This post is a little early, coming as it is before February has even finished, but I am going on holiday in a couple of days, and wanted to ensure that I remembered to post it. Without further ado, here are the books which I purchased during February, a month in which I’d told myself I wouldn’t buy anything new. I bought thirteen books in total; unlucky for some, but lucky for my bookshelf!
We begin the month with two travel guides. My boyfriend and I had originally planned to travel to Riga, and so I bought the Riga Rough Guide before trying to book our flights (which, it turns out, is nigh on impossible from Scotland if we don’t want to change plane twice and have a thirteen-hour long journey…). After three hours of searching supposed ‘direct’ flights – which was rather trying, believe me! – we eventually decided to book a trip to easy-to-get-to Amsterdam, hence my subsequent purchase of a Lonely Planet Guide to The Netherlands. The Lonely Planet guides are a little pricier than others, but I absolutely love them, and try to buy them for as many trips as I can.
I lucked out somewhat by finding an omnibus collection of two Elisabeth Sanxay Holding novels. I have wanted to read The Blank Wall for an absolute age, but have never found a physical copy of it, and those online were rather expensive. I managed, somehow, to order a used copy with the aforementioned, as well as another of her novels, The Innocent Mrs. Duff. Good old Internet!
February was, I suppose, a month of classics for me – or modern ones, at least! I purchased my final outstanding William Maxwell novel, Time Will Darken It, which I am both ecstatic and rather sad about reading. I also chose two books by Sylvia Townsend Warner – the Virago edition of her Diaries, and the also gorgeous green spined Selected Stories. I love Warner’s work so much, and am just as excited to get to her non-fiction as I am to read more of her short fiction. Carrying on with the green spines, I also bought one of my last outstanding Nina Bawden novels for some well-needed escapism away from my research work. I chose A Little Love, A Little Learning almost at random, but have later found that it has been well reviewed by several of my friends, and bloggers whom I very much admire.
Two French classics have also made their way onto my shelves. Whilst neither was actually upon my original Reading France Project list, one of my esteemed reading friends on Goodreads gave both five star reviews, and I just couldn’t resist them. Thus, I am very much looking forward to Andre Gide‘s Strait is the Gate, and Therese by Francois Mauriac, both of which I endeavour to read whilst in France over Easter.
Two further short story collections and two contemporary novels finish my haul for this month. With regard to the short fiction, I chose to finally get my hands on a copy of Karen Russell‘s St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, which I have wanted for such a long time. As Mother’s Day is also coming up, I plumped for a gorgeous Everyman’s Library hardback edition of Stories of Motherhood, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell. With regard to my contemporary picks, I chose One by Sarah Crossan, in which my interest was piqued after watching a BBC2 documentary encouraging teenagers in one particular school to read, and Liz Jensen‘s The Uninvited. I’ve not read anything by Jensen in a long time, and the storyline intrigued me rather.
So ends this month’s book haul! Which books have you bought and received this month? Have you read any of these? Which should I begin with?