Tuesday, August 31, 2010

books on the last day of summer


The desire to get new books, more books is omnipresent. Thus this is my non-guilty word-pleasure for August - five new books.

Yes, despite the evergrowing heap of books to read I do decidely refuse to feel any guilt about my book buying ways. The last books before this order I bought in May, sadly I now realise I neglected to write blog about them, forgive me please. The order before that I aptly wrote about on World Book Day.

So, now, on the last day of summer, this is the package I feel joyous about -

L'élégance du hérisson - Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - oh I have been waiting so long for this book to come out in pocket edition. I hope it'll be such a good read as I have anticipated. Maybe the perfect book to begin my reading September with?

by Mary Prior - don't know where, don't know when, but somewhere in blogland I must have read about this rhubarb-book. As I have the freezer full of rhubarb I thought it would be nice to try something new and delicious, not only rely my rhubarb on simply awesome rhubarb cream, rhubarb crumbles, the odd case of sticky rhubarb cake and strangeness off rhubarb toffee.

Schott's Original Miscellany
by Ben Schott - some years ago I watched an episode of Marta Stewart and there was Ben Schott with his book of fabulous trivia (love the idea!). I promptly put it on my book-wish list and now it's finally mine. In this quirky piece one might find useful information such as; nouns of assemblage, how to tie a bow-tie, cockney rhyming slang, Miss America's hair colour from 1921-2003 (70% have been brunettes), personal ad abbreviations, a brief (alas) selection of court jesters, the Victorian timetable of family mourning, the Hampton Court maze etc etc and so forth in what must surely be considered completely captivating. I'm sure I will find it much entertaining and useful. And I will certainly want his other books and almanacs...

The lost art of gratitude
by Alexander McCall Smith - the sixth book in the beloved Sunday Philosophy Club-series. Can't wait to start reading. However I am tad annoyed that the book size apparently isn't the regular pocket size as my other books in the series, but larger. It may be a silly thing in the whole scheme of life, but I do like my books in a series to be of the same size and type (preferably pocket). So perhaps this stickler will change this book for a proper pocket sized version.

I had planned and so looked forward to go see mr McCall Smith live at the annual September
book fair in Gothenburg in a some weeks. Sadly that will not be. Disappointing that is.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie - another book I suspect I've read about somewhere in the blogosphere and though interesting enough to put on book-wish-list. I'm now thinking it may be something similar to "The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao" which I personally found a huge disappointment and far from my cup of literary tea. But let's hope not, let's hope for another great mind-evolving Autumn read.


Kea said...

The Lost Art of Gratitude looks especially interesting to me; I must Google it!

I really like the photo too. Is that in your garden? Did you set it up with the flowers in the grass? I seem to have little creativity and therefore enjoy looking at people's photos, to see what they've done and to give me inspiration!

Felis said...

Try to read "The Host", without prejudice that Stephenie Meyer write for teenage! Haven't need posted that :). Sorry for my English!

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