I never thought that would be news, but I realized the other day when my husband asked me if I was ordering anything soon from Amazon that I hadn't book shopped in a while, almost not at all in 2009. I needed to rectify that quickly (not really, but you know what I mean)..so I stopped into Half Price Books for an hour the other day. Check out my great finds!
I found Salem Chapel, a Virago that I didn't have, and a couple of P.D. James books. I'm not sure when or where I heard about P.D. James - definitely from the book blog world. I found exactly what I was looking for - An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and think Innocent Blood looks really good as well. My big score of the day was 1939: The Last Season by Anne De Courcy. I've had my eye out for this for years and have considered ordering it from the UK. That's the best thing about shopping at Half Price - those surprising finds that make me catch my breath.
Once I got home I realized I hadn't been as pure in the book buying department as I thought.
I've also picked up The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, one I'd been waiting for in paperback; Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jeffrey, and The Beekeeper's Apprentice. The two books on the bottom are advance copies.
It looks like I am going to be a delinquent book club member this month. Our February book is The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich's latest novel. I'm not sure why, but 30 pages in I feel completely flummoxed by it and I dread picking it up again. In fact, I think I won't. I know another member who said this is the first novel she's ever put down 80 pages in and said enough, and my mother-in-law couldn't finish it either which is saying something. I had high hopes for it, since I enjoyed her novel The Master Butcher's Singing Club so very much.
I don't think Bloglines is updating me properly, so if you missed my last post(s) do look below as I am having a giveaway.