Huge pile of books

Having met up with my best friend and her family today, I now know there are no more books to come. Perhaps handily. Because look what’s come into the house this month. EIGHTEEN lovely books! Want to know more … ?

So first of all came our BookCrossing Secret Santa meal earlier in the month, where I was thrilled to receive from Lorraine a lovely old copy of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth – one of her wonderful Shropshire novels – and Marcus Crouch’s The Nesbit Tradition: The Children’s Novel, 1945-70, which is again clearly right up my street. Then it was Christmas Day and before I went out to marshal at Christmas Day parkrun (which was a lot of fun), I opened my LibraryThing Virago Group Secret Santa parcel from the lovely Lisa and found We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (yes, I know the twist, but no, I’ve never read this, somehow), Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (looks very interesting), Barren Ground by Ellen Glasgow (a Virago Modern Classic; I read and enjoyed her Virginia a while ago) and The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (from my wishlist, setting up a book shop in the town the Trigiani novels are set in).

Then dear Verity sent me some books she wanted to pass on in an unChristmas/unBirthday parcel (just something we do), so I was thrilled to unwrap Angela Thirkell’s Christmas at High Rising, The Brandons and Summer Half, plus Ann Bridge’s Peking Picnic and Stella Gibbons’ Starlight and Westwood.

I was also lucky enough to receive Sathnam Sanghera’s If you Don’t Know me by Now from the lovely blogger, Bookish Beck (however I fear Mr Sanghera or his publishers changed the name of his autobiography between the hardback and paperback editions, leaving me to put this on my wishlist when I’d read it under a different title – howls of rage and embarrassment and I promise to find it A Good Home, possibly tomorrow). Then I openedΒ How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis (which I had looked at in our local Oxfam Books earlier in the week, but remembered it was on my wishlist – phew!) and The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (both lovely books about books) and Tina McElroy Ansa’s Baby of the Family, which had been on my wishlist for AGES, since I used to read her books from Lewisham library!

Persephone time – I did pick all of these for myself when I visited the Persephone Bookshop in November, but was thrilled to open Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood (a lovely biography which Ali is reading at the moment herself!) and Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan, and Diana Tutton’s Guard Your Daughters which of course Simon from Stuck-in-a-Book was instrumental in recommending they reprint.

What a lovely haul this is! And I have managed to fit them all on my TBR shelf with only a little shuffling around and moving of piles onto Mr Liz’s shelves. No TBR pic yet just in case I finish what I’m reading now and manage to shift it a little before Monday …

How were your Christmas book piles? I’ve seen a few so far. And have you got or read any of these?