Welcome to this weekend’s Salon. I’ve had a nicely bookish week,. My birthday books arrived early in the week, and then Friday night I hit the annual used book sale at a local high school. It’s really massive, and dreadfully crowded of course with lots of pushing and shoving. But there are usually some good finds there. For $16 I came away with six books:
- The Great Fire: this book pops off the shelf every time I visit a used bookshop. It’s been shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and it won the National Book Award and Miles Franklin Award. All right, I’ll bite.
- Miss Hargreaves: Simon at Stuck in a Book raves about this one every time he gets a chance. It’s time I learned what all the fuss is about.
- Crossing to Safety: Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose is one of my all-time favorites (read my review), and I’ve meant to read more of his work. This book was highly recommended by a LibraryThing member who is taking a course on Stegner.
- Big Rock Candy Mountain: more Stegner!
- The Postmistress: this one has been on my wishlist ever since Jill at The Magic Lasso recommended it to me. This copy is an ARC but I’m OK with that.
- The Book and the Brotherhood: I’m working my way through Iris Murdoch’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novels, and this is one of them. This is the only book I bought that I’m absolutely certain I’ll read this year … 🙂
Not bad, eh? And then I also had a decent week of reading, finishing The Hills at Home, which I loved (read my review), and Salvation City, which was quite different but not bad (read my review). I’m now deep into my latest Murdoch, The Nice and the Good, and finding it really enjoyable. The more I read of her work, the more I appreciate her unique gifts.
Finally, a brief update on the Reading Adventures of Lisa and Mary: Lisa was a model library patron, returning A Dance to the Music of Time on its due date. The library’s website says it’s now “in transit” to Mary. With any luck, it will be in my hands before April.
Have a great week !
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