Monday, October 19, 2009

Books, books and more books


I've done my usual trick and bought too many books while I've been in the UK.

From the top, 'Writing a Children's Book' by Pamela Cleaver was a prize from Tam's blog. Hoo Rah. Very pleased to win that and thanks for sending it to me Tam.

'Rosemary's Baby' by Ira Levin: a first edition appears in my story. I want to quote a line from it (I think obtaining permission can cause all kinds of problems, but that's not a problem to worry about now.)

Three more Daphne Du Maurier books because I loved 'Rebecca.' I can't buy them in Bangkok so I had to buy them here! Honest.

'Incendiary' by Chris Cleave: because I so loved 'The Other Hand' and I saw the film of Incendiary without connecting them and that too was totally brilliant.

'The Reinvention of Ivy Brown' by Roberta Taylor. I picked this up 'blind.' I read the blurb and thought I'd like it.

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins is for Son. Haven't been able to buy it in Bangkok.

'The Beacon' by Susan Hill. Because I like her.

'Thin Blue Smoke' by Doug Worgul: I admired the cover at my Industry Day. Will Atkins of Macmillan New Writing said I could take it. He told me he's 'evangelical' about the book. I thanked him and told him in exchange I would review it on my blog.

'Small Wars' by Sadie Jones: I loved 'The Outcast' so I bought this without reading the blurb.

And I'm off to Waterstones again today to get some reading material for my Dad, so who knows what I'll come home with!

12 comments:

ChrisH said...

Oh, I'm envious of that Sadie Jones book - loved the Outcast too so will be interested to read this.

HelenMHunt said...

Blimey Mrs!

Lane said...

Nice pile.
I love The Other Hand too. I hope this one is just as good.

Kate said...

Wow enjoy!

Debs said...

Ooh I'm going a subtle shade of green looking at all those delicious books.

Lily Sheehan said...

Lots of lovely books. I love new books. so exciting! Happy reading :)

JJ Beattie said...

Chris, well, I'll let you know what I think!

Helen, I'm so bad.

Lane, I'm very excited about reading it... it's a shame I've seen the film, but it was sort of accidental.

Kate, I will, thanks.

Debs, but how to get them all home...

Lily, thank you. Which one to choose first?

Sandra Ferguson said...

It's not really too much until you need a suitcase -- a really large one -- to tote them all home.

Liane Spicer said...

Love your pile! Told myself I'm not buying another book until 2010, but I snuck off to Amazon this week...

Rebecca was great. Our copy is ancient - grew up seeing it on my mother's bookshelf and never thought of opening it until I was desperate for something to read some years ago.

JJ Beattie said...

Sandra, it has been known that a whole case is full of books. In actual fact, I've been quite restrained this trip... but because we're paying for this flight, I'm cattle class, which means considerably less luggage allowance!

Liane, ach, don't worry about reneging on your promise; I don't think buying books via Amazon really counts as buying books... It's something to do with the delay between purchase and arrival!

Carol said...

*sigh* I'm having to put reading books I actually want to read to one side at the moment while I plough my way through the Uni ones!! At this rate it's going to be two years before I can read fiction again....

Happy Shopping

C x

Tam said...

I'm on a reading embargo too (except for Heaven Can Wait, finishing Stardust, Last Christmas etc). Glad you got the Pamela Cleaver book :-)