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Latest Acquisitions (December And January 2013)

You may have noticed I’ve been somewhat absent the last week or so, not spending as much time in the community. There has been an issue offline that has kept me away and in order to get books read on time I’ve been spending less time blogging and more time reading. Hopefully everything will get done, but whilst I’m reading them I thought I might as well tell you about the books I’ve acquired recently so that if I am a little later you’ll still know what’s happening.

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Anne O’Brien: The Forbidden Queen – Any book on medieval history is going to catch my eye, and O’Brien is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

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Becky Aikman: Saturday Night Widows – I’ve seen this book on a couple of blogs and it gained my interest.

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Elizabeth Fremantle: Queen’s Gambit – See above statement on Tudor history.

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Louise Douglas: In Her Shadow – I read The Secrets Between Us some time ago, and reading more of Douglas’s works just makes sense.

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Manisha Jolie Amin: Dancing To The Flute – India and music, yes please.

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Margaret Mitchell: Gone With The Wind – This was the only book I got for Christmas, which is very strange given my love for books. The page count is daunting but one’s got to read it, right?

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Nancy Bilyeau: The Chalice – I love reading about the Reformation (though I’m not sure why as the change means we’ve been left with ruined buildings rather than completed ones) and a book about a nun working during this time is incredibly appealing.

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Pam Jenoff: The Ambassador’s Daughter – I love learning about the time period, and loved that it is a sequel whilst being a stand-alone.

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Susan Cain: Quiet – I have wanted to read this book for ages.

So yes, quite a number of books to get to and less time than expected. I’m thinking of doing a few solo readathons to get back to a reading comfort zone. When I finally finished my first book of the year on Wednesday, I was so happy. There’s nothing like getting past that first book, especially in bad circumstances, to capture motivation again.

What books have you bought/received/borrowed recently?



January 18, 2013, 2:30 am

You won’t regret reading Gone With the Wind. It’s a real epic along the lines of Lord of the Rings or War and Peace…the kind of epic long novel that you have to read at least once in your lifetime.

Belle Wong

January 18, 2013, 2:54 am

I just got Quiet from the library – hope to get to it before it has to be returned! I’ve never read Gone with the Wind – it’s one of those books I keep thinking I should read. Happy reading!


January 18, 2013, 5:42 pm

I enjoyed Saturday Night Widows and Dancing to the Flute, I hope you do too!

Gone With the Wind..sigh, such a wonderful book! It’s epic!

I recently scored a copy of Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the library. I’m very much looking forward to reading it!


January 18, 2013, 5:49 pm

I loved GWtW when I read it as a teen – it’s on my Classics Club list to be read sometime soon — I hope it I still love it!


January 18, 2013, 5:56 pm

I keep thinking I didn’ receive many books for Christmas either, but actually I received the whole set of Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin in my head though I keep counting the set as one book lol!
I haven’t read any of your new books. Interesting mix though and I look forward to reading your thoughts on them.


January 18, 2013, 7:28 pm

Gone With the Wind is one I should read sometime, too. I hope you’ll enjoy it. I keep thinking it’s like a romance novel that reads really fast, but maybe it isn’t?

I haven’t read any of you other new books either, but Quiet is one I heard good things about, should be a good read.


January 19, 2013, 1:00 pm

I am looking forward to the Pam Jenoff and The Chalice! I did have Quiet out from the library but didn’t get to read it. Might have to reborrow it.


January 19, 2013, 2:02 pm

Quiet is a really good book! Apart from it petering off at the end I learnt a lot from it. I think you will enjoy it.

I look forward to reading what you think of Gone with the Wind – I’ve been meaning to read that for ages.


January 19, 2013, 6:42 pm

Some great books there! I loved Nancy Bilyeau’s first book, The Crown, and can’t wait to read The Chalice. I’ve got Queen’s Gambit to read through Netgalley too. And Gone with the Wind is one of my favourite books. I first read it when I was about fifteen and have re-read it several times since then. I hope you enjoy it!


January 19, 2013, 7:14 pm

Wonderful acquisitions, Charlie! ‘Dancing to the Flute’ looks like a beautiful book! ‘Gone with the Wind’ is wonderful! Hope you enjoy reading it. It is one of my favourite books. Enjoy your new acquisitions! Happy reading :)


January 20, 2013, 1:19 am

Oh how I love new books. Yours look wonderful! I need to take a picture of my Christmas books and post them. I love them so much.


January 20, 2013, 12:00 pm

Amanda: That’s what I’m thinking, it’s one of those must-reads. And I like to read the book before watching the film – wanting to do that soon.

Belle: Both rather popular, though of course Gone With The Wind’s the classic. Don’t look at the pae count before you start ;)

Jennifer: Dancing To The Flute’s my current read. It’s okay at the moment, I’m thinking it’ll take off once Kalu gets somewhere. Glad to hear Gone With The Wind is good. What a lovely title, I’ll have to look BTBF up!

Audra: I can’t imagine having read it as a teen, you must have had a lot of patience and determination! If you loved it then, likely you will now. There are very few books I’ve re-read as an adult I didn’t like – I think you just *know* when something might not work later.

Jessica: Sets are definitely more than one book :) Having a mix of books to choose from is important for motivation, I’ve always thought.

Judith: I don’t know what genre Gone With The Wind fits. Romance somewhat, perhaps? I know how it ends because of that famous quote, so I’m not sure… I’m very excited about Quiet, I’ve been wanting to read it for a while.

Marg: Yes, the Jenoff looks so good and the premise of The Chalice! From all I’ve heard I think you definitely should re-borrow Quiet!

Alice: I’ll keep the ending in mind – weird for a non-fiction to do that! I’m now thinking of reading Gone With The Wind in February, wanting to get to it sooner otherwise I know it’ll languish…

Helen: Good to hear about The Crown. I was happy The Chalice could be read as a standalone because I liked the sound of the plot so much. Queen’s Gambit is going to be interesting if my scan through it yesterday is anything to go by. Catherione Parr’s story never gets boring. You’ve re-read Gone With The Wind several times? Wow!

Vishy: Dancing To The Flute is okay at the moment, a bit disjointed, but I think its going to get better. Gone With The Wind is one book I’m going to let my expectations stay high for :)

Jenny: Oh do, it’d be great to see them!


January 20, 2013, 12:21 pm

Ohhh A lot of them look interesting, I’m looking forward to reading your reviews.
And well, I also have periods of time in which I can’t find time to read or to write reviews… it’s inevitable!!


January 20, 2013, 2:52 pm

Gone With the Wind is one of my all-time favorites. I hope you love it!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

January 22, 2013, 2:23 am

I love Gone With the Wind, but I haven’t read it in a long time. Quiet is a really interesting book too. I hope you like it!



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