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sakura

I loved Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie! I have the 3rd book on my tbr and can't wait to get stuck in. I also have Emma Darwin's The Mathematics of Love which I haven't read yet but have heard good things about. A nice mixed haul:)

Dorothy W.

I need to get over my dislike of titles like The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, because those books can be quite good! I think I just don't like food titles. I'm listening to The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake right now, and I hate that title. Sadly, I'm not loving the book either. I did like the Guernsey Potato Peel Society book, though.

Annie

The Emma Darwin is more to do with the mother and uncle of the princes than the boys themselves and I enjoyed it the more for that. It covers parts of the story that are less well known and fills in some gaps. She's a writer I want to read more of.

litlove

I really enjoyed A Secret Alchemy. And you must read Patricia Wentworth - I really adored those books in my teens and I still read them now for comfort. At first Miss Silver does seem a bit like Miss Marple, but after a while, she exerts her own sterling qualities! What a great haul - I'd love to read that Katherine Anne Porter volume, too.

Eva

I've been meaning to read Katherine Anne Porter for a couple years now! lol I'm awful at read-a-longs, but I'd be happy to push you!

Danielle

Sakura--I've wanted to read the Bradley books since I first heard about them--they seem very unusual and fun. I've heard many good things about Emma Darwin, too.
Dorothy--That's sort of funny about your dislike of food titles. They are sort of odd--is there a sadness about lemon cake? I guess I would find out if I read the book. I wonder if they are meant to be eye catching? Too bad it's not quite clicking with you. The last food titled book I read was The Pumpkin Eater, which I still am not sure what it had to do with the book, but it was a good book.
Annie--That's good to know. I used to love historical novels about the kings and queens of England (or other places), but for a while now I've not had as much of an inclination to read those sorts of books. However I've heard so many good things about the author I'm willing to try any of her books.
Litlove--I think it must have been your post that made me write the title down, which is why I just bought the Secret Alchemy without really reading the blurb. I think I'd like Miss Silver and I do love cozy mysteries from that period, so I was happy to add to my collection. I think I must read Katherine Anne Porter this year!
Eva--I'm not always so good at them either. They always sound appealing and I pull out the book ready to read, but then I get distracted by something else. But sometimes they are very good (if I am really into the topic of the book) at getting me to stick with a book and read it quickly. I may just need that virtual push though! :)

Rohan Maitzen

I didn't like Chesil Beach either, and I was really disappointed since I am a big admirer of Atonement and (more controversially, I guess) of Saturday.

Kay

WAR AND REMEMBRANCE is indeed a sequel and I guess you could read it alone, but you'd get a lot more out of it by reading THE WINDS OF WAR first. It is a chunkster too. I love those books and have been meaning to reread them for years. There was a TV miniseries based on them as well.

pam

I second the comment that you should read THE WINDS OF WAR first. If you enjoy historical fiction you will love these. You've mentioned a few books I'm not familiar with. I feel another trip to the library coming on!

Stefanie

I think part 2's pile is taller than part 1's! Or maybe it's just the angle of the camera :) A nice selection. I think there is something about buying books that makes me want to buy more books.

Caroline

There are quite a few that are on one or the other of my piles as well. On Chesil Beach and some Maigret's, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This is one of the rare Angela Carter novels I haven't read yet. I used to love her. But you are right, you need to be in the right frame of mind for her. I always loved her choice of words. She has a very varied vocabulary.

Tiina

I loved the TV series made of Wouk's novels & have also read the books. I actually remember buying the one or the other of the novels at Oslo airport years ago. I was studying in Norway, a Finnish friend of mine had been visiting me and I had just seen her off to the airport. I saw the Wouk novel in a shop at the airport on my way out and just had to buy it. :)

Enjoy your new (old) books!

Kathy

I love Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver mysteries--I think you will, too. I haven't read the one you purchased, and they are hard to come by in my area, so congratulations! I've also heard good things about The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and have it on my TBR list. I'll look forward to hearing what you have to say about it when and if you get around to reading it.

Enjoy your weekend! It's been a long week for a lot of us.

catharina

I agree with the suggestions to read The Winds of War first and - if you have a chance- see the television series. You mentioning the book makes me want both to reread and resee:). And I'm afraid I also wasn't very much impressed by On Chesil Beach.

Danielle

Rohan--I loved Atonement and would very much like to read it again. I loaned my lovely hardcover copy (that I ordered from the UK!) to someone and never got it back. Hate to say I am Still bitter about it! I'd like to read Saturday, too, but have heard mostly unfavorable things about it--I'm glad you liked it as that gives me hope!
Kay--I vaguely remember the miniseries. I've looked at these books many times at the bookstore but never bought them. Now that I have the second book I will have to finally break down and buy the first one.
Pam--I do love historical fiction and am particularly interested in this era. I tend to read mostly from the British perspective, so I'm happy to read a book (or well, books) that will give a more American perspective of it all. Enjoy looking for some of these at your library.
Stefanie--It's like eating potato chips. I can't ever eat just one. And I was lazy and was sitting in a chair when I took the photo. It does have quite a view from above feel to it. I think the stacks were about the same size, but that Wouk book makes it look so much bigger.
Caroline--I've only read a book of Angela Carter's short stories. I keep collecting her books and am someday going to read them! :) The same for the rest, too, I hope.
Tiina--Isn't it funny how some books remind us of certain times and places? It's kind of cool when that happens. It would certainly make a good traveling book--lots of hours of reading in that (and the first book, too, I'm sure).
Kathy--I have lots to squeeze in this weekend, so here I am working away late at night. But tomorrow I can sleep in late. And I have a couple of Miss Silver's other books that I ordered ages ago, so this one will be added to them. I can't wait to try her--I'm generally a fan of cozy mysteries and I expect this one to be no different. The Bradley looks like good, fun, too.
Catharina--I have an excuse to buy another book now! I will see if Netflix has the movie adaptations, though, I like to read books first before seeing the movie. I've read and enjoyed other books by Ian McEwan, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. Maybe a second time will be better.

The Wolf

I ended up adding The Lifted Veil to my wishlist as a result of seeing it mentioned here. Definitely not what I think of when I hear Eliot's name.

Liz F

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is really very good but quirky.
I have The Secret Alchemy, unread, on my shelf but I really loved Emma Darwin's first book so if it is anything like the same quality it will be brilliant.
I did read both The Winds of War and War and Remembrance years ago and adored both of them. They are huge books but once you get started they are very hard to put down and very easy to get completely lost in!
If you can find The Winds of War, I would recommend reading it first as the story does follow on.
I remember enjoying the TV series - I seem to recall Robert Mitchum was in it as was my Alias Smith & Jones crush Ben Murphy - what did happen to him?

Danielle

The Wolf--It doesn't sound at all like Eliot, does it? But I like the sound of it nonetheless! I think I'll save it for fall--somehow it seems like a cool weather read!
Liz--I had to look up Ben Murphy as I am unfamiliar with that name. He's still around and doing lot of TV it seems. I do want to read the first Wouk book, but I couldn't pass up such a cheap copy of the sequel--you know how that goes...I sort of like quirky, so I bet I'll like the Bradley book. I'd heard good things about Emma Darwin--with some authors they are such good writers that it doesn't matter what topic they write about--am hoping that's the case w/Emma D.

Liz F

I'm guessing that the Alias Smith & Jones TV series was a bit before your time, Danielle! It was on, in the UK at least, in the early 70's - a sort of western equivalent of Starsky & Hutch I suppose!
My friends and I were divided into Smith and Jones fans depending on whether they preferred the dark haired Pete Duel, who sadly died quite young, or the blond curly haired Jones played by Ben Murphy!

iliana

You got some great books! I think the Flavia mysteries are on the third book aren't they? That one has been on my radar since it came out but you know how it goes :)

Danielle

Liz--Alias Smith & Jones does sound familiar, but I might have been a tad bit too young to have watched it. I do remember Starsky & Hutch, though. Really awful, but I watched it! That's funny about choosing a fave--I would have gone for Starsky--I do like dark, handsome men (but those clothes!). :)
Iliana--I think the Flavia books are well into the series now! I seem to be coming late to lots of books it seems. I do know how it goes. I think I checked out the first one when it came out and the book went back to the library unread!

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