What are summer holidays without a trip to the library or two? I've been trying to buy less books recently as my bookshelves are officially full and I need to operate a one-in one-out policy, which is hard for me as I'm a total book hoarder. So when the urge to acquire books strikes, I visit the library instead.
My library actually has a very good classics section. On the whole I like to own the classics I read as I like to highlight as I go, but I couldn't resist these two from the Penguin Victorian Bestsellers series. To be honest, I will probably end up buying all ten of the books in this series as I just love Victorian sensation novels. For now, I have the following two to read (links go to goodreads):
1. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole - Man sends his wife to a convent in order to marry the intended bride of his recently deceased sons. The story promises to include bleeding statues and skeletal ghouls. It sounds perfect!
2. The String of Pearls by Thomas Preskett Prest - The original Sweeney Todd, including a woman who dresses as a man in order to gain access to Sweeney Todd's premises.
The library also had The Mysteries of Udolpho from the same series, I'm starting to wish I had bought that one home too!
The rest of my picks are from the historical fiction section. It used to be my favourite section (as you can tell from my review archives) but recently I've not been in the mood for it. However, my urge for historical fiction is returning and I had no trouble choosing three to take home:
3. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabelle Allende - I've been meaning to read an Allende for ages and this one about a slave on Saint-Domingue caught my eye. I'm interested in the Haitian Revolution, so I have high hopes for this book.
4. Champollion the Egyptian by Christian Jacq - I used to devour Christian Jacq books as a teenager. I know he isn't the best writer but I love Champollion (the man who first deciphered hieroglyphs) and so couldn't resist this book.
5. The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd - This is a modern retelling of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. I know bits and pieces of Arthurian legend, but not as much as I would like. Ackroyd is also an author I've been meaning to get to for ages now, and I'm looking forward to starting this one.
Good job I am on holiday, and will have plenty of time to read!
The blog should be busy this week as I've got a bit of a back-log of reviews to catch up on, Emma for the Austen in August Event and then the first three Percy Jackson books. I'm also part of the way through Northanger Abbey, so I have plenty of reviews to write.