Thursday, April 15, 2010
Recent Acquisitions and Other Bookish News
I got an order delivered from Amazon recently. These are my latest acquisitions:
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier - I've just started reading this and I'm loving it. I'm a big, big fan of Daphne.
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart - I've been wanting to read this ever since I read an article about this amazing young man. This book chronicles his travels on foot across Afghanistan. It sounds incredible.
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham - After recently enjoying The Chrysalids, I could not resist ordering another Wyndham novel.
Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons - I've been reading about this book for ages and it sounds like a light and delightful read in the tradition of Jane Austen.
Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan - I read Bonjour Tristesse years ago and enjoyed it. Time for a reread and a chance to try out another novella by this famous French writer.
Have any of you read the above? I'd love to hear what you thought of them.
In other bookish news, Claire at Paperback Reader and Verity at The B Files are hosting the Persephone Reading Week from May 3 to 9. I'm not sure which ones I'll be reading as I still have a few unread Persephones on my shelves. Plus, I've read a few that I have still to review so I might be delving into that pile too. Recently one of you asked what Persephone Books were, so just in case you still don't know, Persephone Books are reprints of rediscovered twentieth century novels mostly by women writers. I've read quite a number of them and have yet to be disappointed. They've all been wonderful so far. You can learn more about Persephone Books at their website here.
Oh, and I also bought The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon for my first book club read. I recently co-founded a book club together with a friend. We have eight members right now and I think that's a good number. I'm really excited to have our first meeting. I'd love to hear from all of you regarding book club suggestions. If you are in a club, which books generated the most discussion? Any other advice on how to run a successful and fun book club?