Have I bought any new books recently?

As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week we were encouraged to answer one or more questions from the list on the BBAW site.

I picked: What is the last book you bought?

It has been a while since I showed you the results of my book buying addiction, so I thought I’d show you the severity of my problem.

Here are the new books which have arrived in my house in the last few weeks. I have bought the majority of them from charity shops/car boot sales, but a few have arrived via a publisher or bookmooch. Equator was sent to me by one of my lovely blog readers – Thank you Raquel!


Almost all of these books have been bought because one of you lovely bloggers recommended it to me.

Do you recognise any of them?

Which ones should I ensure I read in the next month?

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  1. Sandy says:

    I don’t know all of them, but immediately got excited over The Help and Pillars of the Earth. Both of those books are way way up at the top of my list. Just as an aside, I am always so intrigued with the difference in the book covers between the US and the UK.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I love comparing US and UK covers too. It is strange that I almost always prefer the UK version, but I’m not sure if that is because it is the one I’m familiar with.

  2. Violet says:

    I cannot see the pic, looks like it’s blocked at work. I’ll check from home.

    I misunderstood the topic. I did all the questions :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Violet, I don’t think you misunderstood the topic. You could answer as many or as few as you like. I’ll go and look at your answers later!

      1. Violet says:

        I can see the pic now, wonder how.

        But it looks awesome, I can my father’s paradise, hope you like the book.

        1. Jackie says:

          Violet, I’ll read it soon – I’m sure I’ll love it!

  3. Samantha says:

    Charity shops and car boot sales – you certainly have some crazy people over there throwing out such good books for so cheap!

    I too have The Help, Edgar Sawtelle and the Maisie Dobbs in my tbr piles.

    I will be very interested in your thoughts on the Maggie Gee as I have heard good things about her – she seems to have a devoted following in some quarters.

    1. Jackie says:

      Samantha, I know! I love the fact I am able to buy such good books so cheaply, but I do have to search through a lot of rubbish to find the gems!

  4. Claire says:

    So happy to see Geek Love, I Served the King of England and Persepolis!

    I recommend reading I Served the King of England in the next couple of weeks ;) .

    1. Jackie says:

      Claire, Don’t worry – I will make sure I’ve read I Served the King of England before our book club meets!

  5. Beth F says:

    Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone…. My name is(n’t really) Beth and I’m a bookaholic.

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, I know admitting it is normally the first step to recovery. but I’m afraid I don’t think that is the case with book addiction!

  6. Simon S says:

    The Help is one book that I have been mulling over. I recognise the book group choice as Claire has mentioned, Persepolis is on my hitlist. Perfume is one of my all time favourites!

    Myself and The Converted One each have a copy of Equator on our TBRs (something I never thought I would see myself type). Brilliant collection!

    1. Jackie says:

      Simon, The Help has had so many good reviews that I felt I had to read it. I’ll let you know if it is worth it.

      I’m pleased to hear you have Equator. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it does look good.

  7. Molly says:

    Oh my — it looks just like Christmas and I am very jealous!

    While I recognize many of the titles, the one book that I would highly recommend is The Help. It still rates as the top book I have read in 2009.

    I am curious if the term “car boot” sale is the equivalent to our midwest term “garage sale”? If so, I am thrilled to add another British saying to my vocabulary (my favorites are “Give Way” and “Take Away”)

    1. Jackie says:

      Molly, A car boot sale is a bit like a garage sale, but I think it is a very British thing. The idea is that everyone takes their unwanted things to a big field (normally on a Sunday morning) and then you sell everything out of the back of your car (or normally on tables you bring) I think your garage sales involve just a single household, whereas these have 100s of sellers. There are always bargains – I love them!

  8. Alana says:

    You must must must read The Pillars of the Earth! One of my favourite books of all time. Also Persepolis, I read it a few years ago and just absolutely loved it.

    1. Jackie says:

      Alana, It’s length is putting me off at the moment, but I will read it some time soon.

      1. Alana says:

        I usually don’t like long books either, and was dubious about Pillars, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down and stayed up really late most nights finishing it. But definitely afterwards I needed to read short things, I felt like my attention span had dwindled considerably.

  9. Lezlie says:

    IMHO you can’t go wrong with Pillars of the Earth. :-)


    1. Jackie says:

      Lezlie, That is good to know!

  10. Lu says:

    Flowers for Algernon! Flowers for Algernon!

    1. Jackie says:

      Lu, LOL! OK!

  11. Jenners says:

    Yes…you have a problem…but all of us have the same problem and feed each other’s addictions. I think it is called enabling.

    And I would vote for “Pillars of the Earth.” I didn’t want to read it but a friend bothered me and bothered me about it and when I gave in, I loved it.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenners, Enabling is a very good word! I much prefer looking at it like that!

  12. caite says:

    The Help was excellent! I could easily recommend that as one of the first. And hey look, it is already at the top of the pile!

    Do you notice a color trend in all those books?

    1. Jackie says:

      Caite, You’re right – it’s top of the pile – a great excuse to read it first!

  13. WordLily says:

    Maisie Dobbs, Maisie Dobbs. Although I’d probably pick up The Help right away, if I had it.

    1. Jackie says:

      WordLily, I’ve bought a few of the Maisie Dobbs books, but have only now found the first one. I look forward to finding out why people love them so much.

  14. Amanda says:

    Persepolis is wonderful and easy to read.

    1. Jackie says:

      Amanda, I have heard such wonderful things about it. I look forward to finding out what it is like.

  15. I love having a load of books bought and piling them up. There’s something weirdly mesmerising about it.

    1. Jackie says:

      DamnedConjuror, I loved piling them up, although my husband then wanted to know where they all came from!

  16. Pam says:

    I would definitely recommend Persepolis – it is AMAZING (book is mcuh better than the movie) Also, you’ll be able to read it in an afternoon easily.

    1. Jackie says:

      Pam, It is good to know that it is a quick read. I’m in the middle of a few really long books, so it might be nice to pick up a short one.

  17. Trish says:

    Holy Caloley!! Pillars of the Earth is large but fantastic. Enjoy!

    1. Jackie says:

      Trish, I think I will love it – next time I have a lot of free time I’ll pick it up!

  18. JoAnn says:

    The Help, The Help, The Help!!!

    1. Jackie says:

      JoAnn, I think your request will be answered – I plan to read The Help first.

  19. Dan Holloway says:

    I thought you’d taken an oath, Jackie? Where to start – with the Murakami!!

    1. Jackie says:

      Dan, I did. I failed!

  20. Kari says:

    Read The Help!!! I like the UK cover…it’s very different than ours.

    1. Jackie says:

      Kari, I don’t think I’ve seen the US cover – I’ll have to go and look at it.

  21. Jenny says:

    I strongly vote for Persepolis – disturbing but very wonderful. The film’s good as well. Although I am interested to see what you think of Geek Love…it was a bit too weird for me.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenny, I have been looking for Persepolis for a while. Graphic novels are quite hard to find, so my luck was in the day I found it!

  22. Caroline says:

    I thought Geek Love was brilliant, though agree it’s weird – that’s why I liked it, but it’s not for everyone.

    1. Jackie says:

      Caroline, Murakami is weird and I love it, but I’m not sure whether I’ll like Geek Love. I look forward to finding out!

  23. The Help and My Father’s Paradise are both fantastic, I’d recommend reading them as soon as possible.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jen, OK! I’ll try!

  24. Steph says:

    It looks like you have a LOT of good books in your pile, of which I’ve read two: Flowers for Algernon (in highschool, and I remember liking it a good deal), and Maisie Dobbs (which I will be curious to hear if you like, because it seems to be the kind of book you either like or really don’t!). I have Geek Love on my shelf, and really want to read Edgar Sawtelle at some point (though you know I am weird about books that feature dogs because they always make me cry). Also, I really want to read Murakami at some point, and I’ve heard The Help is wonderful.

    1. Jackie says:

      Steph, I got Flowers for Algernon from bookmooch after reading so many good things about it on my science fiction challenge thread last week. I’m not sure I’ll like Maisie Dobbs, but want to find out!

  25. claire says:

    I’ve only read Persepolis. Very interesting.

    1. Jackie says:

      Claire, I think I’ll read it very soon.

  26. The Circus in Winter was on my TBR pile when it was first published and I never got around to it. Sadly. That sometimes happens when ones eyes are bigger than the time at hand. Hope you post about it after you read it, that is if you have the round to it, that I didn’t have.

    1. Jackie says:

      Teresa, Someone on Librarything told me it was brilliant, especially if you liked Water for Elephants (which I loved) I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else though. Perhaps it is one of those undiscovered gems.

  27. Dorte H says:

    Flowers for Algernon is not bad though there is too little crime in it ;)

    I wish I could tell you that I had been so good this week: winning three books in two days (a large plus). But I have also ´lost´ one in a giveaway, and for the last two books I ordered from the UK, I wrote a wrong address so I will have to pay for the postage again (a major minus).

    1. Jackie says:

      Dorte, Sorry to hear you wrote the wrong address. I hope your book buying is much smoother in future.

  28. Amy says:

    What wonderful piles of books, Jackie! There are so many good ones, hmmmm…. Flowers for Algernon is amazing, Pillars of the Earth is very good long but so worth it.
    I haven’t read Persepolis but I did see thwe movie which was great. I really want to read The Help, I’ve heard very good things about it.

    Happy Reading!

    1. Jackie says:

      Amy, It is no surprise that I failed in my book buying hold when discovering such great books. I love them!

  29. She says:

    I tried reading Perfume after I saw the movie but could just not get into it– I hope you enjoy it though!

    I absolutely loved Flowers for Algernon– I COL’d… cried out loud? There were a ton of tears flowing for me. :)

    1. Jackie says:

      She, Perhaps it is one of those books that you just can’t read after watching it. Hopeully I’ll enjoy it more than you did.

  30. The Help and Maisie Dobbs are two of my favorite reads! Have fun!

    1. Jackie says:

      Thoughts of Joy, Your favourites? Excellent! I look forward to finding out if I enjoy them as much as you did.

  31. softdrink says:

    Geek Love! I’d love to read your thoughts on that one.

    1. Jackie says:

      softdrink, I am very intrigued by it.

  32. Jo says:

    Oh, all of them look good! But I’d have to say the Murakami, but then I’ve just read my first by him and now I just want to read them all!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jo, I love Murakami – I’m going to read Norwegian Wood next. I’m pleased that you’ve discovered him!

  33. Melody says:

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Help so I can’t wait to hear what you’ll think of it.

    1. Jackie says:

      Melody, I’ll try to read it in the next few weeks. I am really looking forward to it.

  34. mee says:

    Are you going to read Flowers for Algernon for the sci-fi challenge? I’m thinking to do so. Persepolis was probably my book of the year last year, so make sure to put it on top of your tbr pile :)

    1. Jackie says:

      mee, Yes, I am going to read Flowers for Algernon for the sci-fi challenge. I’ll probably read it in November/December. Persepolis is sounding better all the time!

  35. Alice Teh says:

    Hi Jackie! I came over from Sandy Nawrot’s in her latest post and I must say I enjoy your blog very much! I am keeping an eye for THE HELP but it’s still not available here where I’m living.

    I’m excited to see your book pile and I’m feeling much better because I get boxes of books every week and thought I needed to go for therapy or something. Happy to know you! :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Alice, Thank you the kind words. It is nice to know that you enjoy reading my blog.

      Don’t worry there are lots of bookaholics in the blogging world – you are not alone!

  36. Verity says:

    Wow – that is a big haul. I don’t think I recognise any of them so looking forward to you spotting some gems.

    1. Jackie says:

      Verity, I’m surprised that you don’t recognise any of them. Don’t worry I’ll make sure I let you know which ones are worth reading.

  37. Ti says:

    I have a lot of the same books in my stack but have yet to read them so I am unable to point you to the hot ones. I know that everyone has said good things about The Help.

    1. Jackie says:

      Ti, I don’t think I’ve heard one bad word about the Help. I am really looking forward to reading it.

  38. Andreea says:

    Wow, a lot of books. But as a book lover, I understand your addiction:)

    1. Jackie says:

      Andreea, I think book bloggers have a worse addiction than most! Thank you for understanding!

  39. John Self says:

    Flowers for Algernon, as others have suggested, is a very interesting and quite emotional book. It’s also unusual in that the language becomes more simple or complex depending as the narrator’s level of intelligence changes. The one thing I didn’t like about it was that it was expanded from an award-winning short story and I felt it was pretty obvious that much of the novel version was padding.

    The Help is tipped to be a big hit though it hasn’t been talked about much so far anywhere, from what I’ve seen. The kind of book that would have been on the Richard & Judy lists, I reckon, and would have benefitted from that exposure.

    Is that Ivy Compton-Burnett I can see? I’ve always been put off reading her as she’s supposed to be quite difficult (because the books are entirely in dialogue and it’s not always easy to follow who’s who) so I’ll be interested to see your reaction to it.

    1. Jackie says:

      John, The Help has been mentioned a lot in the blogging world. It just won best book of 2009 so far at book blogger appreciation week. I’m sure that word of mouth will help spread the word about how good it is. I look forward to reading it, but agree that it would be the perfect Richard and Judy choice.

      Yes you can see an Ivy Compton Burnett trilogy. I am very intrigued by her writing style. I hope to read one of her books before the end of the year, so I look forward to letting you know my thoughts!

      Flowers for Algernon sounds really good. So many people have recommended it to me. It sounds as though it is the sort of book that works on many levels.

  40. Kim says:

    You will look back fondly on he time you spend reading Pillars of the Earth. The Help is in my TBR pile. It’s comforting to know that there are other people like me, I walk through bookstores chanting “read what you have, read what you have.” I don’t advise that though because it’s never worked.

    1. Jackie says:

      Kim, LOL! I agree – it never works – those new books are just too tempting!

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