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Latest Acquisitions (April 2019 – Thanks To My Sister)

A photograph of the books: Anya Seton's Avalon, Dragonwick, and Katherine; Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists Of Avalon; Jean Plaidy's Royal Road To Fotheringhay, and Murder Most Royal; Victoria Holt's My Enemy The Queen; Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile; Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner

Considering this is a different sort of post and also considering I wrote a latest acquisitions a couple of weeks ago, I’ll keep this short. Suffice to say, as I imagine you’ll all understand, I was excited to see the above books in the collection. Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy are one and the same; as Holt the writer’s books can be difficult to get hold of and I’d been recommended them. The Christie is several books into the series, but if what I’ve read is correct, the stories can stand alone – is that right? I’ve wanted to read Anya Seton for years but never knew where to start; that the copy of Katherine has been incredibly well-read made me look it up online and it sounds as though it’s a favourite of her readers. I’d also been wanting to read Maggie Stiefvater but after losing track of her publications I put her books on the ‘maybe’ list; I’m now able to move them back up.

I’m guessing almost all of you will have read at least one of these books or other books by the same authors. Where should I start?



May 6, 2019, 9:07 pm

Those are great acquisitions! Katherine is one of my all-time favourite historical fiction novels and definitely the best place to start with Anya Seton, although Dragonwyck and Avalon are both good too.


May 6, 2019, 9:37 pm

What a treasure trove of books! I think Katherine was the first Anya Seton I read and do agree it would be a good starting place. I read many Victoria Holt books, too, but can’t remember if yours was among them. I did not know she wrote under another name, as well. It was just a few years ago that I read The Mists of Avalon and loved it.

Jenny @ Reading the End

May 7, 2019, 12:08 am

I’m going to be massively controversial and vote for you to read Sinner first. It’s a companion novel to the rest of the series, but I swear that the rest of the series is miles less good than Sinner. Sinner GETS ME. It probably has some spoilers for the rest of the Shiver series, but eh, who cares? It’s so good! The rest of the series is rather silly!

Caitlin Jordan

May 7, 2019, 7:12 am

I don’t know any of these books… I may have to look them up.

Tracy Terry

May 8, 2019, 11:47 am

Wow! that is some selection, I can see your dilemma. As I have a copy of Shiver on my TBR pile I’m going to go with that or, if not that, The Mists of Avalon really stands out.


May 8, 2019, 6:30 pm

Surprisingly I haven’t read any of these, but I do have Anya Seton on my list to try. Happy reading – I hope you enjoy your new acquisitions :-)

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

June 4, 2019, 12:21 pm

I love Victoria Holt, at least when I was younger. Have not read any of her books lately. I also was a fan of Anya Seton. Got hold of a second hand copy of Katherine a while ago. I think I read it earlier, but am eager to read it again. I love historical fiction in general so all the books you got are interesting. What a treat!


June 5, 2019, 10:56 am

Helen: That’s good to know! I could see from the way it’s falling apart it was probably one to read, but it was more of a guess.

Kelly: Thank you for the info! Yes, the writer behind ‘Victoria Holt’ wrote under so many names; she’s on Wikipedia here Seems her name was thought too long for a book cover.

Jenny: Interesting to hear, a later book in a series being the best. I’ve heard all the raving about The Raven Boys/Cycle in terms of series but otherwise only Shiver; I’ll definitely have a look at Sinner too.

Caitlin: Do; even if you don’t find you’re interested in reading them it’s worth knowing a bit about them.

Tracy Terry: Nice to see you; hope you’re well :) I was really excited to see Mists there – I double checked the author’s name as it’s missing an initial (at least in terms of my prior knowledge).

Jessica: I’m not surprised to hear she is on your list :)

Lisbeth: Good to hear! I was recommended Holt in general terms – her book list – and finding they were difficult to get hold of… I was excited to see this one here. I’ve got Katherine on the ‘very shortly’ list :)



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