Monday 6 December 2010

Monday Mail

I have picked up four new books this week which were all purchased from local Christmas Fayres.  The books came at a rather reasonable price of two for 50p!

1) Last Christmas by Julia Williams - a bit of Christmas chick lit.  The main character does have the surname Tinsall! There is also a character name Noel and they live in a town called Hope Christmas. I am not sure whether this one will be festive enough, what do you think?

2) One Day by David Nicholls - I have been wanting to read this for ages. 15th July 1988 - Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go there separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? I can't wait to read this one.

3) The Legacy by Katherine Webb - this was one of the TV Book Club's Summer Reads.  This is a book about two sisters. One heartbreaking secret and a past that cannot stay buried.

4) The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver - this book was the winner of the Orange Prize For Fiction this year.Set in Mexico in 1935. Harrison Shepherd is working in the household of famed muralist Diego Rivera and his wife Frida  Kahlo. Sometimes cook, sometimes secretary, Shepherd observes his employers, keeping a diary and notebook of his time. When exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky arrives, Shepherd inadvertently casts in his lot with art and revolution and his aim for an invisible life is thwarted forever.

So those are the books that I got, what came to your house this week?


  1. I absolutely ADORED One Day! Hope you love it too :)

  2. One Day sounds amazing. (The summary reminds me of that movie with Robert Redford...something like, This Time Next Year. But I know that's wrong. But close. :P)

  3. One Day is on my shelf but I haven't had time to get to it yet. I'll read it before I see the film (wonder when it opens?).
    I think Christina (in the comment above mine) is thinking of the film Same Time, Next Year (1978) with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn.

  4. I read Last Christmas for last years holiday reading challenge and as I can't remember much about it I'm guessing I didnt think much of it either good or bad.

    The Laguna meanwhile is still on my tbr pile. I really must get around to reading it.

    Looking forward to your reviews, enjoy your reading.

  5. The Last Christmas is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! Enjoy your new books!

  6. Oh, One Day is a great read. I just know you will enjoy that one. Have a great week, Vivienne, and happy reading!

  7. Great finds. I'm a fan of Barbara Kingsolver and that book sounds really good.

  8. I really enjoyed The Lacuna. I'm not familiar with any of the other authors, but The Legacy sounds particularly good to me. Enjoy!

  9. Your book selection is wonderful -- I've heard wonderful things about One Day, I can't wait to read that one as well.

  10. Great collection of books...and for a steal! I'd love to know what you think about One Day by David Nicholls. I'd like to read The Lacuna one of these days, too!

    ~ Amy

  11. Great books Viv. The Legacy sounds really good. I've got The Lacuna too which I bought ages ago. I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible by her.

  12. Vivienne, enjoy your new books. I am most interested in hearing your thoughts on The Lacuna. I'd really like to read that one.

  13. Clover - I will probably like it too then as our tastes are so similar.

    Christina - I had no idea about the film, but I think Mary may have answered your question above.

    Mary - thank you for answering for me. I didn't have a clue.

    Petty Witter - I won't rush to read Last Christmas then.

    Gautami - thank you.

    Kathy - I do hope so. Definitely in need of some Christmas spirit.

    Kaye = think I may need to put One Day near the top of my TBR pile.

    Blodeuedd - couldn't think of another name.

    Naida - haven't read any of hers yet.

    Avisannschild - I am definitley looking forward to The Lacuna now.

    Coffee and a Book Chick - thankyou.

    Amy - I can't wait to read One Day, so many good reviews of it.

    Darlene - Barbara Kingsolver sounds like a popular choice.

  14. We've been on the same book wavelength. I got The Lacuna last week and this sunday I bought One Day. Now let's see how long it takes me to get to them :)

    Hope you enjoy your new books.

  15. I also found The Lacuna at a bargain price. Happy REading.

  16. Looking forward to your thoughts on One Day.

  17. Oh I loved One Day! It was wonderful. As for the other books, I haven't really heard of them so I will check them out. Happy reading to you!

  18. It looks like you got great deals! I have The Lacuna but haven't read it yet.

  19. 2 for 50p? Bargain! :D

    Can't wait to hear what you think of the David Nicholls one - Loved Starter for 10.


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