31 December 2016

My November and December book haul, pt. 1

Here are the books I bought in the last week of November and the first three weeks of December. 
I've already posted the books I got for Christmas, but here are the rest - well, part of them anyway. I decided to break this up into two posts because there are so many books.

First photo:
  • Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is one I decided I wanted to read when I first heard of it, but then  never got round to doing it.  
  • The Love Child and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter both looked intriguing, for vastly different reasons.  
  • The Second Book of General Ignorance I got because I have the first and I'm a fan of QI.  
  • Seaworthy I got because I love Linda Greenlaw's writing, and  
  • The Complete Stories of Dorothy L. Sayers because I love her writing as well. 
Only Greenlaw's book is new. The rest are second hand, although some of them look like they have never been read.



Second photo:
The books in both photos below are all second hand, although I suspect at least a couple of them have never been read.   

  • Gönguleiðir á Íslandi is the first in a series of book describing interesting hiking routes in Iceland, and this one happens to cover the part of the country where I live. Since I am trying to get into better shape, and indeed must exercise daily in order to burn off some of the carbs my body can't metabolise properly because of my diabetes, so this book is going to get used when the summer arrives. Until then, I am planning to participate in a series of walks that will allow me to explore a beautiful nature area north of Reykjavík with a guide.
  • Lazarillo de Tormes and The Swindler contains translations of two Spanish picaresque novels that I started to read several years ago and then had to return to the library before I was able to finish them.
  • The guide book is self-explanatory.
  • Unfinished Tales is a welcome addition to my small collection of Tolkienana.
  • Green Grass, Running Water sees to be just the kind of magical tale I love to read, and  
  • The Tower promises to be a cracking thriller with supernatural elements.


Third photo:
  • My Family and Other Animals is one of my most reread books of all time. I decided it was time to get a new copy, since my old one is getting quite tatty.
  • The Consolations of Philosophy seems like a good introduction to the everyday uses of philosophy. 
  • Fimm fingra mandlan is a book of translated short stories by a Swedish author and seems like just my cup of tea.
  • The Snow Geese is a travelogue and those are like catnip to me.
  • I have hopes that The Big Little Book of Pilates will help me understand the Pilates system better and know what the hell I am doing the next time I decide to participate in a Pilates class.
  • At Home in Mitford seems like just the kind of book my mother would enjoy. Who knows, I might too...



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