I’ve stopped buying books – really!

It may not look like it but I’ve stopped buying books for a while. The shock of putting my tbr shelves on Library Thing & realizing how many books I owned that I hadn’t read was enough to encourage me to retire the credit card for a little while. However, these are all pre-orders so they don’t count!

An Academic Question by Barbara Pym. I have read this but it was years ago & I don’t own a copy so I had to snap up this lovely new Virago edition.
Arcturus has a new imprint specializing in classic crime. Margery Allingham is one of my favourite Golden Age writers & these are her short stories, My Friend Mr Campion & Other Mysteries. They’ve also reprinted the first book in Martin Edwards’s Harry Devlin series, All the Lonely People. I enjoyed Waterloo Sunset when I read it some time ago & I love the Lake District mysteries so I look forward to Harry’s first case.

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues is the new romance by Trisha Ashley. I always enjoy her books which always include a lot of cooking as well as English village life & a fine romance to wallow in.
Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge is probably the book I’m most excited about. I’ve been reading enthusiastic reviews of this book on blogs for ages & Daunt Books have just reprinted it. It’s bound to be a great success as copies of the out of print Virago edition are expensive. Dani at A Work in Progress has also rushed out to buy a copy. I’ve been enjoying the Julia Probyn series since Bloomsbury Reader released the e-book editions & I enjoyed Peking Picnic as well.

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace is the new book by Kate Summerscale, about a Victorian woman whose passion for a younger man leads to scandal & the divorce courts. I loved The Suspicions of Mr Whicher so I’m really looking forward to this.
A Nurse at the Front is the WWI diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. I love WWI letters & diaries & Edith nursed in France & Belgium throughout the war. This is part of a series of diaries published in association with the Imperial War Museum.

I’m not sure what I’ll read first. I’ve just finished Helen Dunmore’s The Greatcoat & I’m part way through Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope & Queen Anne by Anne Somerset. Maybe one of these will be next?

10 thoughts on “I’ve stopped buying books – really!

  1. I love Trisha Ashley books as well. I have the new beside me ready to read next! I am also looking forward to the Kate Summerscale book too.

    I hope the not buying books holds out for a while. I am useless at it.

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  2. I believe you. It's not that long since I made a resolution that there would be No More Books (except those from the library)… but I failed miserably, and once again we are being invaded by books. Enjoyed looking at the pre-orders, which are an interesting collection, and of course they don't count!

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  3. I just love reading about books bought by fellow book lovers. I am trying not buy any new books this year (although I had a set back a week or so ago) so reading this posts go some way to letting me enjoy the pleasure of new books without me actually buying them myself. From your haul I am most excited by Illyrian Spring and Mrs Robinson's Disgrace. Looking forwards to reading your thoughts on these.

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  4. I'm glad you agree that preorders don't count, I've always relied on that rule. The trouble with the e-reader is that I can also invisibly add to the tbr pile which is a real trap. If I can't see a book, does it exist?

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  5. Yes, I think they're the two books furthest up the pile to be read. I've head so many good things about IS, I hope it lives up to the reviews!

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