I miss buying new books. I mean I miss buying whatever books I feel like whenever I feel like it, but I am happy that my credit card bill is dwindling, so all things in moderation, right? I had an Amazon credit to spend, and these are the books I finally settled on and it was very nice indeed to get a box of books in the mail last week.
I am getting more and more fond of used books (or maybe just the price of them)--like the ones that cost about $1 plus shipping, which is what the Nin book on the bottom happens to be. I have a library copy of The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin the moment, but I expect it is going to take me some time to read it so decided to just buy a nice used copy instead.
I've never read Fay Weldon before, and perhaps I should start with some of her older work, but her newest appeals to me very much. Chalcot Crescent is a "futuristic satire, tragedy, and tongue-in-cheek memoir". It's set in 2013, so not very far into the future and is a what-if tale of what capitalism might just look like someday.
Thanks to Caroline for the heads up on Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest. Why had I not heard of this book before? "Effi Briest is a humane, unsentimental portrait of a young woman torn between her duties as a wife and mother and the instincts of her heart". She is compared to Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina, so it seems natural I should include Effi in my reading (though I will wait until I finish the other two books before starting this one...).
As the line at the library is still too long and I had to return Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I broke down and just bought the book (it helped that the book was more than half off when I ordered it, too). I've heard good things about it, so I am happy to have my own copy.
I'm sure I've mentioned how much I enjoy Kerry Greenwood's Phyrne Fisher mysteries here. I've been told her Corinna Chapman novels are equally as entertaining. Corinna is a baker who lives in Melbourne and gets mixed up in murder. The first book in the series is Earthly Delights--knowing what Phyrne is like, I'm looking forward to becoming acquainted with Corinna!
The joy of new books. Especially on a Monday.