Persephone Readathon Open Post: Days 2-4

Welcome back, readathoners!

Here’s where you can share what you’re up to on days 2-4 of the #PersephoneReadathon.

I’ll be updating this post so make sure to check back often.

February 4th Update: Hope you all are having/had a lovely weekend! I’ve added a recap of Day Three, as well as my response to the Author Shoutout challenge.

February 3rd Update: Below you’ll find recaps of days 1-2, including some of the most common First Impressions and some of your stunning Persephone photos. I’ve also included my response to today’s Time Travel challenge, as well as a quick note.

First, I’d like to welcome all of our new participants! I’m thrilled to have you join in and look forward to seeing what you all read, review, and post over the course of the readathon. Don’t forget to sign up so that I, and other readathoners, can more easily find you!

I’m really enjoying browsing the #PersephoneReadathon hashtags on social media. Keep your lovely posts coming!

Finally, I won’t be publishing a separate readathon post on the blog today, but I’ll be back tomorrow (Sunday) with a Sunday Salon post full of tons of Persephone Books related links. Until then, I’ll still be around and active on social media. (Twitter, Instagram)

Happy Persephone reading!

Day 3 Recap

From the Time Travel challenge responses I’ve seen, it’s clear that many of us have a huge interest in the Interwar period. If you’d like to recommend a novel set in this era (from Persephone or not) please do so! Also, do you have a favorite film or miniseries set during this time?

I’ll go first:

Some Interwar novels that I’ve enjoyed include: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

A few of my favorite films or miniseries set in the interwar years: Gosford Park, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Time in Between, and the adaptations of I Capture the Castle and Cold Comfort Farm. 

(Day 4) Author Shout-out: Shine a spotlight on a neglected woman writer you wish more people knew about

I wish more people were familiar with Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990).

She was quite well-known in her lifetime, and many of her books have been republished by Virago Modern Classics.


Dusty Answer is the only one of her books I currently own in a physical copy, but I’ve also read and loved Invitation to the Waltz and The Weather in the Streets.

I love Lehmann’s rich prose and her vivid, well-drawn characters. She has a wonderful knack for capturing the feelings of adolescence and of loneliness and isolation.

Her books were ahead of their time and caused quite a bit of controversy; Dusty Answer features same-sex relationships, and The Weather in the Streets includes the aftermath of a back-street abortion.

I hope to read more of Rosamond Lehmann’s work, but until then I highly recommend Dusty Answer, Invitation to the Waltz and its sequel The Weather in the Streets. They are charming reads full of emotional complexity and featuring unforgettable female protagonists.


Day 2 Recap

I asked to see your Photogenic Persephones, and you guys really delivered. There were so many great responses, and I thought I would share a few here.

Claire at The Captive Reader shared a post full of stunning photos like this one:

Photo Credit: Claire at The Captive Reader


Arpita of Bag Full of Books has some gorgeous photos of her Persephone Books displayed in creative ways:

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Photo Credit: Arpita at Bag Full of Books


Jennifer at Holds Upon Happiness has a very cheerful spread of Persephone books:

Photo Credit: Jennifer at Holds Upon Happiness


And, I think we may all be a bit envious of Ali from Heavenali‘s impressive Persephone Collection, which has been 12 years in the making:

Photo Credit: Ali at Heavenali


(Day 3) Time Travel Challenge: Tell us which decade you are currently “visiting” and share your favorite historical period(s)

I’m currently reading Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary and am therefore visiting the 1860’s-1880’s as well as the early 1930’s. Quite a wide timeframe!

I’m a huge history lover, so it might be quicker to ask which historical periods I don’t love, instead of which are my favorite. To keep it simple and relevant to the readathon, two of my favorite historical periods are the interwar period and the 1940’s.

I find these eras incredibly fascinating to read about. Not to mention the fact that so many of the sociopolitical issues of the day are frighteningly similar to current events. Obviously, we haven’t learned from our past mistakes.

On a more superficial note, I also really enjoy the glamour and the style of the 1920’s-1940’s.


Day 1 Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of the readathon! I mentioned on Twitter that I wasn’t a very productive reader myself, but I loved seeing what you all were up to. I’m sure I’ll get more reading done later today and over the weekend.

From the First Impressions Challenge responses, it seems the majority of us discovered Persephone Books on the Internet- most often through BookTube or book blogs. A couple of people found Persephone by chance, from browsing on Amazon or in a charity shop. Many of you could also pinpoint a specific person to thank (or blame) for your Persephone obsession.

And it really is an obsession isn’t it?! What was very clear from all of your responses was that Persephone Books are incredibly addicting; it only takes one to become hooked for life. The most popular “gateway” book was, unsurprisingly, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. It’s their bestseller for a reason!

That said, I’d like to go on the record here to formally apologize for my part in contributing to any of your Persephone Books addictions. It was reckless and irresponsible of me to host this readathon. The truth is, I am an enabler. To make amends, I will be donating my time and resources to the formation of a Persephone Books Support Group. 😉

Until then, let’s just enjoy the next ten days, shall we?!!


(Day 2) Photogenic Persephones Challenge: Share a photo (or photos) of your Persephone Collection and/or your readathon TBR stack

I’ve shared photos of my readathon TBR here, and my Persephone Books collection here


Now, show off those gorgeous Persephones!!



Header Image Credit: Daniel Dalton/BuzzFeed



14 thoughts on “Persephone Readathon Open Post: Days 2-4

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    1. Oh, I’ve heard wonderful things about Saplings. Hope you enjoy it! The only downside to Persephone Books are their higher cost- especially for those of us that live outside of the UK! It might be worth checking Abebooks for secondhand copies- I’ve found some great deals there.

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  1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was one of my first reads as well. I got the chance to learn about Persephone books before the book blog world thanks to a reading forum I used to visit. Then about 18 years ago I went to London and visited the shop. So lovely and such a treat to see in person.

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  2. My day three comment: The interwar period is my favorite. I’m a huge fan of Angela Thirkell–that’s how I found out about this readathon–from Angela Thirkell>The Captive Reader>Jessie’s blog about Readathon. The book I am going to review today (I hope) was written during interwar period. It’s RC Sherriff’s The Hopkins Manuscript. It was and was not about interwar period. The bits where he is making a life with the two young people, sorry, you’ll need to read my review to know what I’m talking about, are really about life in interwar period, I’d say. He clearly presages some of life in WWII as well. But it is certainly NOT my favorite Persephone. I’ll recommend two of interwar period. First, The Children Who Lived in a Barn. I love children’s books and this one was great. Two, Denis Mackail’s Greenery Street. He was Angela Thirkell’s brother and this is charming.

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      1. Most of mine are those Moyer and Bell paperbacks, but I have some lovely hardbound ones, even some British first eds. (though only a couple), but I like the mixture of cover illustrations from various time periods of publishing. It’s really interesting to me to see the range of cover illustrations being made to get new readership for, say, writers like Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt (who I read as a teenager back in Dark Ages). Not so interested in them now.

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