Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The gift of books


Remember my tiny bookshop of last May?  I seem to have built up a new one post Christmas.  They'll have to wait until I get through the giant library pile, but then I'm diving straight into this little lot!

The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher was one of my favourite books in 2013.  (Just had to check Goodreads to see if it really was that long ago.  Yup, forever.)  Recently I felt the urge to read all those beautiful dreamy paragraphs again, and I knew Mother had a habit of checking my Amazon wish list before present buying season, so I wasn't too surprised when it turned up in my little pile of gifts.  It might even end up in the permanent collection!

Call the Midwife and Round Ireland with a Fridge were gifts from my friend.  I must have mentioned  to her that I'd been watching Call the Midwife in the last few months, or else she just knows me really, really well, but either way I'm looking forward to reading it.  I don't usually go for memoir books but I need to see how much of the TV show was based on real life!  My friend just moved to Ireland so I'm assuming the other book means something to her - I like when she throws in a random gift to push me out of my usual reading zone, although who knows what a fridge has to do with touring Ireland...

I've had my eye on Amy Poehler's Yes Please for ages now - Parks and Recreation is one of my all time favourite shows and I love Amy as an actress so much that I had to read anything she'd written.  It's weightier than I expected so there should be some good reading in it!  I also need to get my hands on the Pawnee book - I bought my friend a copy when it was first released but only got the chance to have a quick look before I had to hand it over.  What I did see was hilarious and I've been meaning to get my own one ever since.

And Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon.  I found this in a charity shop the other day and figured it must be part of the Outlander series, so I thought I'd buy it anyway since I ordered the first one in the library last month.  According to the librarian, I'm 20th in line for it.  Apparently Glasgow has one copy of the first book between their many libraries.  Anyway, a quick Google while I was waiting and it turned out this book IS the first in the series, it just has a different name in the UK.  Woohoo!  Who knows how quickly I'll get to it, but one of my colleagues has just started another series and is dying to read this one, so we'll do a trade eventually.

Has anyone read any of these?  Can I expect amazing things?

:)

22 comments:

  1. Haven't read any of these, but I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on with them.

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    1. Hopefully it won't take too long! :)

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  2. I got 'Yes Please' for Christmas and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to read it

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  3. I loved Yes, Please! I fancy Nick Offerman's book, too (on the Parks & Recreation theme).

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    1. Oh he's a legend too, I'd definitely read that! And if Chris Pratt was also to release a book with some nice topless pics, I wouldn't hate that either ;)

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  4. I love the Call the Midwife series. After I watched the first season when it first came out on american tv, I read all her books. So interesting! I couldn't put the books down. What a fascinating life and the stories, some of them are kind of hair raising! Have you read any Susanna Kearsley? I like her books a lot.

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    1. Ooh no, I've never heard of her, I'll need to check it out. I saw another of Jennifer Worth's books in the charity shop so it's good to know there's more if I like it :)

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  5. I can't wait to read Amy Poehler's book! I read Tina Fey's "Bossypants" and it was hilarious. I can only imagine what Amy brings to light in her book!
    ~ Samatha

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    1. I loved Tina Fey's book, hopefully it'll be as good! :)

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  6. I've read both Call The Midwife as well as Cross stitch. Both excellent reads. C. the M. was a chapter per night for me and l enjoyed the wait inbetween. But Cross stitch I did not want to put down. So far no Uk chanels have bought the Outlander TV series, but I hope they do.

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    1. I heard it's coming on next year some time, hoping it's not just a crazy rumour! Glad to hear they're worth a read, I'm hoping Outlander will be the next awesome series I read :)

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  7. I NEED THAT YES PLEASE BOOK I asked and asked for it for Christmas, but no dice ;p will have to purchase it myself, oh well I know it will be worth a read! I'd also like to read Call the Midwife - right now I'm making my way through Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) so I'm sure I won't get to these others for a little while yet :p jenny xx

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    1. Well if you can wait I'll send it to you next :) I've heard good things about Wolf Hall, I may need to get that on my list

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  8. I love finding lists of new books to read - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yay glad to be of assistance! :)

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  9. Ooh I've not read any of these! I do love getting books for Xmas - I only got 1 this year which I was surprised about, but like yours it's an out of my comfort zone one which will be fun to try!

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    1. I wasn't expecting any since everyone knows I'm at the library so much, but it was a nice surprise! :)

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  10. I read Round Ireland with a Fridge years ago now but I remember really enjoying it!

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    1. Ooh good to know, I'm always a bit slow to read books I haven't picked myself but I'll need to get on it! :)

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  11. Like Miss Magpie above, I read 'Round Ireland' a few years ago as well and it's quite good (there's even a movie to go with it starring the author, a weird kind of story that turns into real life during the film). Worth watching just for the novelty value!

    I read Call the Midwife over Christmas, it's good but strange. Hard to explain but it's fascinating how much of the book is in the TV series but also how much of the TV series isn't in the book (if that makes any sort of sense at all). A really interesting read though as well as seeing just how much midwifery has changed over the last 60-70 years. :-) xx

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    1. Ooh awesome, I love watching the movie after reading the book! I kind of thought that would be the case with Call the Midwife, I'm looking forward to comparing :)

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