Acquisitions #2

I think this blog post should be subtitled – Old Authors Old Books New Authors New Books

Ignoring the fact that I have bought some books recently and I really do not need to be doing this. I needed some cheering up that did not involve food. Then that would involve books. So I thought I would share with you what I acquired:

Joanna Trollope  – The Best of Friends (Old Author, Old Book) Having just read Joanna’s new book The Soldier’s Wife I felt I wanted to read some more of her work. It has been so long since I have read any.

Tess Gerritsen – The Apprentice (Old Author, Old Book) I read The Surgeon this year, as I wanted to see what all the fuss was around these books. Now I know, I am hooked so have been coveting the second one and could not resist when I saw it in the charity shop.

Leah Fleming – Winter’s Children (New Author, Old Book) I have been seeing Leah Fleming’s name pop up quite a lot at the moment, because her latest book is based around RMS Titanic. Rather than pitch starlight in with her latest novel I thought I would try an older book hence why I picked this up. Hence New Author – new to me.

Katie Fforde – Paradise Fields (New Author, Old Book) Reading blogs can have a major influence on what we read and buy. I am convinced ever since I have been reading blogs and then subsequently blogging myself. Hence why I picked up this book, as Elaine over at Random Jottings was singing the praises of Katie and of course I did not want to miss out. Again my theory here being, try one of her previous novels and see if it grabs me. The likelihood is it will.

James Darcy – Last Known Address (New Author, New Book) I have had my eye on this book for a while. For many reasons, we share the same surname aside from the apostrophe, he is local to me; Southampton (not mentioning the rivalry between Portsmouth) and he was visiting my nearest Waterstone’s (apostrophe aside!). It is based on RMS Titanic and is an interesting read a review will shortly be along I feel.

Sarah Rayner – The Two Week Wait (Old Author, New Book) I loved Sarah’s previous novel One Moment, One Morning. A clever novel. This has had good reviews and I did not want to wait to get the paperback, cheaper version so I thought in for a penny….

Christy Lefteri – A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible (New Author, New Book) The title drew me to this book. I always like to pick up a new author to try out, only fair I sometimes think. Set in Cyprus in the 70s and the invading Turkish Army. It has reminders of me of Sadie Jones novel Small Wars.

David Roberts – No More Dying (New Author, New Book) A bit of a fan of murder mystery novels, this caught my eye. “Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne seek to thwart the assassination of Winston Churchill”.

Patrick Gale – A Perfectly Good Man (Old Author, New Book) I love Patrick Gale’s novels. I have read quite a few and it was Notes of an Exhibition which I think got me back into reading something other than the “aga sagas” I was reading after I left university. This was a book I could not resist buying in hardback, simply because it was new and I like the authors previous books.

So an eclectic mix like always, the top four coming from the British Heart Foundation Charity shop who have an excellent range of books in their Portsmouth shop. The others from Waterstone’s. There were a couple of purchases but more about that in another post.

This pile of books, has just been moved a bit nearer the bookshelves (already full) now waiting to be read. Any recommendations or ones to be wary of?

6 thoughts on “Acquisitions #2

  1. Oh oh oh, I’m going to hear Patrick Gale talk with a friend on friday and you’ve just reminded me that I should get the book. By coincidence I’ve got that Joanna Trollope out of the library at the moment too.

    Good way of cheering up I think, but sorry that you needed cheering 😦 Hope you feel a bit less in need of cheering up now x

  2. Love katie Fforde, Leah Fleming, Sarah Rayner, Patrick Gale, hope you enjoy the books you have of theirs, really enjoy patrick gales books, not read a bad one yet! Nor by the others I mentioned come to think of it!

  3. At least four on your list that are on mine, what a pile you have treated yourself to, naughty but nice! I know that is what you say about food not books but it seemed appropriate with your own comment. 🙂

  4. Nothing that i’ve read, but it’s always reassuring to see the acquisitions of others and think, “I’m not alone!”

  5. I haven’t read any of these. Have heard good things about Sarah Rayner, and love the title A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible so will be looking forward to your reviews of them.

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