firesale 1aYes, more books have arrived and been loaded onto the shelves in the past two weeks. And since I do find it hard (believe me, I do) to justify this massive addition so soon after the even more massive bundles that came in just last December, I thought maybe I could get away with the idea of them being viewed as my birthday treats instead.

firesale 2aAgain, I have to ‘blame’ it all on the Big Bad Wolf for the further markdown in prices for these supposedly ‘leftover’ books from the year end sale, although in actual fact, I did not come across most of these at all during that sale.

One such pleasant discovery was Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. From the little snippets that I have glanced at, it looks to be a truly delightful collection.

Miranda Seymour’s Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries (England & Germany, in Many Stories) and Edmondo De Amicis’ Constantinople are also two interesting finds that caught my eye.

As with the Rumer Godden biography and Mary McCarthy’s The Stones of Florence.

Yes, these and the many more that you see in the photos, made for a really good haul, I must say. πŸ™‚

firesale 3aI was thrilled to find two copies of Javier Marias’ works that came in the form of those lovely Penguin Modern Classics. I have enjoyed his writing before and am looking forward to reading more.

Another writer whose works I am also very much looking forward to exploring is Rose Tremain, and so I was really glad to pick up The Swimming Pool Season and Sacred Country. Especially Sacred Country which has been compared to Virginia Woolf’sΒ Orlando.

“I have a secret to tell you, dear, and this is it: I am not Mary. That is a mistake. I am not a girl. I’m a boy.” Mary’s fight to become Martin, her claustrophobic small town, and her troubled family make up the core of this remarkable and intimate, emotional yet unsentimental novel. As daring as Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Sacred Country inspires us to reconsider the essence of gender, and proposes new insights in the unraveling of that timeless malady known as the human condition. As Mary’s mother, Estelle, observes, “There are no whole truths, just as there is no heart of the onion. There are only the dreams of the individual mind.”
Sweeping us through three decades, from the repressive English countryside of the fifties to the swinging London of the sixties to the rhinestone tackiness of seventies America, Rose Tremain unmasks the “sacred co
untry” within us all.

I think that might be a good place to start off with my first Tremain.

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The Penguin Modern Classics editions are one of my favourite editions to add to my collection. Just love their aesthetic features (both inside and out). Aren’t these beauties?

firesale 5Has any of these caught your eye too?

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19 thoughts on “Happy Birthday To Me…. (or rather, an excuse for more books!)

  1. Wow! I love books to, just for the sake of having books. I just wish I had somewhere to put them, I want one of those libraries where you have the latter that slides back and forth. A girl can dream.

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  2. Those books are a treat to a reader’s eyes . Those books wow, what more pleasure and happiness that filling your closets with books . That too , sooo many . WOW . Thank you for sharing those images. Saving those images till I could get my hands on all of ’em .

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos! I love looking at images of books on other readers’ shelves and closets too, so I do know what you mean. πŸ™‚
      Wishing you many hours of bookish pleasures even as you go about ‘getting your hands on them’! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Wow gorgeous book pictures that’s what I love! I have never read Javier Maria but those penguin editions are lovely. I am reading the Forsyte Saga this year so I’m glad to see those. I am also very interested in the Rumer Godden biography. When I’m allowed to buy books again I might buy it.

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    1. Surprisingsly, I did quite enjoy Infatuations…. although to be honest, what made me buy those Penguin Marias were more to do with their looks than anything else. Yes, shallow reader that I am :p

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  4. What a fantastic addition – so many books at once. I wouldn’t know where to start. I’ve read just one, Gillespie and I, which I really enjoyed. I have a Rumer Godden autobiography A Time To Dance, No Time to Weep which is about her life from birth until the publishing of her novels – but I haven’t read it yet.

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    1. What a lovely title – A Time To Dance, No Time To Weep! Gotta keep a lookout for that one now. And I have high hopes for Gillespie and I too, since I did like her Observations.

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  5. Birthday treats is a good reason for buying books, but I find the birthday celebration(like the list of books bought) gets longer every year. Sometimes I bypass the anniversary altogether, and just decide I need a treat! You have amassed a really interesting haul of books.

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    1. I think you are absolutely right in giving yourself a good treat whenever you feel like it, without the need to justify it with an excuse or reason. And if one’s spirit can be lifted by just the simple act of buying a book (or books!), I’d say ‘why not?’! πŸ™‚

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  6. My interest is piqued by the Queen Mother’s letters collection… If I’m honest, my interest is piqued by all of your loot really! Nice selection of future reads you have here. Congrats.

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  7. Happy birthday to you, indeed! πŸ™‚
    Javier Marias, Rose Tremain, Marilynne Robinson – I have been reading a lot about them and I have read nothing they wrote.. yet! As it seems, their turn won’t come anytime soon..
    Hope you’re having more time for reading!
    Tell us more about Queen Elizabeth’s letters! πŸ˜€

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