So we over halfway through June, and I’m only now getting around to posting my May haul. Whoops.
In all seriousness, I know I haven’t been posting quite as often lately. I do still care about this blog and keeping it updated, but I’ve been trying to devote more time to my creative writing, which has resulted in me having less time to thinking up and writing a new post each week. All being well I’ll still be posting a few times each month, but if I’m less active than I used to be, that’s why.
But anyway, this is a book haul, so what have I hauled? For starters, I’ve gained a few books through work, including another slim volume from Penguin’s 70th anniversary collection, a trio of stories by John Updike, which I picked up from the office’s free-to-take bookshelf. I now own three of these “Pocket Penguins“, and have realised that their spines create a rainbow when displayed together (a little like the Penguin Modern Poets series), so naturally, I now want to collect them all. Given that they are all out of print, it’ll be a challenge, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the shelves at work and in charity shops from now on.
On those same bookshelves, I stumbled across Smoke and Ashes, the third book in Abir Mukherjee’s historical crime series about Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath “Surrender-not” Bannerjee. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, A Rising Man (review here), and had included the second, A Necessary Evil, in my most recent anticipated reads. I immediately bought A Necessary Evil so that I could read both books in quick succession.
Away from work, some friends and I took a day trip to Paris at the start of May, which included a visit (pilgrimage?) to the legendary Shakespeare and Company, where I picked up a copy of Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, the debut publication by Little, Brown imprint Dialogue Books. My pre-ordered copy of Clare Fisher’s short story collection How The Light Gets In then arrived in the post from Influx Press. Finally, I was over the moon to win a proof copy of Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, which isn’t published until August. Following the life of a talented young slave who becomes an assistant to his owner’s brother, a scientist who wants to build a lighter-than-aircraft, it’s a book that I had been wanting to read ever since I spotted it advertised in the Serpent’s Tail catalogue months ago.
New additions to The Bookshelf:
Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
How The Light Gets In – Clare Fisher (review)
The Leavers – Lisa Ko
A Necessary Evil* – Abir Mukherjee
Smoke and Ashes* – Abir Mukherjee
Three Trips* – John Updike (out of print)