Wednesday, April 25, 2007

As promised (threatened) in my last post, here are the books that I
found at the used book sale last Saturday. The books that I bought
  1. The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
  2. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
  3. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  4. Somewhere Lies the Moon by Kathryn Lynn Davis
  5. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter
  6. The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King
All are hardcovers, and are in very good condition. I actually
started reading "The Sunday Wife" today and it's fantastic. The
author has a great sense of humour which shows up throughout her
writing. I suspect that I'll be looking for more of her books after I've
finished this one.

The only author in the above list that I've read before is Kathryn
Lynn Fowler. I have a couple of her books, although I've only read
one so far.

I've heard a lot about Alexander McCall Smith and his various
series of books. I've been thinking about trying one or two of them
out to see if I'll like them. One series is "The No. 1 Ladies Detective
Agency" and the other is "Isabel Dalhousie Mystery's". So now I
can read these and see if I like his style of writing or not.

"A Girl of the Limberlost" was first published around 1905. I recall
hearing the title at some time but don't know anything about the
book or it's author. There is information at the beginning of the book
about the author Gene Stratton Porter and it says that she was a
prolific writer who's books were very popular in their time. I have
it in my mind that this story might be similar to the coming of age
type stories such as Lucy Maude Montgomery might write, or
Louisa May Alcott. I'm looking forward to reading this one too.

I have a confession to make. I have never read any of Jane Austen's
books. I have all of them, and obviously I'd like to read them some-
day, but I guess that I feel a bit intimidated by them. I know that
those who read Jane Austen and enjoy her writings are often quite
passionate about her books. I like that. Even two hundred years
after her death she has a large and loyal following. But I'm afraid
that I'll pick up one of her books, and try to read it, and I won't be
able to get into it. I've never been able to read any of the Bronte
sister's books, although I have read a sizable biography about them.
Will I have the same difficulty with Jane Austen?

So why did I pick up "The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy
Fowler??? I guess in part I'm hoping that it'll tweak my interest in
the Jane Austen books and encourage me to pick one up. It looks
to be a fun read in it's own right.

There's a bunch of new books coming out in May that I'm going to be
getting for sure. Top of my list however is Kelley Armstrong's latest
which is coming out in hardcover. It's called "No Humans Involved".
If you like a well written, humourous read with supernatural overtones
then Kelley's books are not to be missed.

1 comment:

Shannon L. said...

I first heard about "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series listening to the CBC. Anne Murray loves them, and the lady who interviewed her (name escapes me) went on at length about them as well. I am definitely intrigued, but haven't had time - I think it's a series I'd like to read from the beginning. But I'll be interested to hear what you think of his writing style.

Shh... don't tell my english teacher librarian of a mother, but I have yet to read one of J.A.'s books either ! I do own several. Like you, I am intimidated for some reason. But if I love Shakespaere, how can J.A. possibly intimidate me ? It's a wonder, isn't it ?

Your book finds are fabulous. I am itching to hit a bookstore soon - used or new, I don't care ! :)