Monday, June 11, 2012

Mailbox Monday: Used book store goodies

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books (formerly The Printed Page) where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday is now on tour, and June's Host is

Last Saturday after another wonderful lunch at Sun Rose Cafe, I cut through the Used Book Emporium on the way back to my car, stopped to browse and found...South Riding, by Winifred Holtby.

I absolutely loved the mini-series that was broadcast on PBS last year, and have heard great things about the book, so I was thrilled to find this book.  I didn't get this version, however, which is a bit of disappointment as I prefer this cover to the one with the tie-in to the video.  Reminds me of the old-timey  travel posters that I love.

I also picked up Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, about Elizabeth Woodville of the House of York, and The Red Queen, about Margaret Beaufort of the House of Lancaster.  I know that Gregory plays fast and loose with historical facts, but she tells such fun stories that I forgive her, sometimes, for this. 

I've been wanting to read more about the War of the Roses--everything I know about this time in history comes from Shakespeare's histories--and who could resist these covers?


  1. As a writer, I find it such a relief that someone, somewhere, can still write that they "stopped by a bookstore."

    A real one.

  2. I never have been able to read another Gregory after The Other Boleyn - mostly because I was unaware until after I read the book of all of the historical inaccuracies. I'll await your reviews - maybe I can finally forgive her!

  3. Nice. I find the best things at used bookstores and it looks like you do, too!

  4. Three good books! I have not been to the used bookstore that opened recently nearby. I know I'll be too tempted to add books to my bulging shelves! Have fun reading!

  5. I have that edition of South Riding - but I didn't know it had been a BBC series, nor that it was on PBS last year. Rats! I would have watched it. I love the cover, it reminds me of Yorkshire (where it is based, though South Riding doesn't exist).

    Used bookstores are fabulous for finding good books you can't get anywhere else! I have to do another post soon on this topic, too.

    Enjoy reading them all! and yes, curious to hear if you forgive Gregory for the inaccuracies.....

  6. I'm also so happy when I browse a used book store and find something interesting -- enjoy your new additions Jane.