As you can probably tell by the shortage of reviews around these parts lately, I still haven’t quite been able to get my reading groove back post-move. But of course that hasn’t stopped me from bringing MOAR books into the house. In my defence, I had a gift card to spend; on top of that, there was the happy coincidence of my going into a library for an interview and finding out that there was a huge sale on1. Browsing through really cheap books definitely makes that nervous half an hour just before an interview stars go by much faster. Here’s what I got:
- More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby — New collection of his “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” columns. The precious is mine at last!
- The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan — (Not pictured because it hasn’t arrived yet.) As above. I’ve been desperately coveting this novel ever since it came out last spring.
- Tea by the Nursery Fire by Noel Streatfeild — This was a bit of an impulse buy: it’s a memoir by Streatfeild about her nanny, Emily Huckwell. I will of course approach it with a grain of salt, as I don’t expect someone whose family employed a nanny to be able to give me the full picture of what the life of an Edwardian servant was like. But despite these limitations, a personal look at social history by Streatfeild can’t be a bad thing, right? After the wonderful Saplings, I trust that she’ll do a good job.
- The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart — I’ve been meaning to read her for ages and this seemed like a good one to start with.
- Beyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi — A look at gender dynamics in Muslim Society by a renowned Muslim feminist. This is November’s read for The Year of Feminist Classics.
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón — As I explained the other day, this was my All Hallow’s Read Swap gift. I still don’t know who sent it, though, so if the person would like to step forward and say hi that would be awesome. No pressure or anything; it would just be nice to thank them properly.
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht — Library sale find the first, and last year’s Orange Prize winner. Mostly Jodie’s fault, though it has been praised by several of my favourite bloggers.
- The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen — And library sale find the second is mostly Meghan’s fault. I’ve been coveting this book for years and am really glad to have a copy at last. (Yes, I did manage to walk away from a library sale with only two books. I deserve a cookie, right? Or possibly more books as a reward.)
Feel free to tell me what to read first! What about you – any exciting bookish acquisitions lately?
1 The only thing that could have made this even better was of course finding out a few days later that I got the job :D