It's been awhile since I did a Mailbox Monday, and my TBR shelves are groaning again from a slew of recent acquisitions.
Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme created by Marcia where book lovers share the titles they obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month’s host is Suko’s Notebook. I encourage you to hop on over to see what books other bloggers are excited about reading.Love and War, by John Jakes - second in his North and South trilogy on the American Civil War. Looking forward to sailing into this one in January. I'm watching the mini-series at the same time, and am enjoying both the books and the circa 1980 TV series quite a bit. There are a couple of characters who are pretty different from those depicted in the book, but the series is following the books remarkably well.
The Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel - the first in a mystery series that takes place on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. Coel is a fellow Coloradoan and I hang my head in shame whenever I must admit that I haven't read any of her novels yet.
Dr. Thorne, by Anthony Trollope - the third in Trollope's Barchester Series and definitely on my classics reading list for 2013.
Mystery Mile, by Margery Allingham - P.D. James raved about Allingham in her book, Talking About Detective Fiction, and I've been wanting to sample her work ever since. I've heard that Albert Campion is her best detective, and this is the book where he first appears. I do like reading books in order!
The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit, by Shirley MacLaine - I watched The Way earlier this year, which prompted me to read Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago, which I got for my birthday in November. Cheri Powell, author of Seven Tips, recommended MacLaine's memoir of her experiences on the pilgrimage, so I got a copy.
A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster - I absolutely love A Room With a View, but haven't read anything else by Forster besides Howard's End, but that was so long ago that it hardly counts. I know shamefully little about India, and I can't go on pretending to understand Victorian lit without getting a better understanding about the relationship between England and India. This seemed as good a place as any to start learning.
On the Shores of the Mediterranean, by Eric Newby - Wanderlust has been hitting me hard these days...maybe it's that old mid-life crisis, gotta-make-a-bucket list mindset that is driving me, but I long for the open road. Newby has been recommended as a wonderful travel writer, and since the Mediterranean is the area I most dream about these days, I thought this was an essential book to read this winter.
A Book of Travellers' Tales, assembled by Eric Newby - I don't imagine I will read this cover to cover but will dive in as interests surface. From Hannibal to Samuel Johnson to Jack Kerouac, and including Robert Louis Stevenson, David Livingstone, and scores of other notable travellers, authors, and personages, this promises to be a great reference book.