Over the past few weeks, it really does seem as if it’s been raining books. Not something I’m especially worried about as I rather think I have given up trying to control it. To be clear these books haven’t all been acquired this week but over a period of about six weeks.
I bought Grace Paley’s Collected Short stories online on a whim, I have a lot of story collections waiting to be read already and although I know nothing about Grace Paley something about them really appeals.
The second hand bookshops I visited on holiday provided me with two more Beryl Bainbridge According to Queenie and The Birthday Boy, No Signposts to the Sea by Vita Sackville West, The Great Fortune , the first volume of The Balkan trilogy which I want to re-read, and Two serious ladies by Jane Bowles of which I have heard very good things.
More books bought at various times before and after I came home included Victoria- Four Thirty an ancient looking tome,which was reviewed so enthusiastically by Thomas at Hogglestock. I couldn’t help but be tempted by Joanne Harris’ new novel Different Class, having read several great reviews. Another blogger alerted me to A Marriage of true Minds about Leonard and Virginia Woolf which does look excellent. A few days ago I bought Friends and Relations by Elizabeth Bowen whose wring I love so much and Zofloya my book group read for July.
I finally got around to buying Iza’s Ballad which I have wanted to read for ages. Lovely Karen of Kaggsy’s bookish ramblings sent me a copy of The Canterville Ghost, and another collection of short stories He Runs the Moon, came to me from publishers Holland Park Press, and an anthology of Summer writing looks wonderful.
If all that wasn’t enough it was my birthday on Friday. The picture at the top of the post shows birthday flowers and the first three of my gorgeous birthday books: Reader I married him, a collection of stories inspired by Jane Eyre, and two Persephone books Princes in the Land and The Godwits Fly.
A friend gave me Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh. Other friends gave me book tokens which I went out and spent immediately. I so enjoyed my mooch around Waterstone’s. I bought: Here be Dragons by Stella Gibbons, Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim and Fingers in the Spartkle Jar (title of the year?) by Chris Packham.
I would promise to not buy any more books for a while but I am off to Hay Festival in two weeks, so…