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text 2016-12-19 01:53
So, since I went book gift shopping for my friend anyway ...

... and because my TBR clearly still has room for expansion ...


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text 2016-10-17 23:45
Birthday Monster Book Haul
Eragon (Inheritance, #1) - Christopher Paolini
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Die Briefe der Manns: Ein Familienportrait - Thomas Mann,Heinrich Mann,Kerstin Klein,Holger Pils,Klaus Mann,Tilman Lahme
All That I Am - Anna Funder
Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
Der Weltensammler - Ilija Trojanow
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher
Even Dogs in the Wild - Ian Rankin
The Crossing - Connelly Michael
Splinter the Silence (Tony Hill) - V. McDermid

...  thanks to my mom, who gave me a bookstore gift card, my best friend, who raided my Amazon wish list (isn't it nice to know your loved ones know just what you'll be happiest about?) and a few odd things to which I treated myself:


* Die Briefe der Manns (The Mann Family Correspondence) -- newly released

* Anna Funder: All That I Am

* Ilija Trojanow (or Iliya Troyanov, as he's spelled in English): Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds)

* George Simenon: Maigret & Co. (collection of audio dramatizations of Simenon's mysteries)

* Edwidge Danticat: Claire of the Sea Light

* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass

* J.R.R. Tokien: The Lord of the Rings -- the legendary BBC audio dramatization starring Ian Holm as Frodo, Michael Hordern as Gandalf, and Robert Stephens as Aragorn

* T.H. White: The Once and Future King (audio version read by Neville Jason)

* Christopher Paolini: Eragon (audio version read by Kerry Shale)

* Patrick O'Brian: Aubrey / Maturin -- audio versions of the first six novels, read by Robert Hardy

* Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen -- audio adaptations of 12 stories, starring John Gielgud (Holmes), Ian Richardson (Watson), and Orson Welles (Moriarty)

* Val McDermid: Splinter the Silence

* Michael Connelly: The Crossing

* Ian Rankin: Even Dogs in the Wild


... and, also courtesy of my friend, Eric Clapton: I Still Do -- and a kitty coloring book!



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text 2016-02-26 01:38
Book Haul for week of Feb. 26th
Death of a Harlequin - Mary-Jane Deeb
The House at the End of Hope Street - Menna van Praag
Up in Seth's Room - Norma Fox Mazer

Only 3 this week, and they are all MT's fault because he asked me to order him a stack of new books to read.  How can I possibly go onto a book site and not buy myself a few books?  Especially since BetterWorldBooks was doing it's clearance sale thing where all books are $7 after you buy 5 of them.


So I got the last book in a series I read and loved years and years ago (Death of a Harlequin) and since I liked the Dress Shop of Dreams, but ObsidianBlue did not like her latest one, I decided to try The House at the End of Hope Street instead.


Then I bought Up in Seth's Room in a fit of pre-teenage nostalgia. This was the book we secretly passed between ourselves (one of them anyway... Forever by Judy Blume anyone?) and didn't want our parents to catch us with.


Total books bought:  3

Total books read: 3 

Total physical books TBR: 208

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text 2016-02-22 00:41
Book Haul for week of February 20
Pistols For Two - Georgette Heyer
Love In A Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
The Dressmaker - Rosalie Ham
Undeniably Yours - Heather Webber
Lethal Black Dress - Ellen Byerrum
Practical Sins for Cold Climates - Shelly Costa
Fit To Be Dead - Nancy G. West

MT took me on a belated weekend away for my birthday, to the Alpine National Park in northern Victoria.  It's my first time in Victoria's proper mountains and it was absolutely beautiful (pictures may be forthcoming).  


A stop in Bright for lunch out last day (at a brewery MT was keen to try) was ever-so-conveniently just a few shops down from a bookstore - a small, but well-curated bookstore and I finally caved and picked up The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham.  I haven't seen the movie yet but I want to, so I'm going to read the book first so I can yell at the screen about how they've gotten it all wrong.


As I was buying The Dressmaker, I asked about used bookshops in the area and I was directed to one right around the corner.  I almost missed it - I think my bathroom might be in a bigger space.  But she had a fabulous collection of books; again, really well curated to focus on fiction (Bright is ski-resort territory).  I picked up two Folio Society editions of Nancy Mitford's works: Love In A Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love.  She had quite a selection of Georgette Heyers too but I can never remember which titles are good and which are... less good, so I settled on the only hardcover one she had: Pistols For Two.  I figured short stories gave me better odds that there would be a few good ones.


The last four are from the weekly post.  Two of them: Undeniably Yours: A Lucy Valentine Novel and Lethal Black Dress are the last books in series I've loved, each independently published by the author after their contracts with mainstream pubs weren't renewed.  The last two are Henery Press offerings - Henery Press hasn't given me a bad read yet, so I was willing to give these a go.


New books: 8

Read books: 3 (not counting re-reads)

Physical TBR pile: 207

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text 2016-02-19 17:17
IN HONOR OF HARPER LEE April 28, 1926--February 19, 2016

The book world has lost another great author. While I saw mixed reviews for Go Set a Watchman, the world has loved To Kill a Mockingbird.


Today, while out at my local YMCA, I noticed they had a Scholastic Book Fair taking place, and the proceeds from the book sales are to help the preschool and before and after school programs they run. I had to buy a book. Actually 2-a National Geographic Angry Birds Space book for my nephew, and The House on Stone's Throw Island-a middle grade/young adult book for me. (I love books written for this age group).


Harper's Mockingbird was a book that I read in high school and have reread several times. She is one of the authors I wish had written more, but then chose not to for what ever her reasons were. But I still love to read, and had to buy books in her honor today.

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