Thanks to the wonderful 4th Estate Books I recently became the proud owner of a bundle of literary delights. I won the WOM4N* competition on the Harper Collins website, which was incredibly exciting. I received a collection of non fiction, novels and short stories by talented female writers.
- Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes
- Bringing Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel
- The Bees, Laurie Paul
- Thirty Girls, Susan Minot
- American Innovations, Rivka Galchen
- Snow In May, Kseniya Melnik
- A Bit of Difference, Sefi Atta
- The Female Eunuch, Germain Greer
- We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A Modern Way To Eat, Anna Jones
- The Means of Escape, Penelope Fitzgerald
It’s a wonderful collection, mostly made up of books I don’t think I would have picked up on my own – I’m so excited to read them.
Harper Collins hold competitions fairly regularly if you are interested in entering.
Along with all the books I bought this month, I realised my to-read pile was getting rather out of hand. As I perused my shelves last week little did I realise ‘rather out of hand’ was merely the tip of the iceberg.
I cleaned at the weekend, a deep clean where everything moved then returned. A pile of books had become so high I was worried it would collapse on me as I slept. I took every unread book from my shelves and put them aside. I think I had almost as much unread as I did read….. Even after clearing out all the books I knew I wouldn’t read and piled up some for a friend there were still loads.
So I’ve decided, I cannot buy any more books before the new year.
The thought brings me out in a rash, but I have many wonderful books sitting on my shelves and they need reading – I want to read them.
Wish me luck.
Have you ever had to ban yourself from buying books?
* Having read Alice’s blog, Girl, 20, I’ve realised I cited the name incorrectly. WOM4N month ran throughout October.