01 June 2013

Barbara Pym Reading Week

 

Scroll down to the next post if you want to skip BPRW housekeeping and get right to the heart of the festivities.

The RULES for Barbara Pym Reading Week:
  1. There are no rules.
Seriously, it's anything goes for the next eight days, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Both Amanda at the Fig and Thistle and I will be posting Pym-related content all week.
  • Other bloggers from all over the world will be posting things as well which we will link to here and at Fig and Thistle.
  • If you are a blogger and have posted something about Pym please leave a comment with a link to your post.
  • If you aren't a blogger we want to know what you think send us an email or leave a comment.
  • We have lots of Pym PRIZES (books, bags, tea towels, tea bag parkers). Those who leave comments on either My Porch or Fig and Thistle will be entered into a random draw.
  • We are also having a Pym Cover CONTEST. Submit via email or link in a comment by 6 AM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on June 7th. Get creative and make a cover image for a Pym novel. Extra points go to those who make it thematic to a specific novel. Multiple entries are acceptable. Paint, draw, sculpt, do a collage, manipulate a photo, you name it, just make sure you put some creativity and originality into your entry.
  • For a LIST OF PYM'S NOVELS and the story of how I met Miss Pym, scroll down to the next post.
  • Follow the fun on Twitter #PymReadingWeek and #BarbaraPym100
Have fun. We look forward to reading your comments and seeing your blog posts.

32 comments:

  1. Barbara Pym is indeed worthy of your special celebration. I posted about her books yesterday
    http://maryslibrary.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/05/barbara-pym.html

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  2. I have a few posts lined up for the week. This is my first post with links to my earlier reviews of the novels.
    http://tinyurl.com/mjjknl4

    Thank you for hosting BPRW, Thomas. It's going to be a lot of fun.

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  3. Ever since Elizabeth Strout recommended that the best book for relaxation for POTUS would be Some Tame Gazelle, I knew I must re read it and what better day to begin than the first day of your special reading week!! As an Australian citizen I can't run for office in the USA but i can take her advice on a really relaxing and delightful read.

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  4. I've posted, or rather re-posted, a review and here it is:
    http://harrietdevine.typepad.com/harriet_devines_blog/2013/06/jane_and_pruden.html
    So much looking forward to hearing more of people's responses. I so love Pym!!!!

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  5. I just wrote a post linking to this one (over here). It's in Dutch, so you probably won't be able to make heads or tails of it, but I thought this was a splendid opportunity to make Barbara Pym better known in the Netherlands. I will also be reading A Glass of Blessings, which will be my 5th Pym novel and I will hopefully finish it in time to blog about it before the festivities are over.
    Thanks for organizing this event!

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  6. I am excited about this reading week - and have started my re-reading on No Fond Return of Love last night - it might be my favourite Pym.

    I did a little post a couple of days agho to help promote the reading week. Here -) and will be reviewing No Fond return of Love in a day or two)
    http://heavenali.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/barbara-pym-reading-week-1st-8th-june-2013/

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  7. Oh, the excitement! I started re-reading No Fond Return of Love this morning and will be going to Heaven-Ali's Pym Tea Party tomorrow after hopefully finishing reading this one and the never-before-read Quartet in Autumn ...

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  8. I've just reviewed my first experience of Pym - Some Tame Gazelle - http://alexinleeds.com/2013/06/01/review-some-tame-gazelle-by-barbara-pym/.

    Up next, Excellent Women. :)

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  9. I won't be doing a lot, but if I have time I'll read and review Civil to Strangers, and also reviewed The Sweet Dove Died here:

    http://electricwitch.livejournal.com/221368.html

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  10. This is going to be so much fun! Thank you for arranging it. I'm starting out with Some Tame Gazelle, too...

    http://booksasfood.blogspot.com/2013/06/lifted-at-last.html

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  11. I've never read a Pym - which should I start with?

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  12. Roz and Layla: No Fond Return of Love is a good one to start with. Some Tame Gazelle is too. And I think The Sweet Dove Died, might also be good for a neophyte.

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  13. I sorted through my Pym books in preparation for this week, and realized I am only short of 2 titles! How exciting...I've begun reading An Unsuitable Attachment & love it -- so much library humour :)

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  14. Here is a post I wrote on how I met Barbara, why she is my favorite novelist, and why her books are my "go to" books: http://spectrumofperspectives.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-friendship-with-barbara-pym.html

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  15. I am stunned and very surprised, but I wanted to tell you that I don't think I care for Miss Pym anymore. I've begun two books and just cannot read them. Oh, well, c'est la bookish vie.

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  16. Woke to find my gardening plans had been thwarted by rain. Boo hoo!!! I was forced to read "Quartet in Autumn" while drinking mugs of hot tea and snuggling in a shawl, rocking on my leafy tree enclosed porch. What a great start to Barbara Pym Reading Week.

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  17. After a day in Oxford with the Barbara Pym Society, I am going to sit on the train home tomorrow reading everyone's posts (wifi permitting) and composing my own first post for the week. Will have to be on A Glass of Blessings as it's the only one I have with me.

    I'm sorry Nan's fallen out of love with BP, but these things happen, I guess...

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  18. I'm nearly finished with No Fond Return of Love and will be posting soon, probably Monday. I'm hoping to squeeze in another Pym by the end of the week! I look forward to reading all the postings.

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  19. Here's a
    Sunday Poetry post with a Pym connection,

    http://tinyurl.com/l3ogrra

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  20. I'm coming slightly late to the table
    as I only found out about the reading week this morning - I'm really looking forward to reading what everyone else thinks about Barbara Pym.
    http://victoriacorby.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/serendipity-aka-barbara-pym/

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  21. Thanks for hosting this and I have done a little post here:

    http://kaggsysbookishramblings.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/happy-birthday-barbara-pym/

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  22. I posted some thoughts on Jane and Prudence here:
    http://nonsuchbook.typepad.com/nonsuch_book/2013/06/jane-and-prudence-by-barbara-pym.html

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  23. Enjoying this already! http://desperatereader.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/barbara-pyms-birthday.html

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  24. Thanks for the inspiration. I'd forgotten how funny and insightful BP is. I've got Less Than Angels off the TBR shelf and am happily reading with pencil at hand to mark the best lines.

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  25. I began A Glass of Blessings, which after repeated attempts to finish I had to abandon halfway through. Now I've begun Excellent Women which is faring much better. I'm glad to be participating in this event and learning more about an author I haven't previously read, so thanks for hosting,

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  26. Got off to a later start than I wanted to, but I'm into Some Tame Gazelle and enjoying it - had to add that the Welcome banner is my favorite banner yet - love the way all the patterns look together.

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  27. I've read two of her books this week and reviewed them here with a link back to this post of yours:

    http://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/book-reviews-57/

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  28. Finally managed my first post for the Reading Week:
    http://geraniumcatsbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/spending-week-with-miss-pym.html

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  29. I've got my newly-designed covers posted, and just in time too! Thanks for the challenge to "cover" Pym this week, I had lots of fun though the results are rather amateurish ;)

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  30. Thanks so much for turning me on to Pym! I read An Academic Question and just started Jane and Prudence. Already have thoughts about going to the Pym conference next March. Here's a post I wrote: http://wildmoobooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-first-pym-academic-question.html

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  31. Thanks for hosting this! I read my first Pym book, Less Than Angels, this week and enjoyed it - here's my post: http://shereadsnovels.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/less-than-angels-by-barbara-pym/

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  32. After reading a book by Barbara Pym,I first discovered 2 years ago in a connection to the famous Larkin's comment about her being the most underrated author, I was so enchanted by the world and lives she created, I read all her novels in quick succession in a month. When I was finished, I just wanted to curl up and stay there for a while longer. It was a funny, gentle, sad, deeply human world inhabited by shallow, ordinary, gentle, sad, and lost and very human characters, I thank Pym for her small universe.

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