Sunday, June 28, 2009

Miss Read & Seinfeld

i haven't been to the library recently with all the bathroom upheaval and sick kids--so i've been re-reading my absolute favorite books by Miss Read (aka Dora Jessie Saint)

she wrote many books, mainly two series--the Fairacre books and the ones about Thrush Green--fictional villages in the Cotswolds of England.

and what do they have to do with Seinfeld ?--besides me watching the re-runs over and over again, almost as much as i have read and re-read Miss Read? well, both are "about nothing" except for the "minutiae" of daily life. Miss Read's books are simply about village life--there are some minor ups and downs and household drama, but i love these books because they are so peaceable and calm. Miss Read has a dry wit and so you may not be guffawing over these books, but there'll be lots of smiling.
my reading tastes tend to the mild and non-eventful. i try to keep up with the news and current political events and that's depressing and violent enough--so when i read for pleasure, i want it to be total escapism. and a peaceful village life in the Cotswolds is my idea of paradise.
other British authors that fit into this genre for me are Barbara Pym, Angela Thirkell, Maeve Binchy and Agatha Christie. comfort reading :-)


  1. I like to escape as well. My favorites tend to be historical fiction. I feel like I'm learning something while focusing on something other than depressing and overblown news.

  2. I am an avid reader too, I also like to escape into the world of books. I haven't read any of these, but I will see what I can find at the library!

  3. Another Miss Read fan waving to you from across the ocean in Holland. I too love visiting the little villages in the Cotswolds and spending time with all those who live there. I stopped by after reading about your blog on Kaaren's.

    Hugs ~