This is where I will from time to time – confess – confess to my terrible addiction, my compulsion to buy books
May 2nd 2012
The Book People tempted me with three lovely Rumer Godden books. I have read Rumer Godden before and loved them. There are still several of Godden’s books I have to read, and these look wonderful.
April 27th 2013
Also bought – but still to arrive is A very Private Eye – the letters and diaries of Barbara Pym for my continuing Pym reading.
March 30th 2013
A very extravagant purchase: As a Hardy fan I couldn’t resit a boxset of Hardy novels from the Folio Society on ebay. They are so lovely, with black and white illustrations and beautiful creamy paper.
The set includes: Tess of the D’Urbevilles, The Trumpet Major, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far from the Madding Crowd, Return of the Native and Under the Greenwood Tree. I am so pleased with them.
March 23rd 2013
March 17th 2013
I bought Jamaica Inn to re-read and a book of short stories on Kindle by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala called A Lovesong for India.
March 2nd 2013
February 25th 2013
February 22nd 2013
Despite having already bought (just a few days ago) the first volume of Helen Thomas’s memoirs – I caved in and bought the book I really wanted – Under Storm’s wing – which contains both volumes of her memoir – As it Was and World Without End, along with Helen’s letters and lots of photos.
February 19th 2013
I was reminded by my reading of another book, and various book blogs that I would like to read Helen Thomas’s memoirs about herself and her war poet husband Edward Thomas. I bought a slim volume of As it Was from abebooks my next dilemma will be about getting the next volume, second-hand volumes while not prohibitively expensive are priced quite highly.
February 7th 2013
Loving, Living, Party Going by Henry Green – which looks amazing.
and The Complete Mapp & Lucia by E F Benson – something which has managed to pass me by – no idea why. Sort of glad it did though as – I can’t wait to read it.
Bought for the Barbara Pym read a long – copies I had read but don’t own – so they don’t really count in my book.
Book buying of 2013
So that was 2012 – how will I do in 2013? Fewer? possibly not – we shall see – my tbr is such I shouldn’t be buying anything.
November 27th 2012
November 23rd 2012
penguin had an offer! What could I do?
November 26th 2012
i actually stopped myself from buying a book – I was very tempted to buy William; story of an Englishman Persephone book no1 – when I heard about Savidge read’s read along on his blog. However I downloaded a free copy to my kindle instead – but will maybe buy a Persephone copy to keep in the future.
November 15th 2012
Having recently read and enjoyed The two mrs Abbots by D E Stevenson, I succumbed to the temptations of ebay and bought two more. The Four Graces, and The Young Mrs Savage. Both have rather dodgy old book jackets, but a quick look at what lies beneath, make me think I may be in for another treat.
I have attended a couple of local author talks recently, through a new meet up group. Such a great idea but dangerous for a book buying addict. Local self published author Katherine De Souza gave us a great talk about her work and i of course bought her book. In fact a few weeks ago I bought another book by a local-ish author judith cutler – which I am reading now. I had managed to forget all about confessing that one!
November 2nd 2012
I can honestly say – I am out of control – no really I am – my TBR is horrendous – some marvelous looking books on it – but still horrendous. I have started re-reading old favourites this year – and that will continue so my TBR does suffer as a result. Anyway I went away during half term – Devon – in the drizzle – well what’s a girl to do when there are charity shops everywhere. I was tinkering around on the interent in the evenings – and ooops!
I bought Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks in a chrity shop – which promptly lead me to wanting to read all the Carlingford Chronicles – and a few clicks later – well you know the rest.
We passed a book sale at the Teignmouth theatre one day – and there I found an ancient DE Stevenson book The Musgraves and a fairly elderly copy of The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – which I wanted to re- read in my month of re-reading in January. I also came across a Laurie R. King book – although I still have another of her novels TBR.
This book buying is particularly bad – and I do really feel naughty, Christmas is coming and the Librarything Virago Group Secret Santa looms too. Ssh! don’t tell anyone.
October 4th 2012
I have been feeling a bit over tired and glum this week – so in order to cheer myself up I bought some of the delicious Penguin English library classics – I don’t really need them – I think I have two of the four I bought already in other editions -a third I have on my kindle – as it’s available free. However the books are just so beautiful – I couldn’t resist – I have been thinking about them for weeks maybe months and I think I did well to resist so far.
Two on a tower – Thomas Hardy
Lady Audley’s secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Howards End – E M Forster
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
I have also bought two others – to give away during the Literary blog hop at the end of October. I will reveal which they are then.
September 28th 2012
September 12th 2012
Confession time again, as I have been buying more books. A few days ago – I ordered 3 Edith Wharton books from Awesome books – such a bargain! The ones I ordered are The Glimpses of the Moon, The Buccaneers and The Reef, they haven’t arrived as yet but are winging their way to me. Then on Saturday I wen to an independent publishers book fair and came away with just one book – The Witch’s daughter by Paula Brackston – it was cheap – and I’m not sure why I bought it really, but it does look good and if I don’t read it I may give it away to someone. However after that I stupidly went into Waterstones to mooch – I never go to Waterstones – for obvious reasons I’m bad enough on the internet. So of course I bought two books:
The Yellow Wallpaper and selected writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and
The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell.
I think I read The Yellow Wallpaper in another collection many years ago – and have wanted to re-read it for a while.
The as if that wasn’t bad enough – last night I downloaded 4 books to my kindle. The four remaining books on the Booker shortlist that I have still to read.
August 16th 2012
While on holiday in Devon we had a bit of rain, so I whiled away a bit of time mooching around charity shops teling myself I was ony looking. I ended up with these three.
1.I still Dream about you – Fannie Flagg – I used to love Fannie Flagg – not sure if I still wil or not – hadn’t heard of this one.
2. The thing around your neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – short stories that look excelent.
August 15th 2012
August 5th 2012
Having finished and loved Devoted Ladies by MollyKeane I noticed in the back of the book a few pages of tempting synopsis’ for other Virago books – A particular place sounded right up my alley and I found a cheap copy on Abebooks.
12the July 2012
Re-reading the delightful Northanger Abbey- made me do a quick search on Amzon for other things about or by Jane Austen – I was really looking at the posh box sets of her novels – considering buying a nice matching set – I resisted that particular impulse. I couldn’t resist these though – two Austen books I haven’t read. Catherine and other Writings is a collection of her juvenalia – and the collection of her letters looks wonderful. They will be have to wait TBR for a while – as I have another reading project in August – following my month of re-reading in July.
8th July 2012
I have tried to be good – but the compulsion to buy books over came me after reading reviews of these tw0 books on Booksnob’s blog. They are lovely editions published by Daunt books – and they look great. Will probably not get to read them for a couple of months yet though. Something to look forward to. I refuse to count the books on my TBR though – I refuse! It could be worse though – honestly I have been quite good – for me!
18th June 2012
Oh dear : ) over the weekend there were several book buying incidents of the mainly Virago kind. This was the result – some of these don’t count! Two are replacement copies for books I have either in another edition or have read but don’t own – one is a replacement for a book currently on my kindle which I would rather have in Virago green, and one is for the literary giveaway which is coming up soon.
This is my TBR today – things have got rather serious.
17th May 2012
It was my birthday last week and I recieved money from work friends which was spent on lovely Persephone books, I then received a Persephone voucher from a friend which couldn’t help but spend right away. I got a copy of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry as a gift, and have ordered Beryl Bainbridge’s ‘The Bottle Factory Outing’ with an amazon voucher I got from another friend.
5th May 2012
Follotwing a comment on a Libraything Virago group thread I was alerted to the fact that Daunt books were re-issuing Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge which is a favourite of many Virago readers and yet very hard hard to find. Although the website states its release date at May 17th it arrived today – a beautiful looking book.
3rd May 2012
I know I shouldn’t mind what editions I read – but I find I do mind – a bit. So I have been buying more Elizabeth Taylor books in lovely Virago Green. Two are replacements for others – and one I’ve bought in readyness for the Elizabeth Taylor read a long on the Librarything Virago group.
7th April 2012
Well my TBR is now in a serious state – that is it is out of control. The reason? An unexpected trip to Hay on Wye.
This was the result.
1st April 2012
Although I already own a small hardback copy – I have bought a nice green Virago copy of A Wreath of Roses to re-read along with the Librarything Virago group, who are reading all of Elizabeth Taylor’s novels in order of publication during 2012 – her centenary year.
21st March 2012
I was feeling a bit fed up – and needed that book buying high – the satisfaction of the click on Amazon or elesewhere followed by the anticipation of the package being delivered. So I bought a threesome – well they were a bargin!
The new Moon with the old by Dodie Smith
It ends with revelations by Dodie Smith
Well they are pretty looking books!
To my Kindle I downloaded:
The Lavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (which will be a re-read)
The Third Miss Symons – F M Mayor
But none of the above 4 really count as they are a) on kindle so I can’t see them, and b) were free ( my favourite price)
TBR is now : 83 real books 30 ebooks – yes it never really gets any better.
8th March 2012
3rd March 2012
The New House – Lettice Cooper
Manja – Anna Gmeyner.
1st March 2012
I was determined not to buy any more books for weeks and weeks – however I have been very twitchy – checking out Amzon everyday – looking up books that I have read good reviews of on other book blogs, so I gave in last night – but bought only 2 books. I did think that was restrained.
Both of these purchases are as a direct result of reading reviews on book blogs – which shows that reading book blogs can turn out to be an expensive business. Looking forward to these two and so will probably try and read them soon.
February 11th 2012
I was so determined not to buy any more books for weeks and weeks – and instead I have proved I have no self control. I have wanted to read ‘Late Beginner’ by Priscilla Napier for some time now – but it is very hard to get hold of an old copy – they are going for at least £20 on abebooks – and over £30 on Amazon. I tried the Birmingham Library catalogue too – they don’t seem to have any copies. I had another look this evening – on abebooks hoping there might be a cheaper copy – there wasn’t. I had been reminded again of this book while reading ‘Counting my Chickens’ by Deborah Devonshire. Then in a moment of inspiration, I seemed to remember that Foxed Qaurterly had published it in one of their attractive editions – I hadn’t originally wanted to spend as much as the £15 that they cost – but oh well! And so reader – I ordered it.
February 7th 2012
Having seen a lot of hype about the new film ‘The Woman in Black’ I was reminded how I had never even read it – and I do rather like a ghost story. So I dowloaded the book to my Kindle.
The Woman in Black – (kindle edition) by Susan Hill
I also dowloaded a free sample – of John Le Carre’s Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy – which I have a sudden desire to read.
Feel as though I reached book critical mass – as of today I have 92 real books TBR and 29 kindle books. I must not acquire any more for a while.
Febuary 5th 2012
I have been off work ill this last week, and have had a lot of time for reading. I have to say it has been lovely to have time to read. What I have also had time for is book buying. Never has it been so easy to buy books while recovering at home. No need to go out – no need to fight to get on over crowded buses. It is all just so easy – too easy.
So far this week I have bought
The Corner That Held them – by Sylvia Townsend Warner – actually this was a charity shop buy after my doctors appointment. This is also my current read.
White crosses by Larry Watson, bought on the strength of a review I saw on dovegreyreaders blog.
A View of the Harbour – Elizabeth Taylor
A Dedicated Man and other Stories – Elizabeth Taylor
Each of the Taylors bought – well because I was reading Palladian – and it is her centenary year – and well ….
What can I say – I am a hopeless addict – and there is I am now certain no cure!