This week seemed far too long. I’m so relieved that not only is the week over, but January is too. Keep your fingers crossed that February brings me more luck! Except for in books though, because I’ve been chugging along quite nicely in that arena, as you can see for the list of what I picked up this week.
From the library:
- The Little Women Letters – Gabrielle Donnelly. This caught my eye at random as Little Women has always been one of my favourite books. It has the potential to be awful, but given that it centres around letters from ‘Grandma Jo’ I’m hoping it will be warm and fuzzy and glorious
- The Thing About December – Donal Ryan. I don’t actually know much about this, but I ordered on the strenth of Ryan’s previous book, The Spinning Heart, which was easily one of my favourite books last year.
- The Vampire Diaries – L.J. Smith. The Bengali edition of, I think, the first book of The Vampire Diaries. I borrowed this so that I can scan the cover for The L.J. Smith Cover Resource, but I’m not really sure what it is, to be honest!
- Devil’s Brood – Sharon Penman. I loved Sharon Penman when I was a teenager. I got caught up in her excellently rendered historical worlds and cried absolute buckets. Time for a nostalgia trip!
- Skios – Michael Frayn. I read this when it first came out and really enjoyed it. It’s a light, modern farce that kept me amused and entertained to the end. Plus, I couldn’t help but imagine a McShep version of it 😀
- Stabat Mater – Tiziano Scarpa. This has such a lovely cover, I couldn’t resist. It also looks like it might be a wonderful piece of feminist historical fiction, so I’m hopeful.
- The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsen. I’ve actually had this on loan from the library for a few months now, but not gotten around to reading it, so I was pleased to be able to pick up a copy of my own. This is an absolutely beautiful looking book, filled with illustrations from the notebooks of T.S. Spivet – the book’s child narrator.
- Around the World in Eight Days – Jules Verne. How have I not read this already?!
- The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck. See above.
- The Shooting Party – Isabel Colegate. This book served as the inspiration for Downton Abbey, which I don’t actually watch. Still looking forward to the book though 😉
- Blood Moon – Alyxandra Harvey. Ah, YA supernatural. There is just so damned much of you.
- Chill Factor – Rachel Caine. I stopped reading Caine’s Morganville Vampire series about four books in because I just wasn’t interested in seeing a thin, but enjoyable, concept stretched out into an endless series. I miss the good old days of trilogies, man. As I said, though, I did enjoy her writing so the Weather Warden books have been on my radar for a while.
(*My workplace regularly gets rid of books and I reap the benefits from time to time. Yay!)