Birthday Gifts!


There was a book in this beautiful little gift bag – see below.*


Yesterday was my birthday – these are some of the gifts I received, including a little pile of books. From top to bottom they are:

  • Historical Noir: the Pocket Essential Guide to Fiction, Film and TV by Barry Forshaw – a reference book that will keep me informed about historical and not so historical sleuths. One to dip into frequently, I suspect. (*This was the book in the gift bag.)
  • The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I loved her first book, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, so I’m expecting (hoping) this will be just as fascinating.
  • I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May – one of my favourite authors, writing such richly descriptive books. This is set in the Outer Hebrides, like his Lewis Trilogy.
  • Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – a new-to-me author, so not sure what to expect, but Ian Rankin is quoted on the back cover: Great hook and the book lives up to it. I hope so.
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine – another new-to-me author. Another book set in the Outer Hebrides, set in a crumbling estate with a century-old secret, historical fiction set in 2010Β  and in 1910, described as ‘An echo of Daphne du Maurier‘.
  • Origin by Dan Brown – I know lots of people criticise his writing but I find his books entertaining. I’ve read a few and whilst they are formulaic and not great literature I have enjoyed them – pure escapism!

12 thoughts on “Birthday Gifts!

  1. A very happy birthday to you, Margaret! How wonderful to get books. I never get books. No one ever know what to get me in that regard (well, occasionally my daughter will get me a couple) and they all think I have enough books. Ha! The flowers are gorgeous and so is the purse. And a step DVD and stepper? You’ll have to tell us how that goes. πŸ˜‰


  2. Happy Birthday Margaret! Love the purse! Two of those books sound good to me, the Peter May and Sarah Maine. Happy reading.


  3. Happy Birthday! The Barry Forshaw book sounds great – I hope you’ll review it. And I haven’t read that Steve Cavanagh, but I did read one of his others, The Defence, and enjoyed it – an entertaining romp of a thriller! Enjoy! πŸ˜€


  4. A belated happy birthday! What a great stash. I love reading books set on Scottish islands (our favourite holiday destinations too!), and am also planning to read Origin for the same reasons as you. πŸ™‚


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