Yes, I’ve caved again. New books!
10 July, 2010
So I strolled into my local charity shop last weekend on the way to the park to read in the sunshine and came away with two books before I realised that I was supposed to be on a tight leash regarding book-buying. Oh well, such is life. If I was really serious about it, I wouldn’t put myself in the path of temptation in the first place. Heh heh.
I found these:
The Crimson Rooms by Katherine McMahon – Danielle who blogs at A Work in Progress said she loved it and who am I to resist?
The Left Hand of God by Paul Harding – religious fantasy, can’t seem to get enough of it.
I read for three hours in the park, finished my book and got a tan. And on my way to my sister’s, I nipped into another charity shop and got these:
The River of Gods by Ian McDonald – I’ve heard great things about this one, an sff novel about India in its 100th year of independence. So different!
The Wolf Totem by Jian Rong – Boof who blogs at The Book Whisperer said this was one of her favourite books of the year so far and I just had to find out why. Can you blame me?
I guess it was my day of buying secondhand books!
And from the library I got the following:
Submarine by Joe Dunthorne – because I read some of his work in the Five Dials magazine and liked it.
Cemetary Dance by Preston Child – because I’m in love with Agent Pendergast who reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey but is American and modern.
Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans – because this just looked too good to leave behind.
And I got sent these:
Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco – kindly sent to me by Picador Books. Asian, mystery, lost manuscripts and a beautiful cover. What’s not to like?
The Baker Street Phantom by Fabrice Bourland – which I won on Twitter from the fabulous Gallic Books. Sounds delicious.
And my friends lent me these:
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – I love books that fuel the creative mind, especially when I’m suffering from writer’s block.
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford – I don’t think I’m the only who’s in love with the Mitfords. Especially since Unity Mitford (the one in love with Hitler) studied at my school for a term until she got expelled. Yup, my school is famous like that.
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby – I’ve never read any novels by Hornby although I saw the film version of Fever Pitch which I didn’t get because I’m not really into football and am not a bloke. But apparently this is rather good.
Phew! Is that enough books for summer?
I’m off to Munich this weekend and will be reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Let’s see how much reading I’ll get done what with my friends, the World Cup final, beer and brezn.