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A few new book acquisitions from me today. The first lot are birthday presents from yesterday:

Throne of Jade and Black Powder War by Naomi Novik are from daughter number one.
Twenties Girl and The Little Stranger are from a nakeisha who always picks exactly the right books.
Great Expectations is from daughter number two. I read it when I was a teenager but don't own a copy and wanted my own.

Next up, several others recently brought by the postman:

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs is book 5 in her Mercy Thompson series. I saw a review of it on the Bookcrossing LJ, left a comment and the owner said I could have it if I wanted! How nice! I said, 'YES PLEASE' of course...

The Snow Spider Trilogy was recommended to me by byslantedlight, hoping to get to that for the fantasy challenge I'm doing.

The Enchantment Emporium is from the lovely deslily
who read it and passed it on to me. It cost her an arm and a leg and one or two other limbs to post, so thank you, Pat, I really do appreciate the gesture.

And lastly, just to make it a round number of three photos, here's my latest library pile.

New World by Chris Priestley - 1500s YA historical.
Village School by Miss Read - the very first of her books.
A Particular Friendship by Dirk Bogarde - letters to a friend from the famous actor.
Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon - sci fi, had this a while now so must get to it.
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson - African fiction.
The Affair of the Thirty-nine Cufflinks by James Anderson - crime fiction set between the wars I think. Random grab.
The Comfort of Saturdays by Alexander McCall Smith - book 5 in the Isabel Dalhousie series.
Doreen by Barbara Noble - a Persephone seen recced on The B Files during last week's Persephone week, and about evacuation during the war.

So, plenty to keep me going there. It's a good job I'm on a real reading kick at the moment *and* that I have a couple of relatively free weeks coming up!


Pretty books!

Much reading abound.
Some very pretty books there indeed. And I notice I wrote 'a nakeisha'... as though there could possibly be more than one of you. LOL!
ROFL, I didn't notice that.

I have to say that seeing all those books sends a shiver of delight down my back. In a sense reading is work -- demanding time and place to do it. And yet, what lovely work it is. Thank you for in particular giving me another book about Africa for me to want to read. I find books about Africa are particularly hard to come by and I'm now looking forward to reading about the Birds of E. Africa, thanks to you.

Happy birthday and happy reading.
Thank you. Yes it is indeed 'lovely work' and wouldn't it be nice if this kind of 'broadening the mind' work could be considered worthwhile in itself and rewarded. But that would be a perfect world. Dream on.

Another 'African' book I enjoyed was The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton - a very thought provoking and beautiful read. And also The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. And non-fiction, Botswana Time by Will Randall, although you do have to plough through a chapter or two of how he got there to teach; after that it's delightful. And then of course there's McCall Smith's Mmma Ramotswe...
Ooh, books for your birthday - how fab! (And I hope it was a lovely day, too!) I'm cycling into work at the moment, rather than taking the bus, and the one thing I absolutely miss about that is all the extra time I had for reading...
Yes, ta muchly, it was an excellent day. I reckon the cycling must be really nice but a shame you can't read while you're doing it. *g*