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Oh, the wishful thinking. I have been falling into that trap lately.

I wonder if the Reiss would not fit my Dutch lit month (in a sort of shameless attempt at self promotion)?


As a follow-up to the previous comment, I think the book must have been written in English? (I was confused because a Dutch site claimed her as a Dutch author, and so I thought the book might have been translated).


I'm planning on reading LOUISE'S WAR very soon. Have had it on my shelf for quite a while and also have the newly published sequel, LOUISE'S GAMBLE. My recent read, MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, has prompted my interest. But first, I'm watching Foyle's War again. :-)

My mystery group is reading WICKED AUTUMN for June and so I need to get that read too. Lovely about a sequel for that one.

AFTERWARDS is not a sequel to SISTER, the first book by Rosamund Lupton, at least I'm pretty sure. I want to read it too. Really enjoyed SISTER last year. Lovely stack of book, Danielle. Just lovely. LOL


I think you will be quite busy with all these fascinating choices!
I'm currently reading Barnaby Rudge to honor Dickens.
Took down an old copy from the shelf and found it impossibly small print so resorted to Kindle where at least I can read it.

Failed to finish the Patrick Melrose Novels --read 7/8ths of the 4 part volume and then decided I had had enough of the 'toxic confection'!
Also read William Nicholson's The Secret Intensity of Everyday life with its vivid evocation of contemporary -ish English life.......
sorry to bore you with all this!
Bookish people unite.


I read The Upstairs Room a couple of months ago, didn't know though Johanna Reiss had written a memoir. I will try to find more about that. I'm afraid the rest of your finds are new to me. I've only one library book at the moment: Joseph Roth's Radetsky March and am enjoying it so much that I have made a doubletime reservation till the end of May to be able to savour each word:)


Iris--Feel free to shamelessly self-promote! :) I've just taken a peek at your post and will have to try and squeeze in a book as it is in June--I'm trying to use May as a catch up month! I'd love to try and get in at least one book by a Dutch author and know I have several on my TBR pile. I don't think A Hidden Life was translated--she lives in NYC now, and it looks like she emigrated in the 1950s. I'm not sure if the YA novel was also written in English. Still--I'd like to read Reiss and can always look for other books in translation (no hardship there!).

Kay--I'll be curious to hear what you think as I have a feeling you are going to get to it before me! :) It sounds really good, though, and I'd like to read it, so we'll see how soon I get to it. I have been starting everything that sounds appealing and finishing not so many lately... I think Sister appeals just a little more than Lupton's newer book, though I've not yet read any reviews on it. And the Malliet just sounds like pure fun! I'd love to be in a mystery book club--I'm guessing yours is local?

Elizabeth--You don't bore me in the least! :) I love hearing about the books others are reading--that is part of why I like blogging and getting comments. A coworker is reading Great Expectations and is convincing me that I need to read it as well--I've read far too few novels by Dickens and I really should read one this year during his anniversary year. Interesting about the Patrick Melrose novels--I had the newest one out from the library only to discover it was one in a group of them about a particular character so I returned it and haven't had a chance to get the omnibus that was recently released. Now I might put it off a bit longer. However I loved the Nicholson book--love books like that and have his newer book as well. And yes, indeed, bookish people unite! :)

Catharina--Did you enjoy it? I may have to see if my library owns it and start there, as looking at this memoir it might be a little too intense for me at the moment. I've heard The Radetzky March is good--now I might have to break down and buy it. I was thinking it might be hard reading, but maybe it isn't?

Sam Sattler

I don't know if it's just me or it there are more interesting books so far this year than ever before, but I'm piling them up. I ask my library system to find them to hold them for me but nothing happens for three or four weeks and then...six or eight of them arrive at the same time even though none can be renewed because they have already been requested by other patrons. It's classic Catch 22 material.

Claire (The Captive Reader)

WICKED AUTUMN stands out for me and I don't even usually like mysteries. I do, however, adore dishy vicars.

Liz F

Ooh the new Adriana Trigiani - I'm really looking forward to that as I think it is a sort of prequel to her Valentine books which I absolutely adore. Actually I like most of her books although I did struggle with a couple of the Big Stone Gap books.

That is a fascinating pile of books that you have collected, Danielle and most of them are new to me although I have read a couple of Penny Vincenzi's earlier books and I have a copy of Sister on my shelf although I have yet to read it.

I like the sound of the Katherine Howe book so I will look out for it - even though my library pile will take some whittling down at the moment so I really shouldn't look for any more! I am reading as fast as I can and being ruthless as to abandoning those that don't grab me but I still feel in danger of being overwhelmed!


Wow, that's quite pile! And I thought my library pile was getting out of control, you've got me beat by a long way! It's lots of fun though. Enjoy your books!


Well, as usual your pile has added a few titles to my pile! But I must tell you that I just finished The House of
Velvet and Glass yesterday, and loved it! I read it in two days, couldn't put it down, to the annoyance of some in my family, and am still thinking about it. I think you will like it, too.


What a pile, so many wonderful titles.
I really like the tone of The House of Velevt and Glass. And need to look at those Penny Vincenzi novels.


I'm also of the "general greed" school of reading. I always have more books piled up than I can read, and I totally get why you end up with these luscious stacks. There's just something so rich and comforting about having all these marvelous things to choose from. My own stack is sort of small right now, but it includes Susanna Kearsley's Mariana, which I know I won't be able to renew at my library because of others waiting for it. I doubt I'll have any trouble being swept away by the story, however! Good luck with your stack--I hope you have plenty of time to indulge.


Stories like that of Johanna Reiss cannot be told enough I think and over the years I've read quite a few of them. That said sometimes one voice speaks more than another. In case of The Upstairs Room I had some difficulty connecting to that voice.
I'm 50 pages into The Radetzky March now. The story is still to unfold, but the prose is fabulous.


We should all get a stack out like that every week and keep the libraries in business. Well done on so successfully carrying out your civic duty! And I really enjoy Adriana Trigiani novels - only she always makes me cry at some point because she is so good at poignant and touching scenes.


Sam Sattler--That's exactly what happens to me, too! I rarely have a problem finding something interesting to request, but you're right that lately there has been a great run of interesting looking books!

Claire--I do dishy vicars, too! ;)

Liz--I'll have to go back and read the Valentine books when I finish this. I'm very much enjoying The Shoemaker's Wife--it made my gym visit fly by today, which is always a good thing! I love Penny Vincenzi--especially the series about the publishing family--did you read those? I could happily reread them. Prefer her more historical novels to the contemporary ones, but I like the sound of this one. I don't feel bad about abandoning library books either if they don't grab me--too many others waiting in line. And I'm thinking a little historical fiction sounds good at the moment, though I suppose that is what the Trigiani is and why I;m enjoying it so much.

Stefanie--I admit that the library pile has indeed gotten out of hand! I'll never get them all read, but it's fun picking and choosing.

Cathy--I was thinking that might be one that goes back unread, but now I think I'm going to have to pull it out of the pile and dip into it and see if it grabs me, too (most likely will as we have very similar reading tastes!). Thanks for the heads up. I love books that are that absorbing!

Caroline--I need to be better about writing titles down rather than requesting them all at once as they always seem to arrive at the same time! Still, library books are guilt free as I didn't have to buy them and don't have to find places for them on my bookshelves. It's a nice way to try something I wouldn't otherwise.

Kathy--Yes, that is exactly how it is! I did go a little crazy this month, but oh well. It's all the spring books coming out in readiness for summer reading! I really liked Mariana--hope you enjoy it too!

Catharina--I have gone in phases when I've read lots of survivor stories from the Holocaust and agree it is important to read those stories/memoirs so we don't forget, but I do need to be in the right mood. I may have to check out the Reiss at some point. And I will definitely be looking for The Radetzky March.

Litlove--I think I do my duty by the library and probably that of a few others as well! I like giving them my business, so to speak. The more the books circulate the better, otherwise they just get weeded. I'm a little afraid that this Trigiani is going to be a tear jerker, so I am preparing myself.


I read Wicked Autumn and liked it. I think you will enjoy it, too. But I also read Death of a Cozy Writer by Malliet and liked it even better. I found it to be much funnier. That book was also my first experience checking out an e-book from my library. Don't you just love the library!

If you are interested, I wrote about Malliet's books here:


Belle--That's good to know--I'll look out for his other books, too. Thanks for the links--I'll check them out. I've only tried one ebook from my library, which unfortunately only loans ebooks for two weeks rather than three, so I have been sticking with paper books instead--which can also be renewed if there is no one waiting for them!


My library only lends e-books for two weeks as well. And no thinking, "Oh well, I will just pay the fine." The book just disappears!

Puts the pressure on, doesn't it.


Belle--Yes, it does. I've only requested the one, which unsurprisingly I didn't finish in time and it got yanked from my Nook. I do have lots of books on my Nook, but I admit I still prefer my nice paper copies. I just can't quite make the switch, though I wish I used it more.


I don't think I have bought any books for my Nook. I love it for the fact that there are so many 'old' books that are available for free. I prefer the old books anyway. And the Nook can hold so many. One never knows when one will awaken at three in the morning and feel the urge to read the opening paragraphs of "Bleak House".

I have concluded that I will never stop buying books made of paper. I think of the Nook as an enhancement to my reading experience. I don't think I have to settle on just one system. I like having the choice and my bookshelves appreciate the slimness of an entire library of books on the Nook.

And by the way, I love your postcard project. I have collected postcards forever. A little bit of art to hold in my hand. I also use them for the reason they were intended - to keep in touch with friends. So simple and quick.


Belle--At first I only loaded freebies on my Nook, too, but admit to having been seduced by a few of the publishers who have brought out older out of print titles as ebooks. I've bought a few of those and a few others as well for the quickness of having the book right the moment I wanted to read it. I've not bought anything new, however. I just need to get back into reading on my Nook regularly. For a while I was taking it with me all the time, but lately it seems to be library books that I am focusing on--I go in phases. And there really are so many free books out there that you can easily read and read without having to actually buy anything at all. It is nice having so many handy all at once. And the postcard project has been hugely addictive. I am trying to slow down with it a bit actually. I think it is competing a little with my online time--I've gotten so far behind in reading blog posts I am worried I'll never catch up! :) But I will always be on the look out for cool postcards and do love sending them to friends (and getting them in the mail myself).


I heard about the Shoemaker's Wife, and was told it was a
must read --

i enjoy visiting your blog + get a peek into books I didn't even realize were out there!!!!


If I hadn't bought my Nook I never would have read "Dracula". It came already loaded. I found it so compelling...a mix of journal entries, letters, and newspaper accounts. Have you read it? It is a very thick paper book but on the Nook, well it hardly took up any room at all.

I am trying to read the books that I own but I still can't stay away from the library. I used to work in a bookstore and we could 'checkout' books if we wanted to. During those years I hardly ever crossed the threshold of a library.

Now, however, I am back in the fold, so to speak. My first job was as a page with the public library. I made 50 cents an hour which will tell you how long ago that was.

My mom was a retired public librarian although mostly she read catalogues and Publishers Weekly so the shelves would be stocked.

I am the real reader in the family. My father read the newspaper headlines and my brother will read a funny book with short chapters such as something by Dave Barry.

I got a postcard today from a friend in Los Angeles. It pictures the skyscrapers against a clear blue California sky. Someone must have airbrushed away the smog.


Belle--I think mine came with Deacula, too! I did read it a few years ago and just finished listening to it on audio as a matter of fact--it's a great story, don't you think? I love epistolary novels. And for chunky books ereaders are great--much easier to carry around! I also worked in a bookstore, which is where I started buying so many books--I think I probablu didn't use the library quite so much either, but now I work in a library and still use the public library, too. Two libraries are my fingertips--extremely dangerous! :) You come from a library family it sounds like! Mine worked for a few years in a public school library and would bring home books from there occasionally--that's where I "met" Dorrie--do you remember those books--by Patricia Coombs? I loved those. My parents read a lot but not so much anymore--but like you I am also the serious reader in my family--I think I make up for everyone else. And yay for postcards. That sounds like cool one. I am trying to collect one from each state--a map card and then something else. It is a fun project. It's always nice finding a little piece of art in your mailbox.


Lelia--I'm about 30 pages away from finishing the Trigiani and it is indeed a very addicting story once it really gets moving--a nice sweeping drama and perfect summer reading. It is long and during the middle part I did start waning a little, but then it started really moving and I haven't been able to put it down. I'll be sorry when I finish and leave Enza's world!


Looks a lot like the big stack I checked out some weeks ago from the library. I had reviews on book tours due and never got around to reading the library books. I hate that but feel less guilty when the books go back than when I buy them and don't get around to reading them.


Kathleen--And I have added to it since. Not sure which I'll manage to read. I am reading at least two library books at the moment and want to read several more but those due dates are quickly approaching! I sort of feel guilty--but only minimally so--I usually do at least dip into the books--sometimes I discover they just aren't for me--and better not to have put out any money for them without being sure I'll like them.

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