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.

33 thoughts on “Barbara Pym Reading Week

  1. lyn June 1, 2013 / 12:54 am

    I have a few posts lined up for the week. This is my first post with links to my earlier reviews of the novels.

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


  2. ana June 1, 2013 / 2:09 am

    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.


  3. Anna van Gelderen June 1, 2013 / 4:29 am

    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!


  4. LyzzyBee June 1, 2013 / 5:16 am

    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 …


  5. Thomas at My Porch June 1, 2013 / 10:32 am

    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.


  6. Melwyk June 1, 2013 / 11:17 am

    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 :)


  7. Nan June 1, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    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.


  8. Mimi June 1, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    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.


  9. Geranium Cat June 1, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    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…


  10. Karen K. June 1, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    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.


  11. readerlane June 2, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    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.


  12. Bellezza June 2, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    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,


  13. Susan in TX June 2, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    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.


  14. Melwyk June 7, 2013 / 12:47 am

    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 ;)


  15. Sarah Kim June 7, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    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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