Today was declared “Buy Indie Day” in support of independent bookstores—a wonderful excuse to spend more money on books. Today I bought at the wonderful Nicholas Hoare Bookstore on Front street in Toronto:
Mrs Woolf & the Servants, by Alison Light (about Virginia Woolf‘s relationship with her servants—delightful, and mildly research-related);
Homecoming, by the wonderful German writer Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader (which I just read);
Grimoires: a History of Magic Books, by Owen Davies—research for The Next Novel.
I also ordered The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo, who I’ve mentioned several times on this blog.
I’m also, now, the proud owner of a Toronto Public Library card, and brought home The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield,
I’ve so many good books to read, I hardly know which way to turn.
I’ll move The Thirteenth Tale to the top of the TBR pile, Aunt Stace. Thanks!
I don’t often write reviews (as in official, published and paid-to-write reviews), but when I do, it will most often be for a book that’s relevant to my writing in some way … so yes, historical fiction, often of my current period (17th century Europe), or relevant non-fiction. And I more or less have to be confident that I’m going to really like a book before agreeing to review it. I’m not interested in spending time reading a book I don’t like, much less writing a negative review about it.
The Thirteenth Tale is one of the best books I’ve read in the last 3 or 4 years! I’d love to hear what you think of it. Do you ever do reviews of books that aren’t historical fiction?
We’re staying just around the corner, Lilian — I’m going to be spending a lot of time there!
How wonderful! That is a great bookstore.