November 30, 2009

Holiday Books - Belated!

I have been very slack in sharing with you the books I picked up while we were travelling in September. So, not including Her Fearful Symmetry and Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day which I have already blogged about, from the bottom of the pile to the top these are the books I bought while away:
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte - Syrie James, I really enjoyed her first book - The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen so I thought I would give this one a go (I have to admit that I have started it already but just couldn't get into it at this stage unfortunately).
Good Evening Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes - my other Persephone selection - I could have come home with so many more of these!
The Brontes Went To Woolworths - Rachel Ferguson, I just love this title and I have heard so many of you say great things about this one.
Dubliners - James Joyce, I have not read any of Joyce before but I heard a lot about him when we were in Ireland so I really wanted to give one of his books a go.
Chic Shopping Paris - Rebecca Perry Magniant, Just too cute to leave on the shelf really!


Serena said...

wow, you did get some great books. Thanks for sharing them.

Jodie said...

Aww look at your pretty book pile, aren't the Bloomsbury books (Brontes went to Woolworths) just a beautifully designed series.

Nadia said...

Wow! What a great selection of books! Can't wait to read what you thought of them, especially the Rachel Ferguson one. Cheers!

Syrie James said...

Hi Karen!

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my first novel, "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen," and that you have "The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte" on your reading stack. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it, for it is truly a work of my heart!

Are you or are any of your friends in a book group? "Charlotte" was selected as a Great Group Read of 2009 by the Women's Nat'l Book Association. I am delighted because I believe it is a story that will inspire many interesting discussions.

My next novel (very exciting and romantic--coming out in 2010) is "Dracula, My Love"! For more info, please visit my website ( and do leave me a message!

All best,
Syrie James

JoAnn said...

What a lovely stack - enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I'll be interestede to hear what you make of The Brontes went to Woolworths- the first page convinced me to buy it but I still haven't read it yet. Can't wait though!

claire said...

Karen, that last book looks absolutely gorgeous! Haven't heard of the author before though.

I'm also interested to hear what you have to say about the Rachel Ferguson.

Andi said...

I received the Bronte book in a giveaway package a while back, and while I haven't gotten around to it, I have high hopes. I hope you can get into it soon! Would love to know your thoughts.

Karen said...

Hi Serena - I just have to read them all now!

Hi Jodie - They are gorgeous - I am such a sucker for beautiful books.

Hi Nadia - It sounds like a lot of people are keen on the Rachel Ferguson one. I will have to try and get to it soon.

Hi Syrie James - thank you so much for commenting on my blog.

Hi JoAnn - thanks!

Hi adevotedreader - I'm a bit the same - I'm not sure why I haven't actually read it as yet but I am sure I will soon.

Hi Claire - I hadn't heard of her either - I just thought the book was so beautiful - it made me happy just looking at it!

Hi Andi - I hope to get to it soon!

Bloomsbury Bell said...

a great stack of books - The Brontes Went to Woolworths has been on my pile for ages - I must read it!

Danielle said...

Lovely books! I really liked Mollie Panter-Downes's stories! And I have Her Fearful Symmetry started. I'm waiting for a library copy of the Syrie James book, too. Aren't those Bloomsbury books nice!

Karen said...

Hi Bloomsbury Bell - you might get to it before I do! Looking forward to hearing what you think about it.

Hi Danielle - really looking forward to hearing what you think about Her Fearful Symmetry.

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