This post will be a bit boring if you don't like books!
I have 25 books reserved at the library ........the maximum allowed. Out of those there are 6 already waiting for me and more 'in transit' will be there for when the van's next round on the 1st July.
The problem is the 1st July is a week away and I got to the end of the June books last week - a bit too quickly because 4 are going back unread including the two British Library Crime Classics on the right which I just couldn't get into to enjoy.
Also unread is the Magpie Murders - I believe this is the second go at his books without actually finishing. I'd borrowed The Garden Farmer by Francine Raymond before so just a quick flip through reminded me there was nothing really relevant to the garden here. Even the book by Alys Clare on the top of the pile didn't appeal. It's the second in a new series. I know I read the first but just couldn't be bothered with this one - the plot was too guessable.
The books I've finished are.............
Alys Clare - The Lammas Wild. Crime Fiction.(Published 2021) I
raced through this as it has been a very good series of mystery, magic
and crime and this is the last one.
Josie George - A Still Life.
Non Fiction (Published 2021) This is a memoir about her life with an
unexplained painful illness that sometimes reduces her to having to rest
for days on end. She writes about her small world between her home, her
son's school, her friend's home and the community centre. It is
beautifully written, noticing all the small things and finding joy in
life as it is for her.
Stuart Pawson - The Judas Sheep.
Crime Fiction (Published 1996) I read a couple by this author many years
ago .They now seem very dated
Jacqueline Winspear - The Consequences of Fear. Crime
Fiction(Published 2021). London 1941, bombs are still falling and 12 year old Freddie Hacket is a
message runner for a government office. On one errand he sees two men
fighting, quickly hides and realises he is watching a murder and then is
terrified to discover the man he has just seen is the person to whom he
has to deliver the message. The police do not believe him so he turns
to Maisie Dobbs - the private investigator.
Danie Couchman - Afloat. Non Fiction. (Published 2019). Fed up
with flat sharing and the rush of central London, on one of her walks
Danni finds the Regents Canal and after a while she buys a Narrow boat.
I've just counted how many books are on my Amazon wish list...............79!, although some of them are just there to remind me to order from the library sometime as they are non fiction books that I don't want all at once. There are several fiction listed that are not yet published.......... the British Library Crime Classics appear on Amazon months before their publication date and of course the Furrowed Middlebrow reprints from Dean Street Press. Then there are some that I doubt will ever be cheap enough for me - or anyone else to buy for me - like the half dozen Angela Thirkell books that I haven't got in my collection.
I gave myself permission to buy books more often but that's not as easy as it sounds after years of necessary frugality. Buying fiction that will only be read once really goes against the grain and buying non-fiction that the library has in stock seems silly. So in reality I don't buy many at all!
Apart from finding 3 Persephone and the Witches spell book (mentioned the other day) these are what I've bought secondhand from Amazon or Abebooks in the last 3 months, so not too extravagant. I'm reading Wanderland at the moment.
Miki is in the Netherlands and is reading books by people who've got away from it all and finding out more about them, where possible. I've read some of the books she has written about but hadn't heard of Irene Soper who wrote about living in the New Forest. On Amazon it's nearly £10 but Romany Way was only £2.25 with free postage and a subject that I'm interested in. (Do you remember those wonderful days before Covid when books were to be had for 1p?)
Other books Miki has mentioned by Elizabeth West, John Seymour, Jeanine McMullen and Eileen Atkins I've read already. So I had a look through by Book-of-Books-read to see if I could remember anything similar and came up with the following
Hope Bourne - Wild harvest
Neil Ansell - Deep Country
Denise Hall - Stones and Stars
Sally Borst - Self Deficiency
Daniel Butler -Urban Dreams, Rural Realities
Anne Cholawe - Island on the Edge
Patrick Rivers - Living on a Little Land
Katherine Stewart - Croft in the Hills
Hilary Burden - A Story of Seven Summers
Another I thought of but couldn't find the details for was about couple who lived in a remote place in Scotland and ended up writing and photographing a recipe book - Turkish or Isreali? I'll have to have another look.
The Hope Bourne book is a delight. A friend gave me a copy and I can remember putting a chair in my first walk-in plastic greenhouse at our old home, and sitting down and devouring a big chunk of it. She was incredibly frugal, and I believe grew all her own vegetables, and lived off wild greens when she could. She was truly self sufficient. She moved to Exmoor in 1950, from Hartland in N. Devon. I have her other books too, Living on Exmoor and A Moorland Year. All an absolute delight to read. I have just gone through all my bookcases to find them and have brought them down to read bits of again. One I haven't got (yet!) is A Little History of Exmoor.