It’s a familiar scene: full shelves, books stacked slotted in to every space, or in piles on the desk. I had a bookshelf problem, until last weekend when my parents came to visit and brought a new bookshelf with them. It’s from an auction and it’s quite small, but it’s enough to ease the pressure on my otherwise groaning shelves.
So I’ve had a bit of a glut in terms of new books recently – although, let’s be honest, when don’t I?
At Shortstoryville a couple of weeks ago I resisted buying three new short story collections, but I did buy:
- ‘Plainsong’ by Kazushi Hosaka.
I’ve been requesting books from NetGalley, which sends free digital galley proofs to book bloggers in return for reviews, so I have the following three new additions to my Kindle:
- ‘Mrs Bridge’ by Evan S. Connell
- ‘In The Shadow of the Banyan‘ by Vaddey Ratner
- ‘Big Ray’ by Michael Kimball
I entered LibraryThing‘s reviewers’ promotion and they recently sent this book for my Kindle:
- ‘A Subtle Thing’ by Alicia Hendley
BookOxygen emailed to tell me that I can shortly expect my first book from them, as part of the Inner Circle:
- ‘The Confidant’ by Helene Gremillon
In Penguin news, I entered a Twitter competition by @PenguinEngLib to be the first to post a photo of an object from the cover of one of their 100 classic novels. I posted a photo of a needle and was sent a beautiful copy of:
- ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell
And finally I have, at last, bought on Kindle (for the purposes of reviewing/seeing what the hype is about/taking the mick):
- ’50 Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James
That’s it! Eight books and I only paid for two – not bad going. And at least I have somewhere to put them all.
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