Monday, March 2, 2015
New book joy
The past week or so has been very good for books (and bad for my TBR stacks).
First, I finally got to pick up my copy of the new Laurie R. King book, Dreaming Spies. While I was at Murder by the Book, I couldn't help checking for Helen MacInnes's books. They had a whole shelf of the lovely Titan Books editions, and I brought home I and My True Love.
Then at Half Price Books on Saturday I found half a shelf of Barbara Pym's novels. There were multiple copies of titles I already have, but I still found three to add to my collection: An Academic Question, A Few Green Leaves, and The Sweet Dove Died. As I mentioned elsewhere, I think I will end up collecting all of her books. Most of those I have now are lucky finds in used-book stores, though I've searched for a couple of specific titles on-line. At some point I will probably sit down with a list of those I don't have and start looking.
Today I finally got to a favorite Houston bookstore, Kaboom Books. I had hoped to go last Thursday, when I had half a day off from work, but they were unexpectedly closed when I got there. (I said bad words.) I made up for it today. I was pretty sure they had some of Margery Sharp's books, and I was right: Cluny Brown, which went straight up my reading list after Simon's review; and The Sun in Scorpio (about which I know nothing). They also had a 1909 edition of Some Experiences of an Irish R.M., illustrated by E.O. Somerville. I've resisted it for two years; today it came home with me. But the real find was Miss Miles, by Mary Taylor. The close friend of Charlotte Bronte, and a feminist author, Mary Taylor wrote just one novel, this 1890 story that "depicts women's friendships as sustaining life and sanity through all the vicissitudes of Victorian womanhood." I almost bought a copy at another store a year or so ago. I put it back on the shelf and have regretted it ever since. I didn't note down the title or author, so I had no idea how to find it again. And today, there it was, sitting on a shelf - even angled forward, to catch my eye. Book serendipity!
Though I have disqualified myself from the TBR Dare by re-reading, I'm still keeping to the spirit of the Dare by not reading the new books I'm acquiring. So these will have to wait until April 1st - except for the Laurie King.