Friday, September 18, 2009

Eye Candy

I don't think I've done one of these posts for awhile! I think my book buying slowed down a bit this year which is good for my wallet anyway. I should warn you, these aren't the best photos ever taken.

I've been having a bit of a British book binge lately.

I keep ordering things from The Book Depository! I love to boost the British economy, you know. I think the free shipping on all orders makes it so easy to order one thing here, one thing there...I have 2 books on their way here right now.

Danielle actually talked me into the top book, The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property,the first book in The Forsyte Saga. These new single book editions are so much more reader friendly than the huge tome. I actually found this UK edition at a US store. I also found the second title, The Book of Love at Border's and had to snatch it up after the good press from the UK book bloggers. The other titles are ones I've had my eye on for some time, except for the Emily Barr which is a new release that I'm already reading.

Here are some books that were given to me.

A friend in Chicago handed me Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich book when I told her how much I enjoyed The Master Butcher's Singing Club. She said she really liked this one.

The other two books are ARCs. I requested Alice I Have Been - this sounds amazing and I feel really lucky to have scored this one. The John Irving book came unsolicited - and it is huge. I've read one book by Irving and since it's here, I'll give this one a try.

This final stack contains other books I've bought.

Pass the Polenta: And Other Writings from the Kitchen fits into that food memoir category I'm so fond of. I'll be reading The Gargoyle soon for bookclub. The bottom two books I found at a used book store in Chicago. The Bretts was apparently a Masterpiece Theatre presentation in the 80s. The Second Sister by Leslie O'Grady is a book I'm quite curious about. It sounds like a blend of romance and suspense - has anyone read this author?

Finally, you'll see Boston 2010 there. My last copy of Frommer's Boston is from 1997 and I'm thrilled to be returning there next month. Any suggestions?


bermudaonion said...

I'm going to come to your house and sneak out with Last Night in Twisted River.

Rebecca Reid said...

I recently read the first three novels of the seven novel Forsyte Chornicles. A Man of Property was hands down the best. You could read it alone and be satisfied, I think. The next two just started to feel tedious, although there were some beautiful passages. It's an interesting look at the era.

Of course, you may finish A Man of Property and be interested to know what happens next. It's a never ending "Saga." Even after 900 pages I still wanted to know what came next.

Anonymous said...

The "Pass the Polenta..." book sounds great! I really love food memoirs, I will have to check that one out!

Happy reading to you with all your fabulous books!

Ti said...

I just bought a couple of books from The Book Depository too. I am green with envy over the Irving book.

Melissa said...

I'm on a Louise Erdrich kick lately, but haven't read either the one in your pile or the other. But, onto the TBR list they go ...

Enjoy your books!

Danielle said...

I would start the Galsworthy right now only I already am reading (though have temporarily set it aside...) F Scott Fitzgerald at the moment. I try to only read one classic at a time, but I can't wait to satrt on those Forsytes. I have a very tattered copy of the Fiona Shaw book that I mooched. And The Bretts looks interesting, so I am going to have to look that one up. Enjoy your new books!

Lesley said...

I've got The Gargoyle on my list of RIP possibilites, and have heard some great things about it - hopefully it's as good as everyone says!

I also came across a used copy of The Bretts a couple years back and was intrigued enought to buy it, although I still haven't read it.

Have fun in Boston!

Samantha said...

I saw the Forsyte Saga (BBC) television production and loved it and then read the first book (3 parts) - which is back to front for me as I usually like to read the book first.

And am very interested in what you think of Alice I Have Been as I have only just heard about it.

Vintage Reading said...

Let us know what you think of the Erdrich. I'm a huge fan and that's one of her collections I haven't read.

Tara said...

bermudaonion, I'll be watching for you!

Rebecca Reid, so glad to know you enjoyed these! I've been meaning to read these for years.

Rachael, thanks for stopping by! I love food memoirs too, and cannot seem to get enough!

Ti, what did you order from TBD??

Melissa, I've loved one Erdrich, loathed another, so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with this.

Danielle, I know what you mean. I can only read one book in a particular 'genre' at a time, otherwise I get burned out and confused. I had a feeling you'd know about the Shaw book!

Lesley, I hope I like The Gargoyle too - it's been an up and down year for our book club. Another owner of The Bretts! It does look interesting.

Samantha, I've never seen the program - I really should check it out.

Vintage Reading, I definitely will!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Lucky You: Last Night in Twisted River---green with envy here LOL