sunday-salon-2It’s been a busy week but here is a re-cap of my book-related activities.

Main things to note:

  • I finally finished my first book of the year, They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper by Bruce Robinson. It was enormous and fairly potty and I felt like I’d been reading it for millennia, but it was remarkably entertaining and I’m going to publish my review soon, hopefully tomorrow
  • I went to a book launch in London for the publication of The Girl on the Liar’s Throne by Den Patrick who is a lovely person and was accompanied by other authors Edward Cox and Jen Williams, also lovely. There was wine, and good chat and I got my book signed (so I have signed copies of the whole set)
  • I have thrown in the towel on the book embargo and I’ll be buying new things as I see them because why suffer? BUT I will be sticking to the TBR Triple Dog Dare and not reading anything bought after midnight on 31 December until April.

So, what have I bought? Because there must be a reason for dumping the no-buy rule, right?

This is what’s come into the Bride’s possession this week:

  • Den’s book obvs (as mentioned above)
  • Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan, pre-ordered last year
  • If This is a Woman by Sarah Helm, because I enjoyed (if that’s the word) her previous book about Vera Atkins which I reviewed here
  • Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne because I love vintage crime and it is set in Scotland and was on my wishlist
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson because I had breakfast with my friend Silvery Dude and he is currently reading it and told me I would enjoy it (and he’s often though not always right about that sort of thing)
  • Disclaimer by Renee Knight because it’s the Next Big Thing – or at least it was; as always I’m a bit late to the party on this one
  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle because I read a review of it on Clothes in Books and it sounded interesting.

I’m going to try to be good over the next few days because it’s my birthday next week and I believe there may be a book or two amongst my presents. And I’m hoping to finish my current read, The Three Body Problem, which I’m really, really enjoying.