Monday, December 10, 2012

Mailbox Monday, December 10: Groaning TBR Shelf

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.


  1. I loved John Jakes' books! It's been years since I've read them. I remember really liking his Kent family series too. Great books this week. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  2. Just wanted to pop by and say hi and that I hope your week is off to a great start. I love the mailbox pic by the way.

  3. Looks to be great haul of books.

    I read and blogged about Passage to India earlier in the year. It was very different from Howard's End. I found it to be very meta physical and philosophical. I also loved it. The film was also excellent.

  4. Love love love your Mailbox picture!

    Thanks for the mention, Jane. Enjoy your new books.

  5. You've got some great reading here. Have a good week and enjoy them all.

  6. Enjoy all of your new books!

  7. Love your Mailbox Monday Picture....such a cute scene.

    Enjoy all your books!!! You definitely had a full mailbox.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. A Passage to India will provide some insight into the relationship between England and India. Many consider it Forster's masterpiece, but I didn't like it nearly as much as A Room with a View or Howards End. Will be curious to see what you think...

  9. The groaning mailbox - that's quite a slew of new books that you have, Jane! I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying your holidays.

    I saw A Passage to India, the tv version, long ago in the 80's when India was popular for a time. Do you remember The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott? I read the books and saw the tv series, which was really good. So I remember trying a Passage to India. I can't remember if I read it all, and I don't think I liked it that much. Not like I loved A Room With a View. I have two of Trollope's novels now, to begin reading him, and I have read most of the Campion mysteries many years ago. I really enjoyed his mysteries, they were quiet and thoughtful. I hope you enjoy them!