Maybe it's down to withdrawal symptoms due to not buying new books (any books actually), but I seem to have come home this past week with an especially large stack of library books. Most were requests for newly published titles, but a few were impulse choices or thanks to what other bloggers happen to be reading at the moment.
Cold Earth, Sarah Moss - A little dystopian fiction. Six archaeologists from the US, England and Scotland are working on a Viking settlement in Greenland. Their communications are cut with the outside world after an epidemic occurs. The story is told in a series of letters--each character writing a letter that will never be delivered home.
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, Natasha Solomons - There was a lot of discussion (favorable) about this book in an online book group I belong to. In the UK the title is Mr. Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman. The UK title seems more descriptive as it's about a German-Jewish man and his family who escape Berlin at the outset of WWII and try and assimilate in their new country. Only one thing is missing for Mr. Rosenblum--membership into a golf club, closed to someone with a name like Rosenblum. So he decides to build his own. This is called "tender and sweetly comic."
Griffen & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, Nick Bantock - I owned the first three of these books once upon a time, then sold them to a used bookstore regrettably. This is why I don't always like to weed my books. Now I have the burning desire to read the whole lot of them (I think there are six in total).
The Time of Terror, Seth Hunter - This is a complete impulse. It's a historical novel set during France's Reign of Terror. It also sounds like an adventure tale as the hero is a British navy commander.
Far Cry, John Harvey - I've mentioned this author before--I had one of his other mysteries in a previous library stack, but this story appeals to me more (and seems to have received very good reviews). It's the story of a child that goes missing, but the nightmare is relived when a second daughter goes missing years later.
The Ghosts of Belfast, Stuart Neville - I spotted this (published as The Twelve in the UK) at Reading Matters. I thought it might be interesting to read an author from Northern Ireland, a place I've visited and loved, though this sounds a little darker than what I experienced when I traveled there.
The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, Beverly Jensen - Sadly the author passed away before this book was published. It is a series of short stories set in New Brunswick in 1916. ""Beverly Jensen has fashioned a richly textured and vivid record of a bygone era, a classic American tale of resilience and the strength of family ties."
Almost Home, Pam Jenoff- This is a story of suspense set in Cambridge and London that reaches back to WWII.
This seems like an especially good stack this week, now the problem is which one to pick up first.
Above are the stack of books I was trying to take a photo of, and here is the wild cat (Dulce) who was trying to distract me. Or maybe it was the reverse, she was happily snoozing until I distracted her with the cord from my camera. We all have our hobbies!