Library Book Sale

It must have been more than a year since there was a library book sale in Kirkcaldy so I was really looking forward to last Saturday’s at the Adam Smith Theatre. I could have bought a lot but I find I’m getting quite choosy in my old age. Apart from anything else, I have so many books in my TBR pile, so I’m really trying not to add too many more, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy these ones.

Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor by M.C. Beaton

Loving and Giving by Molly Keane

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates

Sleeping Tiger by Rosamund Pilcher

How We Built Britain by David Dimbleby

Josephine – A Life of the Empress by Carolly Erickson

How To Be A Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

AA Leisure Guide to Scotland

Jack didn’t buy anything at all, he did see three which he had just bought online a few weeks ago, Sod’s law of course. The same thing happened to me when we were in the Lake District.

Anyway, that lot should keep me busy for a wee while. Having just read the blurb, I’m now not sure about the Joyce Carol Oates book, has anybody read it?

I think the book I’m most chuffed with is the Dimbleby, How We Built Britain. We both enjoyed watching his TV programme with the same title.


The Edinburgh International Book Festival

I’ve been looking at the Edinburgh Book Festival site and wondering if there is anything worth going to see. There are certainly loads of authors visiting it, unfortunately I haven’t heard of most of them.

This is completely my fault I’m sure because I do tend to concentrate on books written by people who are very dead, so it would be a sensation if any of them did turn up in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is about 40 minutes from us by car and we did go last year because my husband wanted to go to a S.F. reading, but I just mooched around in the bookshop and ended up using a book voucher which I had been given for my birthday.

Of all the writers attending, I’ve only read:

Christopher Brookmyre
Joyce Carol Oates
Louis de Bernières
Fay Weldon

Am I being madly blasé about this whole thing just because it is on my doorstep? I know that some people will be travelling from very far afield to visit it. I just don’t seem to be able to get excited about it.