I’m afraid I’ve gone MIA these past few weeks. Miss Darcy’s Library hasn’t been far from my thoughts, and I do have a whole list of reviews on the way, but I just can’t seem to finish one.
In the meantime, I’m busy planning my first trip back to the States since 2002 and am very excited! I’ll be going during the Easter holidays and will be staying with my best friend, in Washington D.C. We’re planning to get up to all sorts of wild shenanigans, but one of the things I’m looking forward to most is taking a short road trip down south, to see Charleston and Savannnah. I’ve been doing some research and I almost wish we were just doing that! It all sounds utterly magical: Spanish moss and honey-glazed ham; plantation houses and Civil War battlefields; Richmond, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the coastline of the Carolinas… We’ll never cram it all into four days, and it breaks my heart to have to choose!
Of course, I’ve already bought a guide book. But my friend and I would also like to read a couple of novels before we head off, and this is where I’ve stalled. For apart from Gone With the Wind, the only other titles I can think of are signed Sarah Addison Allen. And while I loved Garden Spells and found her subsequent novels very enjoyable, not to mention hugely atmospheric, they’re not exactly literature. Does anyone have anything else to recommend? (I have a nasty feeling you’re all going to say I have to read Faulkner, but please don’t! I’m prejudiced against dear William: he certainly qualifies as literature, but I just know he’s going to be dark and depressing!). I’d love to compile a really long Southern-themed reading-list to dip in and out of in the coming weeks, as I gear up for my big trip, so please be generous with your suggestions!
© Florence Berlioz 2013