Books Brought Home, March-April 2020

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Books Brought Home, March-April 2020

Mar 3, 2020, 5:00pm

A number of new arrivals in my household:

De Profundis and The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
The Austen Escape by Kathleen Reay
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd edition by Jonathan Alderfer

The last one - the bird guide - is significant. Three years ago, to ease a strained relationship with my brother, I started asking him about birds, which are his passion. Our relationship is vastly improved by my growing enthusiasm about birds and their activity and personality, and last week I caved in and bought my own beginner's bird guide. I am on the hunt for a pair of decent yet affordable binoculars, and am now not "sister of a birdwatcher" but a "birdwatcher".

Mar 3, 2020, 5:02pm

>1 ahef1963: Yea you! I have been a bird watcher for a little over a year and I am loving it. I wouldn't say I am good at it, but I am working on it.

Mar 5, 2020, 3:42pm

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes
Trace Elements by Donna Leon

Mar 6, 2020, 4:11pm

March-ing to Perdition, anyway. So I made a pit stop at the Amazon store and got The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero. WWII Italian POW walking home after hostilities finds a boy on the road who won't leave his dead mother.

Ought to be cheerful enough. ;^)

Mar 7, 2020, 11:35am

Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliott to add to my growing collection of Pride and Prejudice-inspired works.

Mar 8, 2020, 2:51pm

Mar 9, 2020, 2:51pm

Me again. I'm out of control when it comes to book buying!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
The Retribution by Val McDermid

Mar 9, 2020, 4:52pm

Started on Another World by Pat Barker.

Mar 12, 2020, 12:27am

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Mar 15, 2020, 1:31pm

Just got back from a trip to Grand Canyon with 3 new books I couldn't resist while there:

Life in Stone: Fossils of the Colorado Plateau by Christa Sadler
Mary Colter: Builder Upon the Red Earth by Virginia L. Grattan
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils by Dave Thayer

And I found an Early Reviewer waiting for me upon my arrival home:

The Sisters Grimm: A Novel by Menna Van Praag

Editado: Mar 16, 2020, 12:41pm

Mar 18, 2020, 5:27pm

Mar 25, 2020, 3:27pm

Mar 27, 2020, 9:37pm

I've been terribly ill, and have ordered myself some relatively light books to read while I recuperate. Four of them arrived today; two more are outstanding. Today's arrivals:

Twice in a Lifetime and Roomies by Christina Lauren
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
The Penguin Book Quiz by James Walton

Mar 28, 2020, 1:22pm

>21 ahef1963: Feel better soon!

Mar 28, 2020, 3:15pm

>21 ahef1963: Take good care of yourself!

Mar 28, 2020, 8:49pm

Mar 29, 2020, 1:48pm

>21 ahef1963: Hope you're feeling better and recover quickly!

My local independent bookstore has closed its doors temporarily to encourage social distancing, is still paying their employees, and has started selling online self-care packages for support. Count me in! I received Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, something from my Reese's Book Club wishlist.

Mar 30, 2020, 3:24pm

I am running out of books to read at home. Hope the library opens before I run out but I have heard rumors that Trump wants to extend the quarantine till the end of April now! That is great idea about online book packages. I am also thinking about downloading books to my Ipad.

Mar 31, 2020, 4:45pm

Mar 31, 2020, 7:23pm

>26 JulieLill:
All of our local Aussie Municipal Libraries have closed down, which has led me to re-reading my favorites.

Mar 31, 2020, 7:26pm

April 2020 NYRB Book Club Selection just arrived: Malicroix by Henri Bosco

Abr 1, 2020, 1:01pm

>26 JulieLill: Here's the link if you're interested:

Abr 1, 2020, 5:51pm

>30 PaperbackPirate: Thanks for the link. I checked out our local bookstore website and they have curbside pick up 9am-Noon. Monday-Friday. I may use them especially since the library is now definitely closed to April 30th.

Abr 4, 2020, 7:48pm

Ledger -- poems by Jane Hirshfield

Abr 8, 2020, 4:12am

I made a quick trip to the bookstore last night before Japan's state of emergency declaration to pick up a few books knowing that bookstores would be closed starting today. I usually only buy English-language books when they are on sale (not much choice but you can find some classics and unexpected finds for 5 dollars) as these books are exorbitantly expensive but I needed some lighter and shorter in-English fare to make up for the fact that my remaining TBR is made up some long concentration-needing books. Due to limitations in selection and to not damage my wallet too much I left with the following four books.

Hideo Yokoyama : Six Four
Olga Tokarczuk : Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Cormac McCarthy : Child of God
George Orwell : Burmese Days

I'm not sure if these will fit the conditions I went in with for buying books but they are different from my usual reads so maybe that will help make them more appealing if I my reading were to languish.

Abr 11, 2020, 12:40pm

>21 ahef1963: Glad your local bookstore can help you out!

After sitting in package quarantine, yesterday I opened a treat from my local bookstore. Inside was Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. It's my next book club selection.

Editado: Maio 2, 2020, 1:56pm

Every time I see a little bookstore asking for help I have to order a book, so here's what's come in the mail to me over the past week:
A Drive into the Gap by Kevin Guilfoile (actually this one came from Field Notes)
Pride: The Unlikely Story of the True Heroes of the Miner's Strike by Tim Tate
Living Dead Girl by Tod Goldberg
Fever: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane

Also I forgot about 2 other books ordered to take me away while I'm home:
Monumental Places by Gregory McNamee
The Grand Canyon (Arizona Highways Special Scenic Collections) by Arizona Highways Contributors

Abr 28, 2020, 12:23pm

Tiny little binge since I haven't in a while:
Ruin by John Gwynne
The Bone Season,
The Mime Order, and
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Abr 28, 2020, 9:44pm

Physical book: Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

Audio books - have just put the Audible app on my phone for company while I draw or craft or colour in.
American Predator by Maureen Callahan
Always Look on the Brightt Side of Life by Eric Idle - doesn't seem to be a touchstone for the title
Circe by Madeleine Miller
David Mitchell: Back Story by David Mitchell - the British comedian, not the author of Cloud Atlas
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo

Maio 2, 2020, 1:27pm

These three came in at the tail end of April:

Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

Ratf**cked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy by David Daley

What You Should Know About Politics... But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter by Jessamyn Conrad