Lovely Additions 4th May 2010

Some lovely new arrivals recently.  Two reservations from the library Hotel on the Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and Florence and Giles by John Harding.  It always surprises me when I request books and when they arrive at my branch I discover that no-one else has even borrowed them before – think of all those lovely books languishing on library shelves – madness!

Four wonderful swaps via, The Virago Book of Christmas – well, I like to my bookshelves to be prepared even though nothing else is on time for the festive season.  Witch Child by Celia Rees – I don’t recall having read any Rees before but I think she might write in a similar style to Mary Hooper whose historical YA novels I have loved.  Wild Mary – A Life of Mary Wesley by Patrick Marnham – this swap was encouraged by Clare from Paperback Reader as she had reviewed a Mary Wesley book and rekindled my interest in this writer.  Clare has also been responsible for introducing me to Angela Carter – thank you!  Last of the swaps was Emma Brown by Clare Boylan, I’m intrigued by the Brontes and the fact that this was the completion of a manuscript begun by Charlotte as a couple of chapters makes it even more attractive. 

Two new books to treat myself – just released recently House Rules by Jodi Picoult and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.  I am dying to get my eyes on these and hope to get them read, savoured and enjoyed in May.

Finally three books to review from the publishers - The Eye of the Moon by Anonymous.  How could I resist an offer to read this given how much I enjoyed The Book with No Name, yes, I do have extremely eclectic tastes… The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey, on the shortlist for the Orange Prize this year, which I am currently reading and really enjoying.  I also received The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene to review for New Books Magazine.   I have never actually read any Greene although I somehow seem to know most of his titles as demonstrated at different pub quizzes in the past!

Oops.  a last minute entry, received this morning from a Book Fairy friend, Jan who has very kindly sent me The Wilding by Maria McCann which featured on the Orange Longlist this year.  Thank you. :-)

I think it’s safe to say I have enough there to keep me out of trouble…

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  1. Iris says:

    Very lovely additions indeed! I’m jealous of your pile of books!

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  3. Jenny Wilson says:

    Wow a good pile of book, my fav has to be the christmas book, let me know what it is like

  4. You have some great books there! I’m looking forward to reading House Rules and Jasper Jones and am currently enjoying The Green Bicycle. I hope you enjoy your new books!

  5. admin says:

    Thanks Jackie. I finished the Green Bicycle last week and raced through House Rules at the weekend – two very different but great books – currently composing my thoughts pre-review (otherwise phrased as “must get my finger out”!) :-)

  6. Angi says:

    I loathed Wild Mary – sorry! I love Mary Wesley’s novels – all keepers for me, and some have been reread several times. But this biography was awful. Pedestrian, badly written, repetitive and with very weak characterisation. So disappointing. Wesley lead a very interesting – some might say dissolute – life and fragments of her experience are clearly reflected in her storylines and characters. It’s a pity Patrick Marnham doesn’t have half her skill with words, as it could have been brilliant.

  7. admin says:

    Oh no, Angi, that’s bad news as I’m not a fan of non-fiction unless it’s of the lively, witty variety – I reckon I’ll probably end up skim reading it as I would like to know more about Mary Wesley.

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