Library Haul

I have been doing really well recently at concentrating on reading my own books but I’ve had a terrible relapse culminating in me borrowing five books – they were all absolutely necessary though! I did have ‘borrower’s remorse’ as soon as I took them home, but I got over it.

Haul of Library Books

I went into the library only to pick up one which I had reserved – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I wanted to read this one as I really loved his book A Gentleman in Moscow, this one is very different but still good.

Then the librarian told me that Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce was also waiting for me. I have no idea if I’ll like this one but several bloggers that I trust have enjoyed it and as the setting is London 1941 its sounds like it’ll be right up my street. I’m the first person to borrow this one too – always satisfying.

I’m working my way through Helen Dunmore’s books and Zennor in Darkness just about jumped off the shelf at me. The setting is Cornwall in spring 1917 where ships are being sunk by U-boats, strangers are treated with suspicion and newspapers are full of spy stories.

Stet An Editor’s Life by Diana Athill is one I’ve wanted to read for a while but hadn’t got around to requesting it. When I visited the library in St Andrews the other day it was sitting on the shelf, obviously waiting for me.

I borrowed A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny thinking that it was her latest book but I’ve just realised that it’s one that I’ve already read and it was first published in 2006 with a different title – Dead Cold. I’m so glad that I only borrowed the book and didn’t buy it. I hate it when publishers do that and I can see no reason for it other than they want to con readers into buying the same book twice! At least that means I’ll get back to reading my own books quicker, but I had been really looking forward to being in Three Pines again for a few days. Have you read any of these ones?

13 thoughts on “Library Haul

  1. Katrina,
    I want to read all of these, except for the Louise Penny. (Started with the first in the series and it left me cold. My friends insist I should go on to the next one.)
    Rules of Civility–I have this on my Nook. I, too, liked Gentleman In Moscow, but never have read this one I own.
    Zennor in Darkness–I own that one in paperback and have not read it. I have an English edition of it from the Book Depository. I purchased it at a time several years ago when I had just finished some novels with WWI settings, so I decided to let it sit a bit.
    Dear Mrs. Bird–Has just been published here. I’ve put myself on the reserve list at the library. Good reviews of it here–I’m eager to read it.
    So when do you think you might be reading these?

    • Katrina,
      Here I go again, replying to my own reply!
      I must say I’m very interested in Stet as well. I love books by book editors.

    • Judith,

      I’ve already finished Stet and have just begun Mrs Bird. Stet is very interesting although not as enjoyable as her other books I think. Andre Deutsch treated her so badly and she put up with it – different days I suppose, especially for women. The chapters on some of the authors they published were eye-opening, it seems a lot of authors have big problems – psychologically!

      • In those days, editors were told to put up with it or shut up, with crazy authors.
        Nowadays it is very different, according to all the people I know who are published novelists–best-selling ones, too. Today the author is expected to carry lots of the load of the publicity, with some assistance from the publisher.
        I imagine it’s only the James Pattersons and the John Grishams who get the royal treatment. At least that’s what publishing magazines say and authors report.

        It would have been fun to have been an author in the good old days, I guess!

        • Judith,
          In the Andre Deutsch days the publicity amounted to a two inch column in a newspaper with a list of the titles they were publishing! Athill, seemed to spend time being like a nurse maid to some crazy unbalanced and often alcoholic authors.

  2. I don’t know all of those books but both Rules of Civility and Dear Mrs Bird sound very good. I had the same experience as Judith with A Fatal Grace in the Louise Penny series. I did read books two and three in that series and they are better than the first. But I am still not as much a fan as most people.

    • tracybham,
      That’s interesting, I think it’s the village of Three Pines and its inhabitants that captivates many readers. Rules of Civility is very different from A Gentleman in Moscow, but still a good read.

  3. I want to read almost all of these and most are on my tbr. I do sympathise with the library problem – I’ve been battling with it too. And last night I went and reserved yet another book which means I still have 5 library books waiting to start, 2 not yet finished and one finished over the weekend. I’m almost scared to take it back as I’ll probably end up bringing back yet more! 😉

    Meanwhile the books I own sit here patiently. Good thing it’s too hot to do much else but read!

    • Sandra,
      There’s no doubt it’s an illness – all this book reading, but there are worse addictions to have! I often say to myself as I go into the library to take books back – I’m not even looking at any books – but sometimes they just ambush me!

  4. I love Helen Dunmore’s books, but haven’t read Zennor in Darkness yet. I’m hoping to get to it before the end of the year, though, as I need to read a book beginning with Z for one of my reading challenges! Dear Mrs Bird is a lovely book – I hope you like it.

    • Helen,
      So far I’m really enjoying Mrs Bird. There can’t be that many books beginning with Z so Zennor is very handy for you, especially as you like her books. It’s so sad that Helen Dunmore died, I’m sure she would have had lots more great books inside her.

  5. Hello, Katrina, I came via the DES list! I like the “roll calls” — they give us the chance to get to know more of the listers.

    I am currently reading the first of a stack of three Louise Pennys I got at the library used-book sale. I enjoyed the first in the series, long ago when it first came out, though apparently not enough to make me look for the next one. I am finding Penny’s writing style to be a bit wearying now, with all of the sentence fragments, but we’ll see how it goes ….

    “Dear Mrs. Bird” sounds intriguing — I will have to look that up!

    • Hello Jeanne,
      Welcome to ‘Pining’! The ‘roll calls’ are a good idea because as a newby I knew nothing about anyone, but I like that it isn’t only about DE Stevenson and people ‘talk’ about favourite authors.

      I think it took me a while for me to get right into the Three Pines books, I like the way the often quirky characters develop over time. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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