First book haul of 2019 and it is a big one.
For New Year my husband and myself spent a few days in our favourite place, Bath. Bath truly is my happy place. I always go a bit Jane Austen crazy when in Bath. I know Austen was not very keen on Bath but the fact that she lived here is just amazing.
Anyway I went to two book shops yesterday. First Waterstones and then Topping and Company.
At Waterstones I bought 8 books, these are:-
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
I got this book because the hotel we are staying at has a copy and I started reading it and I’m really enjoying it but doubted that I would finish it before I went home.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ashamed to say I’ve never read it so I thought it was high time I corrected this fault.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I want to read this but I’m also nervous about reading it as I find Plath’s poetry a little depressing.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Love the film so decided to read the book. Hopefully it does not disappoint.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
I ordered a copy of this a couple of years ago from Folio Society and got Gentlemen Prefer Blondes instead. Hopefully this book does not turn out to be as disastrous as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes turned out to be.
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Not something I would usually read but to be honest I liked the look of the cover and thought it might be interesting.
Mythos by Stephen Fry
Looking forward to this as I do enjoy the Greek myths.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Another classic I have not read.
The Topping and Company book haul is as follows:-
Emma by Jane Austen
I already have a very worn paperback of Emma but I am collecting the Everyman’s Library series and this is the first Austen I have bought from the series.
Queen Mary The Official Biography by James Pope – Hennessy
I saw this and was intrigued, again not something I would generally read but I want to give it a try. Another reason was that I saw some of Queen Mary’s dresses at the Bath Fashion Museum.
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Seriously, who does not want to read a book about cows?
Monty Python at Work by Michael Palin
This book is signed by Michael Palin and was the main reason I got it. I do love Monty Python as well so I’m hoping it will be a good read.
What If? by Randall Munroe
I mainly bought this for my husband but I must admit I want to read it as well. You can not beat a little bit of craziness in the world.
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
I’m trying to read all of Neil Gaiman’s books and this is next on the list.
The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre
My mother in law recommended this book to me and I’ve been meaning to get it for a while.
The last book is a special one, as I have mentioned before I collect Tolkien books and so I bought a hardback illustrated The Lord of the Rings. The illustrations are done by Alan Lee and the copy is signed by Alan Lee.
So here is my massive book haul. I can not wait to get reading them all.
Please drop me comment if you have read any of these books. I would love to hear your opinions on them. Thank you.
Lady Book Dragon.