By the end of May I am definitely going on a book ban. I just have far too many books and not enough time to read them, so I intend to stop buying them unless they are part of a series that I am desperately waiting to read. I will have to wait until the end of May, as I have another two parcels of books arriving. In my defence again, they were bought with book vouchers, just as the ones pictured above were. Once the third parcel is in, then that will be it for awhile I am promising myself.
I also plan to finish all the books I have from the library and then stay away from the library for at least a couple of months. This is not because I don't adore the library, because you know I do, it is just that I want to make a serious dent in the books that I have on my own shelves. My only reason for breaking this will be for books for my American Journey challenge which I know I will need, but as I still have a pile to go for Alabama, I know I won't need any for a while.
So back to the lovely books sitting in my birthday pile.
1) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I have been wanting to read Ishiguro for ages and this one has been recommended to me.
2)Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. After reading Un Lun Dun, this seemed like an ideal book to read and as I understand from other book bloggers, Neverwhere is better.
3) The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech. I loved her book The Unfinished Angel, which I read earlier this year, so I couldn't resist buying this one, which I got for a pound.
4) White Cat by Holly Black - this was sent to me by Amanda from 'Life and Times of A 'New' New Yorker' who won't be a New Yorker for much longer as she is moving to Kentucky. She wasn't keen to read it and knowing how much I love Holly Black, she asked me if I wanted her copy, which isn't even out yet over here. I can't wait to read it.
5) The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly. When I mentioned I had bought Connelly's book 'The Gates' earlier this year, a lot of you mentioned this book as being really good, so I couldn't resist it as it was selling for just a pound too.
6) Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman - couldn't resist this one as it is set in Alabama around the time of Rosa Parks arrest. It is a true story that has been made into fiction.
7) The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda - a young adult book dealing with the Knights Templar, a society I have been fascinated with for a while.
8) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This one has popped up a few times to recently.
When I went up to the counter to purchase these books, the lady serving looked at me agog. 'My you have a mixture of tastes, don't you?' she said. Well I suppose I have, because basically I will read anything and everything, (except Shakespeare, because I just don't understand it) I don't want to be someone who only reads one genre, I would definitely get bored. I cannot help but see all those different books as new doorways into new worlds and new subjects and I have such a thirst to read everything and anything. Is that bad?
These books came to me courtesy of my brother and his wife. My brother is a bit of a hero as he ran the Brighton Marathon yesterday, which is about 26 miles. He raised money for the Lupus Charity and I am really proud of him. Today he plans to get drunk as he hasn't had a drink since before Christmas, due to all the training. I can't say I blame him at all.
Off now to clean my house from top to bottom, as now the kids are back at school I can have a clean house again. Yay!
Have a great day everyone.