Friday, April 27, 2007

Come visit me at my main blog - since I can't seem to manage two blogs at once.
Hope to see you there!! Cheers

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Well, I did it again. Went nuts on Indigo/Chapters site. I
ordered five books that were on my wish list on that site,
and they arrived this week. That is, they arrived after a
side trip to a local school that the post office has decided is
where my book orders belong.

I had a delivery go to the school, which is not close to my
house at all, in December and a nice lady who works there
actually phoned me to let me know that they had my parcel
and was willing to arrange for DH to pick it up on his way
home from work instead of sending it back through the postal
service. She thought that it was possible that the package
might contain a Christmas order, which it did as it happens,
and didn't want to risk sending it back in the mail and have it
wander around for who knows how long and miss Christmas.
I was very grateful for her thoughtfulness.

This time I guess they figured that there was no rush, and so
sent the box back through the mail, after writing on it "Not for
Park School" and circling my address on the address sticker. I
checked the address on the sticker when I got the box and it's
correct, and my name is on it quite clearly. So I have no idea why
the things are going to the school. Ah well. At least I did get it

And I received...."Twilight" and "New Moon" by Stephanie Meyer. Listed as
young adult fiction but I don't care about that. It's a vampire/
young romance series which I found out about from reading Dani's
blog "The Peacock's Feather". She'd raved about these books and I
was intrigued by the description and couldn't wait to get them too.

I also got:Two fantasy novels. Katherine Kurtz's "Childe Morgan" which is a
Deryni novel. A very skinny Deryni novel I might add. Wasn't too
impressed when I pulled it out of the box and saw how thin it was.
. Ms Kurtz must be concentrating her efforts more on
renovating her castle in Ireland these days then on writing.
The other novel is by Cecilia Dart Thornton and is book two in her
newest series. She writes very interesting stories and I've enjoyed
them all so far.

And finally:As you can see from the books piled on the shelf behind my new
Margaret George book "Helen of Troy" I love her books. This is
her fifth book and it's nice and thick, which will make up for the
skimpiness of Katherine Kurtz's book. I know the story about Helen
from Greek mythology but I don't know how it translate into
historical fiction so this will be an interesting read.

Now, as everyone who knows me is well aware, my bookshelves
are fit to bursting with books. I've had to start piling them up on
other pieces of furniture because there is no room left on the
bookshelves themselves. Which is a pain in the neck when I get a
new book by an author I collect and I want to put it with it's
, but find there's no room. Well, I got to facing facts
and made a tough decision. I pulled out the books on my shelves
that I know I'll probably never read, most of which were bought on
sale to begin with, and I piled them in the middle of the library floor.
Then I did some rearranging to put my new purchases in their proper
places. This has given me some much needed room, for now. It is only
a temporary solution though. It won't be long before those spaces are
filled and I'll be back to square one again.

And what was DH's reaction when I told him that I was packing up
books to send to the used book store?

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

In response to Lelia's question regarding this doll which featured in the picture that I put in a previous post about the book "The Other Boleyn Girl" that I was reading....

This is a doll that I brought back with me from one of my trips to
England. I found her in a shop in Stratford, where I'd been staying.
She is meant to represent Catherine Howard, the 5th wife of
Henry VIII. She was a cousin of Anne Boleyn's, and just like her
cousin she had the misfortune of not pleasing her husband, and
loosing her head because of it.

The doll stands about 15 inches tall, and her head, hands and legs
are made of a sculpting clay or bisque like material. The artist who
made her is Brenda Price and the card attached to the doll has the
artist's signature and the date 1982 on it. Her gown is a purple
velvet, and she is trimmed out in lace and silver brocade. I
especially love her head dress, which is trimmed in little beads and

A friend of mine went to England about 11 years ago and she also
brought back a doll of this sort. But hers is a more finer piece. I don't
know who made her doll, but it is suppose to be Anne Boleyn, I think.

I remember standing in the store, looking at all the dolls by Brenda
Price that they had for sale, which included all of Henry's wives,
Henry and his daughter Elizabeth. I had a terrible time trying to
decide which one to bring home, when I really, really wanted to pack
them all up and bring them all home. So why did I chose this
Catherine? I don't honestly remember. I do remember the Henry
doll, hands on hips, legs spread wide apart, looking every inch the
tyrant. And Elizabeth, the regal Queen - Gloriana incarnate. Sigh.

I should add that each trip to England I also came home with a bag

full of books. I topped up my collection of Jean Plaidy books, which
I was wild for at that time. And I still have all my tour books, which
fills one of those big, plastic bins. I brought a porcelain doll home
from one trip too, and delicate pieces of glass ware. I don't know how
I managed it all really. And a ton of film. I took a picture with every
other step that I made.

Lelia, could you post pictures of your dolls, and tell me about them
too please?

Friday, January 12, 2007

I love historical fiction. And so I've read many, many books
about that lovable (!!?) olde rascal Henry VIII over the years.
and almost as many about Anne Boleyn, and his numerous
other wives. Well, here's a slight departure from the norm.
This book is about Anne's sister Mary, who was Henry's
mistress before he took up with Anne.

Philippa Gregory has been writing for a number of years and
I've got about five books of hers which are not historical fiction.
But now she's got a series going about the Tudor clan, and
spouses, which is getting excellent reviews. So I've started to
collect them.

I finished reading "The Thirteenth Tale" yesterday so started
the above book "The Other Boleyn Girl" today. So far, it's an
easy read and quite good.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I started reading "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield on Monday.
I am really, really enjoying this one. I'd had my eye on it for awhile after
it came out last year, and I read a few good reviews about it from other
bloggers. So when my godson Ian gave me a gift card from Coles for
Christmas I knew that this would be the book that I'd get.

The best way to describe this story is to say that it's a little bit gothic,
a little bit mystery and a small touch of Bronte-ness. It's a rich, colourful
read with an assortment of colourful and sometimes weird characters.

I'm going to use my new camera to take pictures of the books that I'm
reading, and posting them here. My crystal ball didn't turn out too well
in the above picture (too much flash I think) but it was the picture that
showed off the book cover the best.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Barbara Delinsky ~ For My Daughters ~ Fiction
Betty Smith ~ A Tree Grows In Brooklyn ~ Fiction
Sheridan Morley ~ The Authorized Biography of John Gielgud ~Biography
L.E. Modesitt Jr. ~ The Shadow Sorceress ~ Fantasy
Yann Martel ~ Life of Pi ~ Fiction
New Year - 2007 ****************
Laurell K Hamilton ~ MaryJanice Davidson ~ Eileen WIlks ~ Rebecca York
Cravings ~ Short Stories - Supernatural Romance

Catching up on my book reading list. As you can see I've started my
list for 2007. I can't believe that I've been keeping this list running
since the year 2000. It's fun going back and seeing what books I read
6 or 7 years ago.

Of the above listed books, the one that I enjoyed most is an old
favourite that I have read many, many times over since I was a teenager.
That would be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. What a
wonderful story. I originally read my mother's copy of the book, from
when she belonged to the Book of the Month Club back in the '50s.
When that copy disappeared during one of her cleaning purges I was
most upset. But then Book of the Month Club offered the book again
while I was a member back in the 90's, in hardcover and with the dust
cover art on the cover the same as on the old book from my Mom's time
with the club. I cherish this book, and I will most certainly be reading
it again, and again.

Yann Martel's book Life of Pi was very good too. Quite an interesting
premise. A teenage boy adrift in a lifeboat with an adult Bengal Tiger.
Quite a fascinating read. It got rave reviews when it first came out a few
years ago and it won some awards. I picked up my copy second hand at
a Humane Society book sale last summer. I'd been curious about it since
reading the reviews. I'm very glad that I read it.

I talked a bit about the book Cravings on my other blog, and also about
the John Gielgud biography. L.E. Modesitt Jr writes light fantasy which
provides entertainment, but I don't find myself getting emotionally
involved with his stories or his characters, as I do with say Jacqueline
Carey, or Diana Gabaldon's writing. But it's a series that I've been
following for 5 books now, so I keep at it. I enjoy Barbara Delinsky's books
although I've only been reading her for a few years, and mostly I pick up
her books on sale. Light reads as well but I do get more involved with her
characters, which I prefer.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ken Follett ~~~Whiteout~~~Fiction
Nora Roberts~~~Northern Lights~~~Fiction
Jan Karon~~~Light From Heaven~~~Fiction
Melanie Rawn~~~ Dragon Prince~~~Fantasy~~~Previously read
Melanie Rawn~~~The Star Scroll~~~Fantasy~~~Previously read
Melanie Rawn~~~Sun-Runner's Fire~~~Fantasy~~~Previously read
Sebastian Junger~~~A Death In Belmont~~~True Crime
Kathy Reichs~~~Cross Bones~~~Mystery/Thriller
Kim Harrison~~~Dead Witch Walking~~~Supernatural Fantasy
Lynn Flewelling~~~The Oracle's Queen~~~Fantasy~~~Book 3 in the series
Jacqueline Carey~~~Kushiel's Scion~~~Fantasy~~~1st in newest series. Yum!
Susan Vreeland~~~The Forest Lover~~~Fiction
Marcia Willett~~~A Week In Winter~~~Fiction
Diana Gabaldon~~~A Breath of Snow and Ashes~~~Fiction~~~Love Her
Maeve Binchy~~~Whitethorn Woods~~~Fiction~~~Lover her too!
Anne Tyler~~~The Amateur Marriage~~~Fiction
Jonathan Lethem~~~Motherless Brooklyn~~~Fiction
Elizabeth George~~~A Traitor to Memory~~~Mystery~~~Yep, Love her too!
Tanya Huff~~~Smoke and Mirrors~~~Supernatural Fantasy

Guess it's been awhile since I've add to my blog books read list.