I picked out three books I wanted and hubby found another that I had mentioned to him and purchased it as a surprise with the other books.
1) Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - an ideal choice for the New York challenge and winner of the 2009 Costa Novel Award.
2) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - I am so pleased to see this one finally out in paperback, as I did win a copy before Christmas but I never received it. That has happened to me a couple of times in the last year and it is rather annoying when you win something and it never arrives.
3) Making Rounds With Oscar by David Dosa. This was the one that hubby picked up as I kept telling him about this wonderful cat who helped people by being with them in their last hours on Earth.
4) Of Bees and Mist by Erica Setiawan. Now I saw this recently on some one's blog and I can't for the life of me remember where. I tried finding it on Google Reader, but it didn't come up. It is listed as an adult fairytale, so I am really looking forward to this.
Now I have picked up loads of charity books too this week as well as library books, but I will show those tomorrow, so it doesn't seem like I really had an overload of books entering my house this week.
My reading week began very slowly as we were due to have visitors yesterday and I decided that the house needed a really big spring clean. I went mad, washing sofa covers, cleaning behind and underneath sofas, cleaning kitchen cupboards, even went as far as weeding the garden. The more I cleaned, the more jobs I found, only to discover on Thursday that my visitors could not come until next week now. I was not happy!
So on Friday, I spent the whole day just reading as I was extremely knackered and didn't feel like doing anything else and I have to say it was bliss. It is very rare to give myself a whole day devoted to reading as I always feel so guilty and that I should be doing something else, but on Friday I gave myself the day off. I managed to finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which I adored and nearly finished Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, which was also a wonderful book. It was really nice to read to books set in similar time frames in the state of Alabama, as I felt I got a real feel for the place as they dealt with similar issues that were common within the state at that time. I feel like my literary journey of America has truly begun.
I thought I had better announce the winner of Thaw by Fiona Robyn too as I forgot to do this during the week.
I used the randomizer and the winner is
Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea.
Well done Diane, if you send me your address via email I will send the book on to you.
Well I am off to laze around and be spoilt rotten. Have a lovely day everyone.