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Latest Acquisitions (April – May 2015)

I’ve acquired several books since my last post on the subject; many arrived a few days after it published, which is just the way it goes! You’ve seen many of them (I won’t name them here but they’ve formed most of the most recent content here) but here are the rest:

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Dahlia Adler: Under The Lights – If I recall correctly it was by following Roselle Kaes on Twitter that I was introduced to this author and so on seeing she had a book on the way I thought I’d give it a look. I liked what I saw (it’s a theatre-based LGBT novel).

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Eloisa James: When The Duke Returns – The plan was to read it this month but I’ve moved on, mood-wise, to classics for now. I’ll likely read it later this year.

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Helen Simonson: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – This was an instant ‘yes’ at first physical sight; everyone seems to rate it very highly. And I’m assuming once I’ve read it and can join title with content I’ll stop confusing it with Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

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Judy Chicurel: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go – I was drawn to the cover first, but the title is the mainstay here. I don’t think I’ve come across one quite so long. I foresee many broken image links in my future as I use book titles in the filename.

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Juliet Madison: Sight – A fair premise here, five sisters who share the five human senses to a supernatural degree.

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Kate Chopin: The Awakening – This book only came to my attention a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve only known of it for about a year. It was mentioned on a couple of blogs recently and I left a note to myself to download a copy. It’s a lot shorter than I’d expected – length being one of the reasons I’d not yet opted to read it – so I’m hoping to read it soon. By all accounts it sounds fantastic.

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Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina – Yes, you’ve seen this before. It was time I found another translation because I know it was Vintage’s Louise and Aylmer Maude translation that was the problem. This is Penguin’s Pevear and Volokhonsky version and it’s a good fit. I’ve read a number of books this month already; the plan is to give Tolstoy my full attention until this book is finished. I’ve restarted it and already have an idea for a post one a theme. (I’ll be changing the cover I have on this site when I come to review it – so far my posts have been about the Vintage.)

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Raymond Jean: Reader For Hire – Peirene Press, translated by Adriana Hunter, about a reader. Enough said!

What books have you acquired recently? And if you’ve read the Tolstoy, which translation(s) did you read and how did you like it/which did you prefer?


Tracy Terry

May 18, 2015, 4:31 pm

What a great selection. Happy reading.

Audra (Unabridged Chick)

May 18, 2015, 4:44 pm

I loved the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of AK — hope you enjoy it. Also, Pettigrew was uh-dorbs.

I need to get a copy of Reader for Hire — sounds awesome!


May 19, 2015, 12:19 pm

You’ve an eclectic collection of new books here :)

I’ve acquired so many recently, it’s appalling. The main bulk is the Bailey’s short list, of which I am on 1 of 6….


May 19, 2015, 2:26 pm

Interesting mixture of books. I hope you enjoy them. In particularly good luck with this new translation of Anna Karenina. I think you are really brave to even try to read it. Recently I have been a bit over zealous on Netgalley!

vicki (skiourophile)

May 22, 2015, 9:49 am

Yes, two Pettigrews in the limelight at the same time — and both with a great ‘feel’ to them too. I wonder if Pettigrew 2 had read Pettigrew 1?



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