Persephone Readathon Open Post: Days 5-7

Welcome back, readathoners!

Here’s where you can share what you’re up to on days 5-7 of the #PersephoneReadathon.

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

(Don’t forget to check out the previous open post for days 2-4)

February 7th Update:

What Persephone book are you currently reading? I’m planning to finish Little Boy Lost tonight and will pick up Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton next.

I’ve recapped days five and six, and included my latest challenge responses below:

Days 5 & 6 Recap

Here are some of the lovely posts published by readathon participants over the past two days:

-Fran shared some female writers who deserve more attention and recommendations based on The Shuttle on her blog Fran Laniado- Author

-Melody of Melody’s Blog reviewed The Hopkins Manuscript by R. C. Sherriff

-At Books and Chocolate, Karen discussed her Top Ten Persephones

-Jane at Beyond Eden Rock created An A to Z of Persephone Books

-Over at The Book Trunk, Chris combined the daily challenges into a Persephone Ponderings Post

(Day 7) Quote This: Share a quote from one of your readathon books

From Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski:

Hilary was a fast reader and dreaded nothing more than to be stranded without print. He would read anything sooner than nothing, fragments of sporting news torn up in a lavatory, a motor journal on an hotel table, an out-of-date evening paper picked up in a bus. He would covetously eye the books held by strangers in the trains, forcing them into conversation until he could offer his own read book in exchange for something new. But if, by ill-luck, he was reduced to reading nothing but haphazard chance finds that offered his mind only the bare fact of being print, he would become dreary, unhappy, uneasy, like a gourmet who suffers from indigestion after eating bad food. -(Laski, 124)


(Day 6) In Six Words: Describe your current Persephone read in 6 words

Engrossing story of father seeking son




Day 4 Recap

An update on my own reading: I’ve finished Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary by Ruby Ferguson and have started Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski. I really enjoyed the former, but the latter may end up being a five-star read!

I haven’t seen many author shoutouts so far, so if you think of a neglected woman writer you’d like us to know about, we’re all ears!

And do yourself a favor and check out the work of Rosamond Lehmann. Invitation to the Waltz is a wonderful place to start.

I wanted to quickly share a few posts published by participants over the weekend:

(Day 5) Read This: Give a book recommendation/readalike based on a Persephone title


You can see my recommendations here

Also, make sure to check out Claire’s excellent post at The Captive Reader



Header Image Credit: Persephone Books via. Freunde von Freunden




15 thoughts on “Persephone Readathon Open Post: Days 5-7

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  1. It is so difficult to choose on lovely quotation from so man possibilities, but the first book that came to mind was Marjory Fleming by Oriel Malet:

    “Marjory climbed out of bed and tiptoed across the room to look closer. There were no pictures, and confronted with the black and white symmetry of the print, which was small and close, and peppered with curly S’s, she felt a definite sense of frustration. Why couldn’t she read, when she wanted to so much?

    She flicked over the pages in desperation. The light fell on the title page. There, in big, black letters, was a whole row of words. Looking at them, Marjory suddenly found that they said “The Mouse, and Other Tales,” and were no longer just a jumble of letters. Even while she stood a little bewildered, in front of her own small miracle, a door slammed somewhere downstairs, and voices floated up from below. Closing the book, she scampered back to bed, and almost at once fell fast asleep.

    Next day, when she awoke, the first thing that Marjory remembered was that she could read. She had made out “The Mouse and Other Tales” all by herself. For a moment she lay breathless before this discovery.”

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  2. A couple of late shout-outs: Richmal Crompton, Margery Sharp. SIx word recap: interminably bleak, not dull, cataclysm narrative. Will be back with my quote and I’m working on a review of Edith Henrietta Fowler’s The Young Pretenders.

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  3. One of my favorite quotes, you can tell I’m a theological librarian but even if you do not believe it is God who creates all this, you will see the beauty in this quote from Winifred Holtby’s The Crowded Street: “Fiercely she fought this sense of inexorable doom for the salvation of her dreams. Surely God made the world most beautiful, and set within it to delight man’s heart music, and lingering scents, and the clear light of dawn through leafless trees. To teach man the holiness of law, He set the stars to ride their courses; for patience, He showed the slow fertility of earth; for wisdom, He granted an eternal hunger that would snatch its secret from the lightning, and their riddle from the tombs of ancient men. He gave man beauty of body, and delight in swift, free, movement. He gave him friendship, and the joy of service. And, lest these things should be too sweet, and cloy with sweetness, He gave him danger, that man might know the glory of adventure. And lest man should grow weary in his wandering, God gave the last and deepest mercy, Death.
    Not quite in definite words, Muriel thought this, but somehow her heart told her that Life was this joyous, regal journey. She was grown up. The whole world lay before her. The great adventure, which just must end right, was about to begin.”

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