Recent Acquisitions


I spent a recent rainy Saturday morning perusing shelves, boxes, and bins at the public library’s used book sale and, in my opinion, walked away with several under-priced gems to read on the next rainy Saturday. I managed to snag all of the books photographed above save one for under ten dollars thanks to coupon I found hidden amongst adds for dry cleaners and discount oil changes.

Long time readers of this blog will recognize that I have previously read and reviewed three of the titles photographed — A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds. I am guilty of wanting personal copies of books I have greatly enjoyed and thus is the case with the novels by Martin and Larsson. Reynolds’ books have been retitled as they have been republished and, in this case, I was not careful to double check before requesting the book off PaperBackSwap.

The other titles are ones I know I have not read, and I’ve listed them out below in alphabetical order. I was particularly excited to find two books by Alison Weir — her biographies are the gold standard, in my humble opinion — and I look forward to seeing how she handles historical fiction.

  • 22 Britannia Road (Amanda Hodgkinson)
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (V.S. Naipaul)
  • Innocent Traitor (Alison Weir)
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife (Amy Tan)
  • The Lady in the Tower (Alison Weir)
  • Necessary Errors (Caleb Crain)
  • A Poisoned Season (Tasha Alexander)
  • The Sandcastle Girls (Chris Bohjalian)
  • A Secret Kept (Tatiana de Rosnay)

Not photographed are the two books I ordered from Persephone Books last week. I could not avoid the advertised discount on a newly released Persephone Classic, The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and added a memoir about apartheid South Africa entitled The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein to my order since it is not available at my local library. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of my first order from Persephone; they should arrive in the post any day now.


  1. I keep going back and forth on Game of Thrones. Part of me is curious but series can be such a time commitment! I also have Kitchen God’s Wife on my shelf…unread of course.


    • Yeah, it’s a huge time commitment. The last two books are the only ones I read in November 2013 because they are just soooo long.

      Unread, you say? Maybe this one should be a readalong. *hint, hint*


    • Same here. And having a print copy makes me remember to recommend it to people when they are browsing my shelves. Otherwise, audiobooks sit on my computer out of sight, out of mind.


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