I decided to redo this blog and have a good think about the direction I take it. Yes I am an avid vintage Penguin book collector. The main reason I collect these books is because the social history they tell of the 20th century is great. They are also disappearing from our earth at an alarming rate because they are after all quite delicate paperback books. Do I wish to read all of them? No. I wish to pass on to another person one day a really lovely collection of first published Penguin books in the hope that whoever inherits this collection will continue to be its keeper for another couple of generations or so.
I read enough Buddhist texts to understand the laws of impermanence so I know that one day they will all turn to dust along with the rest of the world. So I can't be too precious about them.
I also collect a few old books of American authors. I like Uncle Tom's Cabin and authors John Steinbeck and Jack London. I keep my really lovely older books in the hallway as there isn't much light there and I like seeing my American heritage as I enter the front doorway into our home. All of the Penguin books are brightly displayed in the front bedroom which should be our larger master bedroom but instead is the library and computer room. I am currently reorganising Penguin shelves to photos of that later.
I have a good collection of old dog adventure stories that I collect from the 1800's to 1950. I mainly collect those because I love the illustrations especially those of the English illustrator Cecil Aldin. He is becoming very collectable these days and I can't afford many of the prints but the books are still within reach.
I have been so obsessed with my Penguin books that I haven't given much time to the other books I love just as much.
But back to the new directions of my blog. I am hoping to post up more often during the winter. I also hope to share more unusual interests I have in books besides my Penguins and general things I read. I love the quirky, I love American literature and I'm wanting to explore more Australian Lit. Most of the blogs I follow tend to feature a great deal of English lit and writers and personally I'm wanting to read more American Lit and also translated fiction.
Short stories are something I don't read a lot of and I have a bit of a hankering (love that term) to get into them as well and if I really get ambitious I might revisit some American poetry. I need to wake myself up, wake up Travellin' Penguin a bit and find something to study that I think others might also find interesting.
I will still include little stories of the furballs I live with and might even do a proper introduction of them. Maybe a feature here and there of each one individually because they really are quite the characters.
I am going to the USA to visit family and friends for the month of November later this year and hopefully will find some interesting things in the book shops. More on that closer to the date.
Well as it's going on 4:00 pm, my dog Wally who can tell time is reminding me it's his dinner hour so I'd better pay attention and do something about it or he really will make a nuisance of himself.
Pam, I love the new design, with the background image. I'll look forward to seeing where your new directions take you. And if your travels take you through Texas, be sure and let me know :)ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa, I would love to come to Texas but I will be in California, Florida and Tennessee. Maybe another time. I quite enjoy Texas and have been there several times. Love the Tex Mex food. Australians cannot make real Mexican or Tex Mex food so will be stocking up when there. Thank you for your lovely comments.ReplyDelete
This all sounds fantastic. I'll look forward to reading more about your other book passions. It's a good idea to rethink a blog every now & then.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lyn, I couldn't agree more. I think if I get bored with what I'm doing so will everyone else who may be interested.Delete
Love the first pic! Old hardcover books do have their own charm and these look really good on your shelves (with your doggies!) :)ReplyDelete
My dog Sandy is very 'vocal' too, when it comes to meal times!
Yes I love old hardcover books and the dogs always make me laugh. Books and dogs- a great combination!Delete
As a fellow Penguin collector, I know too well that these books can take over, but like you, I also love my other books just as much. In my case, a large collection of old hardback poetry books. I'll enjoy your new look blog. Lovely photo of some of your other books...ReplyDelete
It is the variety of the books that are so lovely. It is fun to dip into whatever is interesting at the moment. Thank you for your lovely comments.Delete
Ooh, I look forward to seeing where you're re-assessing takes you. I love all your posts, penguinish and otherwise. I have seen the Duncton Wood series here in the UK but never read them myself - I'll be interested in learning more about them. :)ReplyDelete