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More books...

Looking around the house people tend to think I have thousands of books and yes, there are books in most rooms, some more than others. But the plain truth is that MyLibraryThing tells me the total is just shy of 600. Okay, this isn't strictly true. I still have a couple of shelves of books to go on, the reason being that they are downstairs and come into the category of countryside/gardening. That means they're heavy and I'm not lugging them upstairs for the isbns in the heat of the summer: the job can wait for cooler temps. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is, compared to many bibliophiles, this is not a lot. If I hit the 700 mark I will be surprised. Hubby was astonished - he was sure the total was twice that and more, (it probably will be one of these days... ;-)) and I'm not sure he actually believes me to be honest. But there you are. My theory is that I still have loads of catching up to do and on that basis my visit to The British Heart Foundation charity shop today, was a good thing. 8-) Here's what I bought:

1) The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux. Feeding my travel writing addiction.

2) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Heard an awful lot about this one and have been waiting to nab it in a charity shop.

3) The Photograph by Penelope Lively. An author I've not tried so thought it was about time I did.

4) Hemingway's Chair by Michael Palin. I've waited and waited to get a copy of this comic novel by the wonderful Mr. Palin so am chuffed to bits with this find.

5) The Blood Stone by Jamila Gavin. To tell the truth I'm not absolutely sure what this is. LOL! I think it's YA historical. It's a hardback and it has a map in the front which is always enough to tempt this map freak, so I couldn't leave it there could I?

Has anyone here read any of the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik? I keep hearing about these Regency adventure novels with dragons, and am anxious to try them. Thought I was being clever last night and ordered the first one on Amazon along with a couple of others to get the free postage. When the confirmation e.mail came through the estimated posting date was the 5th. September. I'd failed to notice that one of the books, The Yellow-lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee, has a 4 to 5 week delivery date. Rats. That'll learn me.


Also, I think, you use the library quite a lot, don't you? I really ought to read more library books and buy fewer books, but I do get a anal about actually owning my own copies of books I read, esp. if I like them ;-) - which doesn't make a lot of sense, really, and is more about collecting than actual reading.
I do use the library a fair bit, yes, though given the choice I prefer to own my own books, so you are right about the collecting issue I feel. For me, if you own the book you can choose to read the thing whenever you feel like it. Too often I borrow a book from the library and then don't feel in the mood to read it because I am terribly 'moody' about which books I want to read next. And yet I still use the library. I'm suppose I'm worried that if I don't they'll disappear and that would be tragic.
We visit the library every Saturday morning, mainly for books for the kids, but I owe our library a great deal in terms of my tastes now - library books gave me the opportunity to explore lots of different books without committing to buying any.