Bookshelf Travelling

Katrina of Pining for the West is currently hosting Bookshelf Travelling in Insane Times originally hosted by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness. This week my ‘bookshelf’ holds some recent additions on my Kindle. I haven’t been to a bookshop since January but I have been acquiring e-books, some presents, some free books and some I’ve bought, mostly when they’ve been on offer at 99p.

These are just some of them:

I’ve read two of these – The Luminaries and Still Life. As there are too many here to write about all of the others today I’ve focused on these:

On the top row:

The Virus in the Age of Madness by Bernard-Henri Levy – I bought this book because I saw him talking about it on a TV programme recently. I think it’s time I read something about the pandemic. It’s just a short book – 128 pages.

Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen – I bought this as we’ve been watching Our Yorkshire Farm on Channel 5. It is a documentary series following life on a remote sheep farm in Yorkshire for Clive and Amanda Owen and their nine children. I love it, so I wanted to read Amanda’s books. She’s written two more – The Yorkshire Shepherdess and A Year in the Life of a Yorkshire Shepherdess.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – a book I’ve been wondering about reading for ages. Ive read some of her books and enjoyed them. This one is a novel set in 1666, when plague suddenly struck the small village of Eyam in Derbyshire.

On the bottom row:

Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid. I love her Karen Pirie books and after reading Still Life, I saw she’s written this non-fiction book and I thought it looked interesting. She traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

Fludd by Hilary Mantel – another author whose books I love. This is one of her earlier novels, described on Amazon as a dark fable of lost faith and awakening love amidst the moors, set in Fetherhoughton is a drab, dreary town somewhere in a magical, half-real 1950s north England, a preserve of ignorance and superstition.

6 thoughts on “Bookshelf Travelling

  1. Now you’ve got me interested in reading Fludd, Margaret. I like Mantel’s work, and this one sounds like an interesting story – almost magical realism. I don’t usually go for that in novels, but it is Mantel… And I’d very much like to read Year of Wonders, too. I’ve heard it’s quite good, but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll be interested in what you think.


  2. Year of Wonders was a good discussion book for a book group I’ve been part of for years. It was quite interesting with all the plague info. Kind of relevant to today…


  3. I have Honeysuckle Season too, a free Prime membership book if memory serves. I must look up the Yorkshire shepherdess books as they sound like my kind of thing.


  4. Somewhat to my surprise I throughly enjoyed Fludd, which is an uplifting comedy, although set in a rather Brontesque setting of wild moorlands!


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