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Latest Acquisitions (June 2010)

I said to myself I would not buy or borrow any more books until I’d read at least several of the ones I own – and, surprisingly, for that promise seems rarely kept by us booklovers (and we can all understand why), I kept to my word. So having checked off quite a number of the titles on the list I let myself get a few more.

The bookstore at which I bought some of the ones below is closing soon. I love Waterstones but we need these little bookstores. Waterstones provides the famous titles, the local stores provide the quirky ones you’ve never heard of, and as you now know I’ve developed a taste for random books. We don’t even have Borders anymore.

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Gayle Forman: If I Stay – I’ve wanted to read this book for ages, ever since I found it through recommendations on Amazon. It has done the rounds on blogs but the subject has kept my interest. I’m reading Before I Fall at the moment however so If I Stay probably won’t be my next choice as the subject matter is similar.

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Irene Nemirovsky: Suite Française – I found this online when I was searching for something else. The fact that it’s incomplete drew me in instantly and I’ve been going through a phase of craving books set in early-mid 20th Century for a year or so. I almost didn’t pick up this book, it was on a step at the back of the shop. I think I was meant to find it as it was the last one and very cheap.

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Julith Jedamus: The Book Of Loss – It will become apparent after I’ve had this blog a little longer that I love fiction set in Eastern Asia, specifically historical fiction. I saw this book in the shop, liked the cover, and am interested in reading what the reviewers say on the back is “heady stuff”.

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Lauren Oliver: Before I Fall – Three cities I searched before I discovered a copy of Oliver’s debut, and it was all down to misplacement on the bookseller’s part. But I’ve got it now and am enjoying it.

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Vikram Chandra: Red Earth And Pouring Rain – A random find, I liked the title and a brief flick through looked promising.



June 7, 2010, 10:55 am

I haven’t read any of them. They sound interesting though. Particularly Suite Francais and the Book of Loss.

Charlie: I’ve looked all over the Internet for information about The Book Of Loss and there’s very little around. I’m thinking if I enjoy it (I’m reading it now and so far it’s good) I might set up a revival for it (if I can get my hands on more copies).


June 8, 2010, 8:57 am

I’ve read If I Stay and I thought it was ever so good! Enjoy your new books!

Charlie: Hi Dot, did you write about it? I’ve the feeling I ought to check your site.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

June 8, 2010, 7:40 pm

I haven’t read any of the books you mention, but I do have a copy of Red Earth, Pouring Rain – it looks fantastic!

Charlie: It’ll be good to hear your thoughts when you’ve read it! When I picked it up I was under the impression that it wasn’t well known and was glad to find otherwise.



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