Yesterday, while traversing the town in which I live (which I don’t do very often) my friend and I found a wonderful little café. Nestled amongst the sofas was a bookshelf where you could read, borrow or buy books; all donations went to charity, how can I turn down an opportunity like that!?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – I have read Wuthering Heights before, one Christmas day a couple of years ago. As one of my favourite books I couldn’t pass up the chance of having a physical copy of it.
Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur – I have a bit of a fascination with WW1 – especially after reading Parade’s End – so I picked this up without thinking about it. “In 1972 a team of academics and archivists from the Imperial War Museum set about the monumental task of tracing ordinary men and women who had lived through one of the most harrowing periods of modern history, The First World War. Veterans from Britain, Germany, America, Australia and Canada were interviewed in detail about their day-to-day experiences on and off the front.”
Aside from that I have been shopping at the great beast, Amazon. Not everyone’s favourite book buying location, but when you are limited on funds it’s the easiest place to go.
The Patrick Melrose series by Edward St Aubyn – I bought the first book, Never Mind, on my Kindle to see cheaply gage interest – I finished it in two days. Naturally I immediately had to buy the series and I’m fairly certain this will be up there in my favourites with Parade’s End by its completion. The novels – Never Mind, at least – have the same sort of writing style as my Lost Generation favourites. St Aubyn has a talent of being able to write a story where a great deal happens mentally; he is not reliant on a busy plot.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – at 99p I thought this was a bargain, however, I may be one of the few people who didn’t think much of it.
Kill Your Friends by John Niven – Purchased after my enjoyment of Straight White Male.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – I’ve read both Charlotte and Emily’s (most famous) work, I feel it only right that I read a book by Anne. Oh, and it’s free.
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë – As above.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – It was free and I do need to read all of Austen’s novels, not just Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I’ve been told it’s utter meta as well, so I want to read it for that.
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Free and referenced in Northanger Abbey.
Confessions of a Sociopath by M. E. Thomas – Out of curiosity – and from a rather interesting review – I decided to buy this book. It reminded me of reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, although I imagine the two will be decidedly different.