I always seem to have a bounty of good books at hand, don't I? And for that I consider myself very lucky indeed! After my day-long reading extravaganza of a couple of days ago, I'm a little worn out (why do long weekends wear me out?), so something simple today is just what I need.
I've not shared any recent library finds of late, and I am always finding good books at my library, so here's a sampling of the more tempting titles.
The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb has a blurb on the back that makes me want to crack the book open and begin reading right now: "If Sarah Waters and Stephen King had a love child, it would be Wendy Webb!". Now that intrigues me. I adore Sarah Waters and Stephen King is one of the (maybe even the only) writers of horror that I would consider reading. This is also written in the Gothic tradition of Rebecca. It's a story with an old house, a packet of love letters, a lost manuscript and a decades-old mystery. Another possible RIP read?
A new collection of novellas by Joyce Carol Oates called The Evil Eye most certainly falls into that category. They are stories of "love gone wrong" (which has JCO's style written all over them!). I think I need to try at least one of the novellas--they all seem pretty brief--between 50-60 pages.
I came across Gita May's biography of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (subtitled The Odyssey of an Artist in an Age of Revolution) purely by accident. I think I was looking for something else and this was in the result list. It looked so good that I requested it instead. She was an 18th century portrait painter and I will definitely be reading (at least am planning on reading) this one.
It's been years ago now, but I have read and enjoyed Andrea Barrett. Her newest, Archangel is a collection of short stories that blend fiction with fact. They (like her other books) explore the field of scientific exploration and discovery. Most of the stories are set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Another one I really want to read.
Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat tempted me with Anne River Siddons's The House Next Door, another haunted house story (more RIP reading), but this one with a different spin as the house she writes about is newly constructed.
And a "just because it sounded good" older book by Jennifer Vanderbes called Easter Island, which is one of those books with parallel stories, both set on the enigmatic Easter Island but sixty years apart. In this case during WWI and a more contemporary setting.
So many good books to explore and as always the question is where to start. I had wanted to do a little "dipping into" in these books during my mini-readathon, but I ran out of time. Something to look forward to this weekend, right?