Sunday Salon -This Weekend’s Books

tssbadge1I’d sorted out some books to take with me whilst we are between houses, but sadly there wasn’t room in the car for the box, so it had to go into storage. I kept out the ones I was already reading:

  • A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin, which I finished yesterday. This is historical fiction set during and after the Wars of the Roses. It’s very good – more about it later.
  • Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin – crime fiction, the sixth Inspector Rebus book.
  •  Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey – this is a fascinating book of letters written by a group of women over a period of fifty years. Their letters are part of the Mass Observation archive, forming a record of everyday life during the last century.
  •  Billy by Pamela Stephenson – a biography of Billy Connolly, written by his wife.

On 1 December I began Emily’s TBR Challenge – reading books I already owned from before then. So it was lucky for me that we went shopping in Milton Keynes last Sunday – 29 November and I bought three books to add to to the little pile I have with me until we can unpack our books, which won’t be for a while yet. The shopping centre was absolutely solid with people last Sunday, which makes me feel very claustrophobic and just want to go home, but I managed to buy these:

  • Black and Blue by Ian Rankin – another Inspector Rebus book. D is ahead of me in reading these and this is the next one he’ll be reading.
  • Portobello by Ruth Rendell – a thriller (not an Inspector Wexford).
  • Drood by Dan Simmons – I’ve been wondering whether to read this after reading about it on the blogs. As it’s so long it should keep me going for quite a while. A novel of 19th century England, this is a fictionalised account of  Charles Dickens’ last five years as narrated by Wilkie Collins. I haven’t read Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, so I hope that won’t matter.

Today I’ll be reading Mortal Causes and maybe start Drood.

6 thoughts on “Sunday Salon -This Weekend’s Books

  1. I’ve been wondering the same about “Drood”. I honestly have no idea if one needs to have read Collins and/or Dickens in order to appreciate it. I’m slightly hesitant to approach it, but I hope you enjoy it (and all the other books).


  2. What a lovely list of books! I had a copy of Drood from my library but had to turn it back in. Lust to long a book for me to get to it at that time! I will add A Secret Alchemy to my TBR list as I have been enjoying historical novels of late.


  3. I’ll be interested in hearing about Drood if you decide to tackle it.

    I have an Inspector Rebus on my pile–it’s not the first, should I read them in order? Does he develop as a character or is each novel truly standalone?


  4. I’m planning to get started on Drood soon as well. Might be my first read of 2010. I’ve heard some good things about it and am looking forward to a nice dark Victorian novel.


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