New To Me Books

This post is about the books I’ve recently added to my TBRs and about the library books I’ve recently borrowed.

Paperbacks from Barter Books in Alnwick:


Earth and Heaven by Sue Gee.  I’ve only read one of her books, The Hours of the Night, and that was years ago, and pre-blog, when I just noted that it was ‘good overall’ and ‘could be shorter’. But the blurb interested me – set in the aftermath of the First World War it’s ‘about life’s fragility, and the power of love and painting to disturb, renew and reveal us to ourselves.

Broadchurch by Erin Kelly, based on the story by series creator Chris Chibnall. i loved the TV series, so I’m hoping I’ll love this too. I’ve only read one other book based on a TV series and that was Tenko broadcast in the 1980s (about women in a Japanese prisoner of war camp). The book was terrible, such a let down as I had loved the TV series.

Die Trying by Lee Child, the second Jack Reacher thriller. I haven’t read the first one yet, but I’ve found it’s best to get the books from Barter Books when I see them – they might not be there next time I go. I enjoyed the only Jack Reacher book I’ve read, The Midnight Line and have decided to read the earlier books.

Library books:


Goodbye Piccadilly: War at Home 1914 by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. I’ve been seeing her books in libraries and bookshops for years, but have never read any. This is the first in a series about the First World War – I decided to start with this rather than her Morland Dynasty series (now 34 books).

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns and I’m expecting this to be just as good! It’s described on the back cover as ‘a deeply moving epic of heartache, hope and, above all, the unbreakable bonds of love.

Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson – historical crime fiction. I’ve read a few of the Dandy Gilver books and enjoyed them. This one is set in 1930s Scotland – in a fishing village on the Banffshire coast where unusual items are turning up in the herring barrels.

I’m looking forward to reading these books in the coming months!

11 thoughts on “New To Me Books

  1. An excellent haul! There must be something about the Jack Reacher books or they wouldn’t be so hugely popular. My husband is a fan and he’s a picky reader so I’m determined to try him. We own the newish book of short stories so I’m going to sample those and see how I get on.

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  2. You do have some good ‘uns there, Margaret. I’m especially interested in what you’ll think of the McPherson. I like the Dandy Gilver series a lot, not least for the sly wit in it, and I hope you’ll like that one, too.

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  3. Nice collection and good variety–should keep you busy! Goodbye Piccadilly appeals to me–smart to not start on a 34-book series without knowing if you like the author 🙂

    A Thousand Splendid Suns has been on my shelf for awhile–need to get it on a reading list next year.


  4. I enjoyed the Dandy Gilver book. I’ve had a Cynthia Harrod-Eagles book for a few years – unread, it’s called Julia and I’ve just realised from your post that it’s probably part of a long series. I’ve never read any of hers.


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