July has been a month of many a book, not only did I splurge at The Book People – I got an incredible amount of books for £30 – but I also bought a few extras with some birthday money.

The Book People

love collection

  • Barbara Comyns series: Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, Sisters by a River, and The Vet’s Daughter
  • Elizabeth Taylor series (not the actress): Angel, A View of the Harbour, and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
  • P. G. Woodhouse, the Blanding series
  • Collection of Penguin books on Love, raging from: Giovanni’s Room to Doomed Love by Virgil – with a little bit of Freud thrown in.

For some reason I assumed the Woodhouse would be about Bertie Wooster, alas I was mistaken. Does anyone have an opinion on the Blanding stories?

Other Acquisitions

cider with rosie

  • Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery – I LOVED this book, it will remain a lifetime favourite. I think I may be Valancy.
  • Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
  • Cold Comfort Farm by – I’ve already given up on this one, it’s not for me.
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt – I’ve read all her other two books, time to read this – not quite adored – second novel.

Lastly, my friend Calum got me this beautiful little book, it makes me happy just looking at it (and oddly relaxed).

if i were a book

What have you books have you acquired lately?

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@nomoreparades I’ve been in the pub where Lee wrote Cider With Rosie. Yet to actually read it though.


@nomoreparades I was stalking your book blog yesterday and that list of recommended books to read and I realised I have some, I just…


@nomoreparades …need to get onto it. ????

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Awwww, The Blue Castle. That remains probably my favorite single LM Montgomery book, although the Emily books collectively might nudge it out of first place. (But only by a hair.) I just reread it, and the scene where Valancy criticizes all her relatives at dinner remains exactly as delicious as it ever was.


That one, if I were a book looks so adorable and makes me relax looking at it too, so adorable (and I have no idea what it is about yet haha).

So many books! But sometimes you just have to do it. ;)


I am trying to resist the urge to buy the collection of Penguin books on love! I really want it, such good value for money, but I just can’t justify it as I will only be leaving them at home when I move abroad for a year! I am summoning up all of my will power!


Oh wow, that collection looks wonderful! Glad to hear you enjoyed The Blue Castle, I can’t remember – did you manage to get a paper copy? It’s the only one of hers I’ve read but if they’re anywhere as good, well, enough said ;)

And happy birthday! I missed your post before.