In other bookish news, there's a new bookshop in town. Froogal sells remainders so my husband and I grabbed the opportunity to stock the bookcase with a few contemporary titles. Their 'Buy Two, Get One Free' deal as an opening special made supporting the new shop very easy.
Raise your hand if you've obsessed about a book that you already know will be tucked on a shelf and read...oh, in a year, or three...but bought anyway.
A London Year is that book. The tiny *cough* bit of book hoarder in me is very happy now that it's mine. There are so many ways to enjoy this book, such as dipping in and out, but my preference is to binge on it as a whole. The kettle is on...I could easily be swayed to dig in right now!
A cover that screams R.I.P. X, don't you think? It wouldn't be October without a spooky Gothic read and judging by the number of people pondering their own choices for this read-along, many readers feel the same way. The Asylum is by John Harwood.
Books like this simply don't cross your path that often. Keep Smiling Through covers aspects of the Home Front through photographs, advertisements, comics, posters, and art. It's also full of anecdotal tidbits and names I'm familiar with...
"...and it was not until 26 March 1945 that the last V2 fell (as apocalyptically as any) on the Whitfield Tabernacle in Tottenham Court Road. 'No bombs, ain't it lovely?' Vere Hodgson wrote in her diary a few days later."
Vere Hodgson's wartime diary Few Eggs and No Oranges is a favourite and highly recommended if you're interested in that era.
So a mixed-bag of offerings but that's what's new on the shelf. Have you chosen your R.I.P. X title yet?