After my recent book drought, all of a sudden, a flood! My company had a staff sale, at which we could get books for 75% off. So I did. And then a couple of others came my way as well. Thus I have been forced to put down Proust vol 3, on which I had just re-embarked, because Roxana is easier reading on the train.
Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
Phineas Redux – Anthony Trollope
The Prime Minister – Anthony Trollope
Rachel Ray – Anthony Trollope
(You see what I did there? I messed up on the Palliser series and missed The Duke’s Children. Sigh. I’m sure Rachel Ray is good, though. Oh, and I’ve already read The Eustace Diamonds so I didn’t get that again, which I am now regretting because there will be incompleteness.)
The Doctor’s Wife – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Aurora Floyd – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Roxana – Daniel Defoe
Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories – M R James
Selected Writings – William Hazlitt
And then, a couple of weeks ago, a writer called N. Frank Daniels emailed me to say that he liked my blog and would I be interested in free copies of books written by friends of his, and which he thought had not been getting the attention they deserved? Obviously with my massive readership of about 25 people I can totally turn around their popularity and soon they will get film deals. But I checked and he did indeed seem to be who he said he was (a Harper Perennial author), and both books looked pretty good, and it’s very hard for me to turn down free books unless I think they will be really terrible, so I said ‘Of course!’ And in the spirit of good book karma, I also said that I would buy his book in return. Partly because he was doing a nice thing in getting his friends’ books read, and partly because we have to keep propping up the publishing industry even though it is doing sweet FA to help itself, preferring to wring its collective hands and cry that the sky is falling in.
Anway. That is how
Now & Then – Jacqueline Sheehan and
Home Repair – Liz Rosenberg
came to join the book party.