Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection. Mine are mainly e-books.

The Birds And Other Stories (Virago Modern Classics Book 10) by Daphne Du Maurier. I bought this because I enjoy her books and wanted to see if Hitchcock’s film version of The Birds was anything like du Maurier’s short story.

The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation.

Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison – she explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor, and reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too.

The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles – the story of the ill fated Theban royal family. Oedipus, a mythical king, accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother, bringing disaster to his city and family. I have a vague memory that I read Oedipus the King at school – but maybe I didn’t. I definitely haven’t read the other two.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – I bought this after watching the first episode of the TV adaptation with David Tenant as Phileas Fogg, who bet his friends in the Reform Club that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days.

How to Catch a Mole: and Find Yourself in Nature by Marc Hamer – A calming, life-affirming book about the British countryside, the cycle of nature, solitude and contentment, by a brilliant new nature writer who spent time homeless as a young man, sleeping in the hedgerows he now knows so well. I’m currently reading this and enjoying it very much.

The Dark Remains by Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney – In this scorching crime prequel, New York Times best-selling author Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of D.I. Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective.

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World by Michelle Scott Tucker, a biography. After reading Kate Grenville’s novel, A Room Made of Leaves I wanted to know more about the Macarthurs who settled in Australia in the late 1700s.

The Raven Spell: A Novel (A Conspiracy of Magic Book 1) by Luanne G. Smith – In Victorian England a witch and a detective are on the hunt for a serial killer in an enthralling novel of magic and murder. It’s my Amazon First Reads choice for January.

The Night Hawks: Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 13 (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths. I still have books 10 – 12 to read before I can read this one! The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, recently released from prison. Ruth is more interested in the treasure, a hoard of Bronze Age weapons.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

  1. I think The Birds and Other Stories is probably my favourite of du Maurier’s short story collections. I enjoyed The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame and Around the World in 80 Days too. Happy reading!

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  2. What a great mix of stories you have here, Margaret! Novels and short stories, some from the classics and some more contemporary – I like it! I remember reading the Theban plays years ago, but haven’t in a very long time. I’ll be interested in what you think of them. And I’m happy to see a Ruth Galloway story here; that’s such a great series, I think. Hope you’ll enjoy the reading!

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  3. Rain sounds really interesting, I’ve only read Melissa Harrison’s newspaper column which I like a lot so I must move on and The Birds is calling out for a film/read comparison!

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  4. Hope you enjoy all of these, Margaret! The only one I’ve read is the Elly Griffiths book. If you have a few before it to catch up with I think you’ll like them all. I love that series with Ruth Galloway. Oh, I have read The Birds. I won’t tell you whether the movie and the story are alike. However, I’ll watch for your thoughts after you’ve read it. Enjoy!

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  5. Ever since I read Les Misérables, I have been considering reading The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame. The Raven Spell sounds like a promising new series. I will definitely have to check that one out! I hope you enjoy all of these!

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