haven’t revealed my haul from a trip to London a few weeks ago. So many things to write about…)