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Looks like you have some great books to read. I am really interested to hear what you think about "His Illegal Self" - I have read some early Peter Carey (mostly because I was made to at university!) and although I found them hard going at times I did end up enjoying them. I did have His Ilegal Self on my to read list but it seems to keep slipping further and further towards the bottom of the pile.


I'm about to go to the library to pick up my holds too! I think I have four. Anyway, I haven't read any Peter Carey either but his books always sound interesting to me. I did try one of the Barron books and had a hard time getting into the story. I don't know if that's because I read it out of order and I'm picky about that. I will be checking out this one instead though. And, isn't that cover for the Civil & Strange book beautiful!


National Library Week? Well I must celebrate! Hmmm... I only have 2 books to exchange for new ones, one of them is due Wed so I just might have to pick up 2 new reads. I haven't read any Carey yet either, though I know a few of his books show up on the 1001 list. I liked the sound of his new one might have to hunt down a copy eventually.


It does look like you've got some really good books waiting to be read. The only one I've read is Olive Kitteridge. I really enjoyed it. Olive is not what you could call a nice person, but she is a real person. She feels things deeply, but doesn't always express her feelings well. I'll be anxious to see what you think about this one.

Dorothy W.

I haven't heard of any of these. The Victorian mystery sounds really good. Mysteries featuring Jane Austen? Hmmm ... I do wonder what those are like.


Nice library books. A very appropriate way to celebrate the week. I haven't read Peter Carey either and feel as though I should too.


You do have lots of great reading ahead! I just love the cover of Civil and Strange - so eyecatching.


I've read the first 3 Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron. They're wonderfully well written, it's incredible, she creates Regency world right there for us to enjoy. The plots are realistic and she clearly knows a lot about Jane's life, it's really great for that - there are constant references to biographical facts and in between, a mystery. It's really really good, I'm completely hooked. Don't expect any humour, though, those are mysteries not sequels, but they're excellent ( and I don't usually like mysteries ).


Lovely books, Danielle! My favourite Peter Carey is Oscar and Lucinda (which won the Booker) and, alas, I haven't enjoyed his others anywhere near as much. But lots of people love them, so it is just me. And this new one might well be wonderful.


Peter Carey is great but as with McEwan there's a bit of self-indulgence creeping into his writing recently. I recommend 'The True History of the Kelly Gang' and 'Jack Maggs' if you come away with mixed impressions of this one.

Catherine Delors

Hi Danielle,

Thank you so much for mentioning "Mistress of the Revolution."

The love story is the backbone of the book, and the historical detail... Well, you read it and tell me what you think!


I haven't read Peter Carey. Never even thought about it, in fact. Of course, I'm also the woman just getting around to Ian McEwan. *sigh*


Karen--I have several of his books in my piles, but just never seem to get around to them. They look like they are on the challenging side, which is probably why I keep putting them off.
Iliana--I don't like reading mysteries out of order either, I always feel like I am missing something! Isn't that cover gorgeous? So nice and colorful!
Ashleigh--How many books can you check out at once? I can have something like 40 out at once, but I try and keep it well below ten! I really need to take a closer look at that 1001 list--there are so many titles, it's hard to take them all in.
Lisa--You posted on this book, didn't you? I read someone's review, which is what made me add it to my list. It sounds very good (and she does sound like Hagar Shipley!).
Dorothy--Victorian mysteries are always great fun. I should read more Wilkie Collins--you can't get much more authentic as that. I wasn't sure how those Jane Austen mysteries would be, but I might have to give one a try.
Stefanie--Is your library doing anything special? Not that I don't check out a stack of books every week...
Tara--Hopefully the contents will be as good as the cover!
Sibylle--I will give the first one a try. I wasn't sure what they would be like, but as long as I have another reader's thumbs up (so to speak), I'm willing to give them a try. I'm glad they aren't spin offs of her stories, but just more period pieces!
Litlove--I do have Oscar and Lucinda, so I will likely start there (but I might try and read this new one as well). He does sound like an unusual writer--his Kelly Gang novel especially sounds very challenging!
Jodie--Isn't Jack Maggs a character from Great Expectations? I really need to read more Dickens. And I really do need to try Peter Carey! It sounds like he garners strong-ish opinions from readers, which is always inrteresting!
Catherine--I've decided to start with Mistress of the Revolution! It sounds exactly like what I'm in the mood for. I've only read the first chapter, but my attention has already been captured, so I am looking forward to reading more and will definitely post on it when I've finished. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts on your blog as well to learn more about the culture. Thanks for stopping by!
Andi--I have lots of those sorts of books. And I need to read more McEwan, too (I've only read two and he has lots I think). So many authors...


I read Peter Carey's Theft. It gave a great insight on the art world.


Yeah, I did do a review of Olive Kitteridge. I received it as part of the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing.


We can only have 12 books here, but at home I can have up to 30.


Isabel--I had planned on reading that for a book group, but when I went to look for it on the library's shelves it was missing. By the time it had been reordered the mood had passed, but now that it's in paper, I'll have to look for a copy.
Lisa--Okay, I did read your review then. LT offers some really good books for review. I skipped a few months, and I think I missed out on some good books, but there is always the library!
Ashleigh--In theory 12 sounds like a reasonable number, but I know if they said I could only have 12 I'd find 14 that I wanted! We can take ours out for three weeks. It used to be four, and then they changed it not too long ago. Three weeks is not long enough (well, not when I have my own books that I'm trying to read too...).

Margaret Powling

I'm a little late commenting on this post, but I wonder has anyone else noticed that the cover of Flaw in the Blood (Stephanie Barron) features the same painting that is on the cover of the excellent novel by Katharine McMahon, The Rose of Sebastopol?
And if you have not yet read The Rose of Sebastopol, I should very much like to recommend this; it is an excellent historical novel, as are Katharine's previous books.

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