Books · Witterings

Too much book buying, not enough reading.

I am reading, but I am not reading as much as I normally do due to being so tired, all I can manage is a few pages before I am reading the inside of my eyelids. That said, before the weekend is out I hope to have finished my current book and be onto something else.

However, I have been book buying. Whoops. I was trying not to, but I console myself that these are all books bought from charity shops. So what I have recently got?

This is an autobiography which I would have not bought brand new, but I have grown to like Alan Carr since listening to him on BBC Radio 2 and from that I have wanted to read his book. So here it is on my ever-growing pile to read.

This next choice I blame Scribbles for. Something new to her shelves is Elizabeth Noble’s Alphabet Weekends.

It is not a new book, but I have read Elizabeth Noble’s The Reading Group and Things I want my Daughters to Know, and when I saw it on the bookshelf it tempted me – it would  not have done if I had not read Scribbles blog yesterday! Oh well.

Another blog I can blame is Chic Lit Reviews – last week they had a Sophie Kinsella week, the author of the Shopaholic series. As I had read good reviews, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about. And I have managed to pick up the first book in the series.

A complete different book next is Now Then Lad by Mike Pannett, which is a book about tales of a Yorkshire Bobby. Looking back to some of my previous reads, I can see I have a tendency to like books based on true people, and what really happens in their lives but then fictionalised to make good books. For example, Gervase Phinn and Jack Sheffield. They are about education, teachers and pupils. This book is about policeman. Now I do not know if this going to be a good book or not but there is only one way to find out and that is add it to the pile and read it!

I am going to blame another blog or few blogs I read for the next book. Bookalicious Ramblings has mentioned it and someone else a couple of weeks ago. Apologies but I have forgotten where. Now it is not the book, pictured above but the new Ken Follet book Fall of Giants a huge book (864 pages) Its premise.. A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, FALL OF GIANTS moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.

This book is not released until 28 September and will  be in hardcover first. The premise sounds so good with plenty of story and locations. I also like the idea of a trilogy, and that this book is going to take us through many events throughout the century as well. I may well wait for the paperback mainly because I have so much to read anyway, though if anyone sent me a free copy I would certainly read it.  I have never read anything by Follett before, so when I saw this book pictured Eye of the Needle, I thought I would see how a previous book read and whether I liked the style of writing.

I found a Sarah Waters book, also on the charity bookshelves. I have read her current novel A Little Stranger which I did not think was as good as The Night Watch, in my opinion and I fancied reading something from further back in her catalogue. I remember it being on television but never actually watched the programme, so I know I will not be affected by this when forming pictures of characters, sets and scenes.

And finally…..

I have recently reviewed Kate Atkinson’s new book Started Early, Took My Dog and enjoyed it as I did with her previous book When Will there be Good News? I wanted to read more of Jackson Brodie, her main protagonist in some of her other novels. I picked up Case Histories a couple of weeks ago and saw this on the shelves so I thought I might as well add it to the pile.

So there you have it, my recent book buying. Having thought about it, the reason for buying them apart from wanting them, wanting to increase my base of authors I go for and try something new was to cheer myself up.

Would be interested to hear from anyone who had a recent splurge on buying books brand new or from the charity shop (I did donate a load of books when I went – hence why I was in there). But please do not blame me if you see something on my blog and you have to go out and buy it!