I find new books making their way into my home despite my plans to stop spending so much money on them! Here’s what’s arrived lately:
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale – This is my book club’s April read. I’ve wanted to read it for a while as I’ve seen such positive reviews and I think it will make for a great discussion.
Frost in May by Antonia White – I recently came across this nice article about Virago books which includes a list of the author’s top 10 modern classics. Frost in May is on the list and sounds intriguing. I love to read anything set in a convent school. Kate O’Brien’s The Land of Spices is one of my favorites.
The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami – Stu at Winstonsdad’s Blog wrote a really lovely review of this back in January and it’s been on my mind ever since. I rarely read translated fiction and this seems like the kind of book that I will like no matter what language it was originally written in.
Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham – I’ve read a few books in the Inspector Barnaby series and really enjoyed them. These books have been famously made into the Midsomer Murders TV show, but I find the books to be more subtle and intelligent than the adaptation and I’d like to read all seven in the series.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal – I tried to read this about a year ago and just couldn’t get into it, but I saw a copy in our library book sale for a $1 and couldn’t pass it up. The subject is fascinating so I think I will enjoy it at the right time.
The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann – I didn’t enjoy the last Lehmann book I read (A Note in Music), but I’m willing to give her another try because I loved Invitation to the Waltz. This is also on the list mentioned above of the top 10 Virago Modern Classics.
An Academic Question by Barbara Pym – Another addition to my Barbara Pym collection. I now own nearly all of her books. I’m reading along with the Librarything VMC group as they celebrate Barbara Pym’s centenary this year. An Academic Question is the book for November.
Thanks for all of your feedback on my last post! I really appreciate your insight, kind comments and suggestions. I am going to keep Gudrun’s Tights going and just do the best I can with posting and keeping up with comments. Thank you so much for the encouragement.
Would anyone be interested in participating in a Mary Stewart reading week in August or September? Her books are so fun and I would love to see them celebrated.
Have a great weekend!