Ah, it’s that time of the year already. 30 days into 2014 and I’m already writing my ‘sorry I’m rubbish and too busy for book talk’ post. Hip hip hooray!

Once the working world starts back up again January tends to floor me. A month that is supposed to be empty of anything much turns into a frenzy of socialising, work and general exciting opportunities. Even if we are broke! Best friends……nice pies…..new pyjamas. Everything’s looking hunky dory really – apart from a quiet blogging month. Even the Manchester Book Club book for January has turned out to be a real corker!

What I have managed, rather than writing, is a huge amount of reading and shopping for books. Something I rarely indulge in these days. I’ve had a few interesting book hauls lately and, to get some conversation flowing, I thought I’d share them with you and hear your thoughts!

George Street Books – Glossop


Glossop books

An ‘intriguing mix’ of books the nice man in Glossop Books said. I took it as a compliment…

The Vatican Cellars; André Gide – Gide is an author I need to read more of (particularly according to Daddy Relish). This one sounds particularly spiffing and it’s a grey penguin edition, which I love.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Mohsin Hamid – a hard-hitting, hugely popular book that I have yet to experience.

The Book of Proper Names; Amélie Nothomb – when we first started dating, the boyfriend and I both read and adored Fear and Trembling. This will be the second on my quirky Nothomb hit list. 

High Street Books – New Mills

New Mills books

The best little book shop I’ve discovered in a long time, complete with little record shop downstairs. Who knows how I managed to escape with just two slim offerings:

Mrs Harris Goes to New York; Paul Gallico – most of you will be well-versed with my Gallico obsession. The Mrs ‘Arris stories are so much fun – a good old English charlady – and I haven’t read this one yet!

All My Friends are Superheroes; Andrew Kaufman – I loved, loved, loved Kaufman’s The Tiny Wife. This, his most famous novella, was even more fun. If that’s possible!

Books from an anonymous donor

RHE books

In a wonderful show of Christmas spirit, a very special person allowed me the opportunity to allow myself the rare treat of BRAND spanking new books. *Shiver*  Prepare for red ‘Vintage’ spine galore…

I Capture the Castle; Dodie Smith – The rich plot and eccentric characters in Smith’s classic have always attracted me

The Golden Notebook; Doris Lessing – Lessing’s recent passing came as a sad shock to all book lovers. Even more so to the idiots who have yet to read any of her work. I intend to change that this year.

Our Spoons Came From Woolworths; Barbara Comyns – I always wanted to read a bit of Barbara Comyns. Who can really resist this wonderful title?

The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene – although Simon’s lovely ‘Greene for Gran‘ parade of books passed me by somewhat, I was already a complete Greene devotee (apart from Brighton Rock, which I was never keen on) and it has jogged me on to fill in the gaps. The Ministry of Fear, as well as sounding top-notch, has a huge muffin on the front cover. Yum.

Goodbye to Berlin, Christopher Isherwood – I simply can’t remember whether I treated myself to this pristine copy as part of the job-lot but I had to include it on the list anyway. Mr Norris Changes Trains was wonderful. I can’t wait to read the first installment of his Berlin Novels.

The Collected Stories of Rumpole, John Mortimer – since I spend my working life looking after some lovely yet infuriating barristers, I might as well read about one too. I have always wanted to read the tales of Horace Rumpole and Hilda or; ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’. Tee hee.

What have you lot been buying lately? Has your January taken you by surprise?

Tumbleweed on a Bench by Nogwater via Flickr

2 thoughts on “Tumbleweed

  1. I just discovered your blog on Simon’s comments page. I was intrigued by the title. I have really enjoyed your posts and am adding it to the list of blogs I follow on my blog. Use of the word blog too many times. I love the stack of books you got. Mrs. Harris in New York is one I loved. I love her also. The time she goes to Paris was hilarious. Great woman, fun read. The others look familiar for the most part. Looking forward to following your posts.


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