After a couple of months of not buying or mooching very many books I suddenly have books in the mail. I think one of the small pleasures of life is to come home from work and find packages waiting in my mailbox. Divine! So here is what I’ve recently received:

The Dark Tide by Vera Brittain ~ I’ve never read anything by Brittain or know very much about her, but I found this Virago for a good price on Amazon and snatched it up. The plot appeals to me.

Gigi by Colette ~ This was on my Bookmooch wish list and I thought it might be a possibility for Paris in July so I hurriedly requested it.

The Professor’s House by Willa Cather ~ I am an ardent admirer of My Antonia and have always meant to read more Cather.  I’ll add this to my collection of her books to read “someday”.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys ~ Earlier this year I read two of Rhys’ novels and a biography of her and am really intrigued by her as a woman and as a writer. I want to read her masterpiece sometime later this year.

I’ve got a couple more books on their way and then I need to stop. I already cringe at the thought of packing up my library for my move later on this summer and shouldn’t keep adding to the stacks when I really should be purging!

Have you received anything in the mail lately? Have you read any of these titles?

8 thoughts on “Received

  1. Packing up all the books is just about the worst thing about moving, so heavy and you need so many small boxes, otherwise you can’t budge them.
    I read Wide Sargasso Sea yonks ago and enjoyed it. I blogged sketchily on The Professor’s House a while back, I enjoyed it. I think Amanda (ZenLeaf) loved it and thought it was about a man with depression. I think I thought he was just sad and mid life crisis-ish, but I wouldn’t know. I hadn’t even heard of The Dark Time but Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth is well worth reading. Colette I read as a teenager, but I can’t remember what I read!! A very good selection!


    1. Yes, I think I am going to have to donate a large portion of them to the library sale. I really don’t want to lug around books that I may never read!


  2. look forward to your thoughts on Gigi ,I ve had four Nicholson baker books due for reissue in the UK ,a Greek noir novel and a début novel from Australia in last week ,all the best stu


  3. Packages in the post. Delicious! I would highly recommend that Cather – it is one of my favourite titles. Never read Colette, will look out for y


    1. I will move the Cather up on the TBR! I thought My Antonia was just glorious and am a bit nervous that none of her other titles will live up to it.


  4. I really recommend Wide Sargasso Sea! I studied it at uni a few years ago and found it really interesting. My favourite book is Jane Eyre, so I hated what Rhys made of Mr Rochester, but from Bertha’s point of view, it’s brilliant!


    1. I’ll be interested to see how Rhys turns the ideal of Rochester upside down – I’ve always wondered what Bertha’s take on the situation was and now I will know!


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