Literary Love Liaison

Wandering around over the last couple of months, it’s become clear that this obsession with giving the economy a boost has reached ridiculous proportions.  This combined haul of treats that has accumulated has left me anxious to keep piling through the books so I can get to the next literary intrigue, the challenge is which of these beauties do I begin my next literary love affair with?  That’s ignoring the hundreds of other books whose collective presence is bearing down upon me.

WP_20160414_002Nothing makes a reader happier than many possibilities, yet it’s perplexing that with so much to choose from, the list of books I wish to read is usually whittled down to five within minutes and from there to the eventual in about an hour, thereafter. Austerlitz, Ex Libris and Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks are the forerunners at the moment but that could all change by the time I finish V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River.

WP_20160417_001Having said that, any author who doesn’t use a first name and prefers to go by ‘Mrs’ instead has to be worth a punt and that was precisely why that book found its way into my bag, that and that economy excuse of course.   As the old Amazon wish list (which is there purely for when I shop in the traditional way) is too fiddly to get at on my phone, I tend to browse through my blogging contacts sites for recommendations, so more time is spent actually looking at the phone than the books themselves.

WP_20160417_002The Oxfam shop  – which was where the majority of the books pictured were ensnared by my greedy mitts –  is a welcome relief from the usual as it only sells books and music, that and being in a city it seems to attract a wider variety of books, not the yellowing copies of The Godfather and Harry Potter that the local charity shops in my town have had for years.

Now I just need to make the time to read these beauties but one problem at a time…

49 Replies to “Literary Love Liaison”

  1. Fantastic collection – can’t wait for the reviews. Btw, do you usually keep all your books or pass them back to the charity shop?

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    1. I am a big hoarder but I am trying to be more discerning these days and give away the books I won’t read again, it seems like I will have a lot of rereading to do later in life. I’m more excited than usual to get stuck in with this batch.

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      1. It’s such a challenge isn’t it. We are starting to run out of shelf space despite regular filleting & that’s even with books behind books in some cases… 😩

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        1. I favour the less tidy approach and have them liberally piled up everywhere and on every available surface but I still find the house get filled up too quickly, I am thinking of getting rid of everything I don’t need to I can keep the books coming and not feel quite so bad about losing even more space.

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          1. I have the same approach, piled up everywhere and on every available surface – I can’t imagine living in a house that wouldn’t have books scattered everywhere, it could never feel like home 🙂

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    1. It sounds about right, I deleted pages off of mine a while back and am creeping up to 700 again despite my best efforts. We don’t have a problem, the rest of the world has a problem not being encouraged by our efforts.

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  2. It’s great to have such choice, but sometimes there’s so much that I can’t decide what to read next! I’ve recently had a marathon of reading all of John Connolly’s books, when I get to the end of those, I’ll have some decisions to make!

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    1. I read The Book of Lost Things, it was a good read and not what I was expecting at all. That’s one epic marathon you are on and at least the choice you have afterwards will be wonderfully eclectic. May have to pick up some more Connolly myself.

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    1. It does sound really intriguing, I am leaning to Ex Libris at the moment, puely for it’s quick to read nature and it will encourage me even more on the book front.

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  3. Go for Boethius–it will reconcile you to all the books you will encounter over the course of your life which may be duds (i.e., you may need a healthy dose of philosophical indifference to get through them!). Nix on Fadiman–someone got me that, and it’s dull, at least at the beginning. Or am I confusing it with something else? Ignore me–read what calls out to you. You’ll be your own punishment if you choose wrongly….he!he!

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    1. Now you have me all confused again about which book to choose and then with the added kicker of telling me I only have myself to blame for a poorly chosen read. I may go the other way and surprise you all with attempting Moby Dick for a second time…which would surprise me as well.

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  4. Good haul. You could do with taking a trip to the wonders of South Birmingham – we have wonderful charity shops with good books. Or Stratford, of course. VG pickings there.

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    1. I am looking at taking a few trips that won’t cost much, then I can have more money for books. I haven’t ventured anywhere new for a while so will take your advice and then ruin my back carrying all of my finds, which is fine as that means reading in bed as I heal. It’s a classic win/win situation.

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      1. Ha – good thinking there! Malvern looks good, too – lots of charity shops and a nice bookshop. Went there with husband to meet cousins the other day and NO TIME for book shopping!! Macclesfield is recommended, too. Is that a cat in the background of the last picture, by the way?

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        1. Soon my places to shop will start to rival the amount of books I am looking for, which is no bad thing. It is a cat, I was hoping for something a bit more dramatic but was greeted by the natural apathy of Bela cat typically.

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  5. I have read a couple of these – the Mrs Craik and Emil. I always liked Alan Garner’s books but I haven’t heard of Thursbitch and would also like to read Ex Libris as I am always intrigued by other peoples’ books. I might have mentioned before that I enjoyed ‘Howard’s End is on the Landing – A Year of Reading from Home’ by Susan Hill. Oxfam shops are great for books – my elder daughter and I have found many treasures there. Best of luck with finding extra reading time in your busy schedule!

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    1. I’ve been after the Howard’s End is on the Landing, the Waterstones in Nottingham has dropped its Literary Criticism section sadly so I am looking forward to finding it on the off chance in the second hand shops. Ex Libris does on the face of it sound like the perfect type of book but we shall see, my days aren’t as crowded as I had hoped at the moment but that should all change soon which is good but will be a challenge too.

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        1. my employment situation is mediocre at the moment but I am hoping something better comes along or at least in my non work time I can get some interesting side projects going. My options aren’t looking too bad for the future but at the risk of being enigmatic I’ll leave it there for the moment.

          Thanks for the link, it is more than tempting to add even more books to the piles.

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    1. Good tactic, perhaps when I am biased to a book it can be surrounded by treats just to give it the edge, it’s not cheating, it’s being competitive.

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  6. Books and bookstores, a reader’s delight/ Well steve, it looks as though you’ve got your work cut out, or rather your pleasure. Have fun tackling your latest stash.

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    1. It is great to get so many finds at such a cheap price, that will keep me going for a while and inspire me with exciting ideas and make for some decent reviews as well, which is always handy!

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    1. I can’t decide which to be, sulky because there is too much good choice, or happy because I have tons of good stuff to read. I have decided to go the middle route and wear a happy scowl which should perplex passersby.

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      1. Haha…a happy scowl to perplex passersby sounds perfect…I need to perfect that I think! Have a great weekend, great chatting with you…

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          1. Thanks Ste…likewise!! (Although we’re mid week, so this could be for last weekend and the weekend to come…method to my madness (and lateness) after all…!)…

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                1. It’s obscenely big, I splurged £3.00 (thanks to my discount card and stampy thing at Waterstones saving me £15) on a 1392 page book which makes the thing even bigger, it’s getting insane, I need to read quicker.

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    1. I can’t get enough of books, at the moment I am reading a book about reading books, it’s great and makes me even more obsessed with the whole thing and gives me more enthusiasm to read and write.

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