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Latest Acquisitions (July 2013)

Fewer books – I’m obeying my rule. Interestingly I’ve been reading a bit more this past week or so, so I’m glad of my rule because I’m getting through my pile quicker.

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Jane Austen: Mansfield Park – I finally have a copy of this book. I’ve been holding out for two reasons. One – I wanted the Vintage Classics addition that seems hard to find (I’ve actually given in and got the Penguin but as I’m not keen on notes in my classics I’m still going to look for the Vintage). Two – this is the last Austen I have left to read and it saddens me because it’s not as though she is going to write any more. I read the first couple of pages and then stopped because I wanted it to last, so if I end up on holiday at all this summer, I’ll likely be taking this book with me.

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J A Redmerski: The Edge Of Never – Likely a lot of you will know where I got this from, it was promoted in a Netgalley Read Now email. I don’t tend to respond to many of those adverts but I liked the cover and that it was New Adult. I want to explore this genre a bit.

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Michael Palin: Around The World In 80 Days – Michael Palin has been a small part of my life since I was a teenager. I’d say few Brits are unaware of Monty Python and I’ve seen a few of the films. In addition I have family members who are interested in travel and have seen Palin’s books and TV shows a lot. The story behind my getting this book is a travel company, Titan, that wants to start a book club. It struck me as a fresh idea to get people interested in travel and a company and so I agreed to review the book as a source for discussion. I’m expecting this to kick-start a Palin phase in my reading as it sounds great and I know there’s a big chance of his writing being right up my street.

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Michael Pollan: The Omnivore’s Dilemma – With thanks to Kelly for the initial introduction, and Kim for the specific recommendation, one of my current reads is this book. I never thought I’d be so interested in food non-fiction, but since reading Eat The City I’ve been wanting to read more in the same subgenre. Pollan’s book is a perfect fit.

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Vincent Lam: The Headmaster’s Wager – Many bloggers loved this and I miss reading about Asia (the continent was a mainstay in my reading prior to blogging). The book itself is very nice.

Five books, one of which is already on the go. Hopefully do-able in a short enough period of time.

What books have you bought/borrowed/been sent recently?


Jenny @ Reading the End (formerly Jenny’s Books)

July 15, 2013, 2:11 am

I have been trying to keep the acquisitions to a minimum, but I admit I ordered three books on PaperbackSwap this week. It wasn’t my fault! It was wish list books that came up all in one week!

(also cause I’m weak.)


July 15, 2013, 3:36 am

Whoops, I commented but I don’t think it went through.

I really loved the Vincent Lam, I hope you to too!

Laurie C

July 15, 2013, 12:22 pm

Haven’t had time to comment around the blogosphere as much as usual lately! I’m trying to request fewer books to review, too, as I’m very behind and actually missed reviewing some of my spring books and the e-galleys expired on me. I haven’t read any of your current ones yet, except for Mansfield Park!


July 15, 2013, 3:07 pm

So glad you’re enjoying the Pollan! I am starting to itch for some more food non-fic myself.
And, I completely understand re: reading your last Austen. I finished up with Northanger Abbey a few years ago, and I was very sad when I reached the last page.


July 15, 2013, 3:55 pm

As you probably well know I have bought too many books recently! I’m excited to hear what you think of Mansfield Park as I haven’t read that either. Plus the Palin books sounds really interesting. Palin is a national treasure now really.

Audra (Unabridged Chick)

July 15, 2013, 4:29 pm

Can’t wait to see what you think of The Headmaster’s Wager!


July 15, 2013, 4:30 pm

I keep trying to read Mansfield Park, but it is so dull to begin with I fail at concentrating.

My friend is moving back to the States, and gave me a load of Agatha Christie books, which was very exciting (sad he was leaving though.)

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

July 16, 2013, 2:12 am

I have Omnivore’s Dilemma, too, that I plan to pick up soon!


July 16, 2013, 7:23 am

Glad to know that you finally got Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’. I haven’t read the book but have seen the movie version and loved it. The story inspired me in some of my own writing. Hope you enjoy the Michael Palin book. Enjoy your new book acquisitions. Happy reading!


July 16, 2013, 1:58 pm

I have Mansfield Park but I haven’t read it yet. I should really make some more time for Austen novels but I always forget! The one I really want to read is Persuasion but it’s the only I don’t own!

Can’t wait to hear what you think of Omnivore’s Dilemma. I listened to it earlier this year and it’s an absolutely fascinating book!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

July 17, 2013, 12:45 am

Yay for The Omnivore’s Dilemma! I’m glad you’re still enjoying it.



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