A little rundown for you of all the books I picked up recently while away in Scotland.
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
I already have a copy of this and I’ve read it, so this is a shameless book upgrade just because I thought this binding was a lot nicer than the one I already own, and so would make by bookcase look prettier. Anyone else do that?
39 Steps by John Buchan
It just so happened that there was a book festival going on in Edinburgh while we were there, and I picked this book pretty much at random (as I as in a rush to get back to my familiars) from the Scottish Classics section in a big marquee bookshop. I do like a bit of grab and run shopping.
I did pay though don’t worry.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
This is a sort of indignant fan-fiction of Jane Eyre, it focuses on the character of Bertha Mason (the mad wife in the attic) and gives her some background and an insight into why exactly she went mad.
I finished reading this one last night, I didn’t love it, it’s an interesting idea, and it’s final few pages really achieve what it sets out to do I think, but there are huge patches before it gets there that left me just slightly irritated, or just slightly bored.
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
A bit of Dickens to expand myself a bit, I liked my first foray into Dickens, which was Oliver Twist, so I thought I would Give this a go too.
Thrones, Dominations by Dorthy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh
This is one of those clever author dies leaving an unfinished work and another author comes along to finish it off, but do we like this author too? we don’t know, we are suspicious. I think Jill Parton Walsh gets the character stuff about right though, and that’s what matters.
Uncle Fred In The Springtime by W G Wodehouse
Well this is a Blandings book, but I’m now getting the feeling that I might have actually read it before and forgotten. I think my co blogger Elinor might have even lent it to me.
What as the last book you bought?