All these books that I have

I don’t usually do incoming books posts because most weeks it would be a bit dull. I have been trying for a long while now to buy fewer books than I read, in the vain hope that my TBR will start to look a bit more manageable. However, these past few weeks I seem to have new (to me) books coming out of my ears. Which is nice.

Foyles haul

First I went to the lovely Foyles and bought two collections of essays by various authors – The Library Book and Stop What You’re Doing and Read This! – both of which I think I had heard about on Savidge Reads.

ARCs

Next up I was sent a couple of books for review by publishers – The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman (which I reviewed here) and The Seamstress by María Dueñas (which I have just finished reading and am mulling over before I post my review…watch this space!).

North Greenwich haul

Then this weekend we visited friends in London who on Saturday took us to North Greenwich for brunch and bookshopping. They know me so well! Between West End Lane Books and a long row of charity shops I picked up:
Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Borrowings

And finally, because the TBR wasn’t groaning enough already, I borrowed some books from the friends we stayed with! But I had good reason. When Tim and I recently watched I, Robot he decided that I was sorely lacking in background knowledge of Asimov so he asked Twitter for recommendations of where to start educating me. Handily, the response was books that Tim doesn’t actually own but I now have on loan The Bicentennial Man and The Gods Themselves.

Now what order to tackle this little lot in?

6 thoughts on “All these books that I have

  1. Bella May 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Oh you got so many great books!! I love Asimov, and I hope you enjoy these. I personally love the foundation series but the ones you picked are also very good.

  2. dan gusset May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Re Asimov the I, Robot short stories collection is also interesting. Lots of people recommended the Foundation series to me too but it was a painful drudge to get through, I wouldn’t bother with those.

  3. Nose in a book May 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Bella I know, I can’t wait to dig into these!

    dan Yes, the I, Robot stories were where the discussion started but consensus seemed to be that The Gods Themselves is a better starting point.

  4. dan gusset May 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Those first two (The Library Book and Stop What You’re Doing and Read This) look very pretty.

  5. Dani in NC May 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Your pile reminds me of the days in my youth when I would go to the annual library book sale and come home with a groaning sack of books! I miss those days.

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog!

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