Oct 26, 2012

Shiny new books!

Shiny new books!

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

36 comments:

  1. Oh, I loved the Noel Streatfeild - perfect autumnal reading!

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  2. Nice haul! I understand that you can't help it..it's an illness ;) A good one though! Enjoy your reads

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  3. Enjoy, I have no idea which you should start with first. :)

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  4. They all look good to me but the fact that you got the job looks the best of all. Congratulations!

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  5. I've read some Mary Stewart but not The Ivy Tree. The Shadow of the Wind has been on my list a long time. I should try to get to that one. Enjoy! It's a nice new stack of books.

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  6. I've only read Shadow of the Wind which I really enjoyed. It was much darker than I expected. And I have yet to read Nick Hornby's columns but I plan to. Do I see the corner of Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles on your shelf? If so, I hope you read it soon! I just finished it for my book group and can't wait to discuss it next week!

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  7. You got it! You got it! You got More Baths Less Talking! I finally broke down and bought all of that series. I also bought Songbook. I'm such a geek that I even started making a playlist to go along with that one. Enjoy your new reads! :)

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  8. Such lovely books! I particularly like that copy of The Shadow of the Wind. I've never seen that Hornby title. I'll have to look for it. Happy reading!

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  9. I would recommend The Shadow of the Wind, but only because it's the only one I've read! I know you like Noel Streatfeild though; it seems like a safe bet. Really, they all sound great! Yay for new books! I hope they help you get your reading groove back. I miss my Ana. :)

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  10. What a great book haul. Perhaps you could read Noel Streatfeild's book first! :) And did you get the job??

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  11. Congrats on getting the job! Have fun reading all those books!

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  12. Verity: It's good to hear from someone who's read it! And yes, it does seem perfect for this time of year.

    Jennifer: I've pretty much given up on trying to resist it. Book squirrel forever :P

    Care: That makes two of us ;) And thank you :D

    Kathy: Thank you so much! The books made me very happy, but I have to say the job does beat them all :D

    Amy: Thank you, I will!

    Sakura: Yes it is! That's the top of a pile of books that Smuggler Ana has very kindly lent me, and The Song of Achilles is definitely the one I'm going to read first.

    Priscilla: The series is well worth owning, and Songbook (called 31 Songs over here) is wonderful too :D

    Kristi: The Hornby has just been released. All his books about reading are wonderful, so I expect that this will be no exception.

    Heather: Aww <3 Hopefully my reading will get back on track soon.

    Josette: Yes I did! I'm super excited to start :D

    Heather, thank you so much!

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  13. Such lovely new books! I am in line at the library for the Hornby. I expect he will cause me, once again, to add more books to my TBR list. Shadow of the Wind is bookish good fun and I can't wait to hear what you think of T.S. Spivet.

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  14. Great pile of books! Judging from the spine, that copy of Shadow of the Wind is gorgeous.

    I'm off to investigate Feminist Classics.

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  15. Great pile of books! Judging from the spine, that copy of Shadow of the Wind is gorgeous.

    I'm off to investigate Feminist Classics.

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  16. I'm really looking forward to what you think of T.S. Spivet! And still very happy for you on the job. :)

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  17. The Spivet has been on my wishlist for ages so I'm keen to know what you think of that one but they all sound great. :)

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  18. Stefanie: Yep, I suspect it will have the same effect on me. Then again, Hornby has let me to so many great books over the years that I can't really complain :P

    Stephanie: Yes, the cover is gorgeous and very atmospheric :)

    Meghan: Thank you :D And hopefully it won't take me another two years to get to it :P

    Alex: Hopefully I'll be able to let you all know soon.

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  19. Yay! You deserve a little treat after a successful week, I would say :)

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  20. The Ivy Tree was my first Mary Stewart novel, too. It's my favorite!

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  21. Still overly joyed about you getting your job :D Happy that you got so many awesome books!!! I'm really excited too about that new Hornby book!! Have to get it :D

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  22. Congrats on the job! And on all the books!

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  23. I love Mary Stewart-read her! The books about the arthurian legend are especially good

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  24. The Shakespeare one for me! congratulations on the job.

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  25. Great books :D I have a Mary Stewart, but not this one (also, I haven't read it yet). And I am another one of those who still has to read The Shadow of the Wind. I hope you love it. And I have The Tiger's Wife on my TBR pile too. And Nick HOrnby <3 I really like his books and will be on the lookout for this one.

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  26. It makes me happy to think of you working in a library.

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  27. Aarti: That was my reasoning, yep :D

    Tasha: It's good to hear that! Sounds like I picked a great starting place.

    Chris: Yes you do! There's no going wrong with him.

    Trisha: Thank you :D

    Pam Gardner: Yes, I've been eyeing those for almost a decade!

    Mystica, thank you so much :D

    Iris: Have you read any of his non-fiction before? I like it even better than his fiction.

    Jeanne: It makes me happy too :D I went there today for the first time since the interview, and it's such a lovely library and seems like such an exciting place to work. I can't wait to get started.

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  28. Yay on the job!!!!!! So exciting.

    Shadow of the Wind was one of my favorite books. Great on audio if you're so inclined.

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  29. Despite the need to take a pinch of salt (which I agree would be an idea) I'm intrigued by the streatfeild, and would definitely be interesting in hearing what you thought. Glad to here you're making progress in your new location regarding interviews. The reading will come back soon enough :)

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  30. I love getting new books. Enjoy yours!

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  31. Beth F: Thank you! I'm very excited indeed :D

    Charlie: Yes, I'm sure it will! And I'll share my thoughts on the Streatfeld very soon, hopefully.

    Kathleen: I will :D

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  32. Wonderful new book acquisitions, Ana! I remember reading a review of a Jude Morgan book before in your blog. I hope you like this book of his on Shakespeare. Will look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Fatema Mernissi's book looks quite fascinating. It is so wonderful that a secret friend gifted you 'The Shadow of the Wind'! I have 'The Selected Works of T.S.Spivet' on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Now I am tempted to take it out and read it. Enjoy your new books! Happy reading!

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  33. Lots of interesting ones there! I really like Mary Stewart's novels, and The Ivy Tree is a good one, though my personal favorite is Nine Coaches Waiting. Also, Jude Morgan is great, though I haven't read The Secret Life of William Shakespeare.

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  34. Looking forward to seeing what you think of The Tiger's Wife (totally e-mail me if you don't have time to post). I thought it was lovely, but I think it's a splitter.

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  35. as others have said, congratulations on the job! I just finished the Hornby and found it quite funny. Enjoy!

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  36. Ooh, The Tiger's Wife is really good. Read that one first :)

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