I have to blame somebody for this so I think I will blame Nymeth. She recently reviewed a book called Gorillas In the Mist by Dian Fossey,which I knew I had but had never read. So off I went to dirtiest depths of despair known as our garage and came out with not just one book, but seven books that I had kept in my collection since my teens and of which had never been read. Only joking Nymeth, it isn't really your fault, in fact I really should thank you because I have been searching for my Moonacre book for ages to coincide with the release of the film Adventures in Moonacre. I would definitely recommend everyone popping over to Nymeth's blog which is here, as she reviews the most interesting of books.
So here are all the books I found in my garage.
Close Range by Annie Proux - this a book full of short stories about Wyoming. Annie Proux is probably most famous for The Shipping News.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - for when I am really sick in bed with flu, this should definitely keep me going.
The Music Lesson by Katherine Weber - I can't quite remember what this one is about - has anyone read it?
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens - always wanted to read this and never got round to it.
Dune by Frank Herbert - one of my favourite films, the main reason why I bought the book.
Yesterday, on my travels, I discovered a new little book shop called Choc a Book, which not only sells very cheap brand new books, but also sells yummy chocolate. What could be more heavenly! The books may not be the latest bestsellers, but the shop owner had a lot that were definitely only out last year and they were all selling for a pound each. I picked up the following four.
A Case of Two Cities by Qiu Xiaolong - ideal choice for my X author for my A To Z Challenge
In Arcadia by Ben Okri This book is about a group of angry and ill-assorted people who accept an invitation to make a journey. Inspired by a painting and financed by a mysterious benefactor, they set off to discover the real Arcadia. Or what remains of it.Their journey begins in ignorance and chaos at Waterloo station and takes them through superstition and myth to harmony. In the Louvre, in front of Poussin's masterpiece they begin to understand.Ben Okri won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road in 1991.
Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson - a Gothic thriller set in Venice
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters is the first of the Amelia Peabody series, for which there seems to be hundreds of books, originally released in 1975 and recently re released.
In all of these books, it was definitely the covers that attracted me first.
I thought I would show you the four books I am reading at the moment. I don't normally read so many at a time, but I seem to have quite a lot of books belonging to other people, so I am trying to be clever and read them altogether.
Bad Blood by Lorna Sage won the 2001 Whitbread Biography of the year. This book is set in post war Wales and I am finding it strange as it talks about places that a lot of my family still live in. Especially in Tonypandy,where my nan and mum grew up and my aunts and uncles still live. I cannot help but wonder if their paths may have crossed as the authors family owned the local grocery store. If only my nan was still here to ask.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. A vampire hunter book. Need to get a regular vampire fix! My librarian did recommend this.
The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delany - fabulous book about ghost hunting. A young adult book.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - if someone had told me how beautiful this book was before, I would have read this years ago.
What are you reading this week? Do you read more than one book at a time or is it just me?
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