Library Loot

I showed great restraint this week and limited myself to five library checkouts.  Of course, I did this because I already have gobs upon gobs of library books at home.  Here’s my loot:

  • Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson:  I’ve heard of this book before, but I can’t remember from where.  According to the book jacket Galsworthy liked this novel.  In my opinion, what’s good enough for Galsworthy is good enough for me!
  • The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins:  The first novel featuring a female detective is by Wilkie Collins?! Sold!  I can’t wait to dig into this mystery by one of my favorite authors.
  • The Professor by Charlotte Bronte:  I’ve been dying for more Bronte after reading Villette earlier in the year, but I don’t quite know if I’m prepared to read a chunkster like Shirley.  At 300 or so pages The Professor looks quite managable.
  • A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron:  Mystery and intrigue surrounding Queen Victoria, perfect.
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr:  This book has been highly recommeded by fellow historical novel nuts and I’ve been saving it for the right time.  For some reason, the time feels right.

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2 comments

  1. I loved the Law and the Lady when I read it a year or so ago. I need to pick another Wilkie Collins book–I usually try and read at least one a year. I really liked The Alienist, too! I'm trying to keep my library books down to a small pile as well.

  2. I also recently read “The Law and the Lady.” It is an amazing book that tells a lot about what it was like to be a woman in Victorian England, and how little control they had over their own lives.

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