Dewey’s October 24 Hour #Readathon! Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8 am (EST)

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Get ready, readers! Saturday morning at 8 am (EST) start your reading!

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Play Readathon Bingo! Participate in mini-challenges! Or, just read!

Learn about some amazing new books from fellow readers!


My Reading Choices

I’ve got some “stragglers” I need to finish– excellent books that have gotten lost due to the reading in my new graduate certificate program. I’ve hit my reading stride with those dull tomes now, so maybe I can get a different book read once in a while? Here’s a look at a few of those:

I have a few new books, too, that might be enjoyable to just lose myself in one.

I also have two diaries I’m reading right now. I sometimes take a few years with these, reading when I have a few minutes here and there. The other is my first experience of Martha Gelhorn’s writing. She is suddenly popular again for obvious reasons.

Finally I have a few fun titles on my Kindle that I keep meaning to read. One is from Netflix and I owe a review. I also have another Muriel Spark.

You all know how this goes, right? Now that I’ve mentioned them as possibilities, it will be like having more homework and I’ll read something else!

Anyone want to vote? Leave me a comment!



Review: Miss Pettigrew Lives for the Day by Winifred Watson


My Interest

If you have not yet discovered London’s Persephone Books, you are in for many, many delightful reads.  Their aim is to rescue and keep in print books of the 20th Century from women authors. Blogger Dwell in Possibility makes reading these even a little more fun by having readathons, or in the case of last weekend, a mini-readathon. During readathons, you, obviously, READ books from this publisher’s list and share your reading on social media using the hashtag #PersephoneReadathon. There is even a new Twitter account: @ReadPersephone. Today I’m reviewing my mini-readathon book. I didn’t finish it all in one weekend, though I certainly could have.


The Story

“She began to tremble, trying to push away the small, clear voice. She wanted to go where they were going tonight, with a pathetic, passionate eagerness. She wanted to visit a night club, to partake of its activities…Simply and honestly she faced and confessed her abandonment of all the principles that had guided her through life. In one short day, at the first wink of temptation, she had not just fallen, but positively tumbled, from grace. Her long years of virtue counted for nothing. She had never been tempted before. The fleshpots called: the music bewitched: dens of iniquity charmed….. She could not deny that this way of sin, condemned by parents and principles, was a great deal more pleasant than the lonely path of virtue, and her morals had not withstood the test” (p. 135).


Guenivere Pettigrew, a spinster of 40 living in 1930’s London, has been accustomed to earning her way as a nursery maid or ladies maid or similar. Currently without a position, but thinking of the amazingly-still-open-Workhouse looming, she goes to one of the two job interviews the Agency has left. Supposedly a position for a nursemaid, the door is answered by the 1930’s version of a Bright Young Thing, albeit one who has climbed up to her position via her voice and the theatre. Miss Pettigrew does not even get to properly introduce herself before she is sucked into the vortex of her potential employer’s amazing social life.


Image: Persephone Books

“Nonsense, if you can look good once, you can look good always” (p. 166).

My Thoughts

My first thought was more people need an epiphany like that of Miss Pettigrew:

“What would her dear dead mother say if life came back to her body? What did Miss Pettigrew care? Nothing. Freely, frankly, joyously, she acknowledged the fact. She was out for a wild night. She was out to paint the town red….She was out to enjoy herself as she had never enjoyed herself before, and all the sermons in the world wouldn’t change her course.” (p. 167)



“She wore daringly a gown of sheer white.”  (p. 180)

I loved this line–that little nuance turns the phrase just slightly to the left.

My second thought was so many people hold on to “What would X think/say?” or “But Father X/Pastor X said...” and let that be an excuse to hide from the world–hide from fun and enjoyment. Miss Pettigrew never once compromised her true beliefs–she just learned to loosen up and enjoy the day.

This was such a fun book! It was a super-fast, but compelling read. Conversations are not burdened with things such as quotation marks or attribution of speakers. The reader is just swept up into that same vortex that caught Miss Pettigrew herself. The original illustrations are clever and so appropriate to both the era of the and to its characters.  I liked, too, that most of the characters are self-made, not aristocrats. They were much freer to make friends and romantic attachments.  “Delightful” was the word I’ve read everywhere on this gem of a book and delightful is my verdict.

4 Stars


Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson


Mini-Persephone Readathon Choices: Which one to pick for the weekend?


I happen to love the idea of readathons! I have a very bad track record, though, at following through with them. I’m HOPING I can break that curse this weekend. Here are my choices for the Mini-Persephone Books Readathon running from today until midnight Sunday/Monday at Dwell In Possibility. Persephone Books are mostly by women writers and are republished to preserve them and to get them into the hands of a new generation of readers. I love the idea, love the covers, artwork, and endpapers. In fact, their shop is on my bucket list for a future, longed-for return to London.

My Choices

Persephone covers are usually plain now, so I’m showing some older ones and some previous editions.



Peresphone Books I’ve already read


Links to my reviews:

The House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

I did not review How To Run Your Home Without Help