Before I show you my new books, I want to apologise for not replying to my comments in the last couple of weeks. I have been really busy and only just feel like I am actually getting back to normal, so I hope you can be patient with me and I will try and be a lot better at replying to comments.
This weekend has been another one full of madness. I spent Friday evening as a chauffeur to the local high school prom. I have a new style VW Beetle Convertible in an old fashioned cream colour and my friend Elizabeth asked me if I would take her son and his friend to the prom. I jumped at the chance and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Especially watching everyone else arrive and walk up the red carpet. The dresses were absolutely beautiful and I was quite envious of the students having this opportunity, as when I was at school, we didn't have any leaving celebrations.
Saturday was spent rushing the girls around from the local carnival, to an after show party and then to our friend's house for cocktails and takeaway. Sunday was Father's Day and we had a lovely rest at home, all of us spoiling my hubby. I cooked a roast leg of lamb, which is something I have never done. Roasts in this house normally consist of chicken or pork, but I am quite proud of my first leg of lamb.
My reading has been really slow this week too. I don't think I am even going to get half way through my projected reading for the month. I seem to be taking ages with Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, but it isn't because the book is slow, it is because I am struggling for reading time and falling asleep every time I pick up a book in the evening!
Anyway I haven't done a Monday Mail or Library Loot post for ages. I know I wasn't going to buy anymore books or borrow any more either, but I lied and I don't care!
1) Ghost Ship by Dietlof Reiche. This is a children's book set in a seaside town. A young girl working at her parent's restaurant, gets caught up in the drama when an eighteenth century square rigger turns up in the bay. A curse and a mystery, just up my street.
2) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer - I will not feel bad or guilty about this book. I admit to being a Twilight fan and I just had to have this book.
3) The Help by Kathryn Stocket - I bought this book because the I could get two books for £7, as the the Meyer one was already £6, it seemed silly not to pick up another book for one pound more. I have been after this southern drama for the last year as I have watched all my American buddies getting the opportunity to read this.
4) The River King by Alice Hoffman. I am still hoping to find that one book of hers that I will love. Will this be the one? This one sounds like a bit of a thriller, with a death to be investigated in.
5) La Cucina by Lily Prior - this is a debut novel set in Sicily about a shy librarian with a broken heart whose passion for cooking leads to an unexpected love affair. Filled to the brim with food references, this is my type of book.
6) Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowling - this a book I recently won over at Amanda's blog Life and Times of a 'New' New Yorker. Amanda is just setting up a new blog called A Library of My Own as she is no longer living in New York and she wants to represent her new lifestyle. Click on the link and check it out. I adore Amanda's blog as it is not just about books, she writes about her life too. This book is about a young girl who has just become engaged and then finds out her father has been killed in 9/11. Quite a powerful story I think.
These are the four library books I picked up this week. I find it amazing that I can take one book back and come out with four!
1)Good Evening, Mrs Craven - The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter- Downes. A Persephone book - need I say anything else.
2) Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold -this one has cropped up on my radar a few times, so I couldn't resist. It was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and tells the story of a Victorian wife who refuses to disappear without trace after her husband's death.
3) The Haunting of Nathaniel Wolfe by Brian Keaney. A supernatural YA book set in Victorian London.
4) The Blackstone Key by Rose Melikan - set in 1795, this is the first book in a mystery series which is believed to appeal to fans of Jamaica Inn. I am so there!
Well that is a wrap for my books and I this week. What did you get?