Thursday, November 07, 2013

A Bundle o' New Books

I've cleaned some books out recently, and so felt justified in bringing some new ones into the fold.

Here's some of my latest acquisitions.

Ragtime and March, both by E.L. Doctorow - I don't know why I've never read anything by Doctorow, as it seems like he writes the kind of stuff I like to read.  I hope to rectify that soon and so got two of his novels.  Ragtime is the definitive Doctorow, I believe, but March has the Civil War connection, so it also caught my interest.

The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton - I love the premise of this novel and have read enough good reviews that I'm willing to give it a try.

Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte - I really want to read The Lady and the Luddite, by internet friend Linden Salter, and I wanted to read the book that inspired it.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister - I gave this as a Christmas last year and my sister-in-law enjoyed it and lent it to me to read.

Dear Life, by Alice Munro -winner of the Man Booker prize, and I love short stories anyway.

Vivaldi's Virgins, by Barbara Quick - I love reading about Venice, and there seem to be several books about Vivaldi and his girls, and this had the best reviews.  Here's what Amazon had to say about it:

Abandoned as an infant, fourteen-year-old Anna Maria dal Violin is one of the elite musicians living in the foundling home where the "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, is maestro and composer. Fiercely determined to find out where she came from, Anna Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery that carries her into a wondrous and haunting world of music and spectacle, bringing eighteenth-century Venice magically to life.

So many little time!


  1. Looks like you have a great bunch of books there!

    I really want to read E. L. Doctorow myself but I also have not gotten to him.

  2. Like a true booklover, you immediately replenish! Enjoy your new books!

  3. I love bringing new books home - the anticipation of all those wonderful stories! Enjoy!

  4. Fun! A day with new books in it is always a good day. I've been trying to be good so I haven't purchased any new books in months...and I'm going through withdrawal. Good thing Christmas is just around the corner. I hope you enjoy your new books!

  5. Great haul! I listened to both The Forgotten Garden and The School of Essential Ingredients and thought they were wonderful. Ragtime disappointed me when I read for book club a couple of years ago. I expected to love it, but couldn't muster more than an "it was okay" reaction.

  6. Great choices! I liked March a lot but it's Ragtime that is my favorite Doctorow. In fact, it's one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend the movie adaptation as well.

  7. I do love kate Morton's writing and have a few of her books that I still need to get to --her more recent ones. Enjoy all of the new books Jane/