Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I haven't bought very many books lately. I just looked back and I haven't done one of these posts in two months and today I only have six books to show you. Six books in two months is a pathetic showing for someone who claims to love books as much as I do. I really need to up my book buying game for the sake of my blog.
The problem is that my kids keep outgrowing their clothes so all my possible spare cash goes on replacing the barely worn clothes they can no longer fit into. Please tell me that a 6'1" sixteen-year-old with size thirteen feet will eventually stop growing. Please. And my 11-year-old just passed a practically unworn pair of Converse down to me. To me. Think about that. I just got hand-me-down shoes from my own daughter.
I bought a few books anyway. Just think, I saved myself money because my daughter gave me her outgrown Converse. Don't examine the logic of that statement too closely just nod approvingly and move on.
First of all, I bought Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers. I have read it five million times but for some reason I don't own it which is a crime because Pete Wimsey and Harriet Vane make me happy. It showed up in the mail last week. I promptly read it and am now in the process of binge reading all the books that involve both of them. At one point Harriet tells Peter that "If anyone ever marries you, it will be for the pleasure of hearing you talk piffle." I do enjoy listening to him talk piffle as well.
I bought a Persephone book, used I must admit, and the sight of its pretty grey cover makes me happy. I bought Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton. I recently read The Half-Crown House by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it so when I saw this on Abebooks for next to nothing I snapped it up.
The View From the Corner Shop by Kathleen Hey is the diary of a Yorkshire shop assistant during WWII. My love of wartime diaries is well documented on this blog and when I read a review of this on From My Mental Library I knew I had to buy it. My shelves are groaning under the weight of books about life in Britain during the war but I just keep buying more. I am not sure why I find it so fascinating but I do. I also have a sneaking wish that I could dress like it was the 1940s.
The next book I also purchased because of a review I read on a blog. Blog reading has a lot to answer for in my book buying addiction. Lyn at I Prefer Reading reviewed The Past is Myself by Christabel Bielenberg. This is also about WWII but it is a totally different perspective. Christabel Bielenberg married a German lawyer and lived through the war in Germany. It sounds fascinating and I thought I probably needed a more well-rounded picture of the war.
The last two books are both by A. N. Wilson. I read and reviewed Victoria: A Life by the same author and was very interested in woman and a time period I had never read that much about previously. I ended up wanting to know more about what life was like during that time so I bought The Victorians and After the Victorians. I have a real interest in the minutiae of life during different times. I am hoping these books will provide that kind of detail.
As a side note, if anyone can tell me how to get those stickers off that Thriftbooks puts on their books I will be eternally grateful. They either leave a sticky residue behind of they won't come off at all. It is very annoying.
Have you bought any books recently?