New Book Acquisitions – October 2017

For a while it looked like I was not going to have any new additions to report for October. But how likely was that really?

A little while ago I posted my answers to a quiz on my book-buying habits where I said I had never pre-ordered a book – and then I found a book I actually wanted to pre-order! And it arrived this month! Isn’t it gorgeous:

I had an exam in October. Normally after an exam I treat myself to a book shop in the city but this time my exam was not in the city and the bookstores out where I live leave a lot to be desired. I did eventually find a book I do want – The Greek Myths by Robert Graves. It is a comprehensive retelling of Greek mythology that has become the definitive version. It has become “a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right”.

I’ve been feeling the need for some more entertaining reading and didn’t find what I was looking for in Robert Harris. On a whim I bought The Snowman by Jo Nesbo which I was curious enough to try. It’s a Norwegian crime thriller and, though it is part of a long series, I don’t think it’s problematic to jump in part way through the series. It’s a shame the recent film adaptation hasn’t had good reviews given it stars Michael Fassbender and is directed by Tomas Alfredson the director of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

When I bought The Snowman I was hoping to read it soon. I thought it might be my summer read. But we’re now in the last two months of the year and I’m struggling to finish my 2017 Reading List. Because I finished some books faster than I expected, I squeezed some additional books in the year. Now I have two difficult books left on my list and little time to finish them. So I may not get to read The Snowman as soon as I had hoped.

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