More for the TBR pile

I’ve been having a very quiet October, reading-wise.  Mainly because feeling completely stuffed up and being unable to breathe tends to discourage reading. 

But anyway, I feel much better now, and went for a mini shopping trip yesterday.  Books I bought:

310ewgsqhbl__aa_sl160_.jpgEva Ibbotson‘s “The Morning Gift” and “A Song for Summer” – I loved “The Secret Countess”, and so couldn’t resist getting these two when I spotted them on the shelves.  Can I just say whoever’s designing her covers is doing a fantastic job?  (Though having started reading “The Morning Gift”, Ruth is meant to have a snub nose!)

21pikprsf2l__aa_sl160_.jpgAnyway, I started “The Morning Gift” late last night, thinking just a couple of chapters before I go to bed, and had to force myself to put the book down at 2am.  I’m only about a quarter of the way through, and already I’ve both choked with laughter (Chopin etudes) and reached for the tissues.  It starts off at the beginning of WWII, and the main character, Ruth, makes a marriage of convenience in order to flee the Nazis and escape to England. 

Ms Ibbotson’s “About the Author” blurb says that she was born in Vienna but fled to England after the Nazi invasion, so I wonder how much of this draws on her own experience?  Her writing is beautiful and so descriptive – already she’s transported me to the Vienna and Great Britain of the 1930s.  And she doesn’t skimp on her characters either, not even the secondary ones.  I suspect I’ll be finishing this book tonight.

21fgq6xgwpl__aa_sl160_.jpgAlso, I got Lisa Kleypas‘ “Mine Till Midnight”!  *big smile*  Am so looking forward to reading this.  Oh, the bookstore I was in had both the US and the UK version – I *wanted* the US cover but it was one pound more expensive, and I decided to be sensible for once.  The covers are so different though – I peeked inside the stepback cover for the US version and saw a half-dressed Amelia and Cam wrapped around each other, while all you see on the UK cover is this (very) demurely-dressed woman, bonnet and parasol, walking on a well-manicured lawn.

And the non-book shopping bits?  I bought the Stila fall palette (the blue one – think it’ll be good for doing a smokey eye look) and an RMK eyeshadow compact (purply-brown with highlights in the shape of hearts – gimmicky, I know, but their products are great).  And some very cute pyjama bottoms from Gap, which is having a massive mid-season sale on at the moment.  All in all, a very productive shopping trip.

2 thoughts on “More for the TBR pile

  1. Ahh! I loved The Morning Gift too. Ruth is so lovable, and Quin! I think you’re right that some of Ibbotson’s books are semi-autobiographical — this one and Song for Summer are all about people having to flee to England during WWII. I’ve got Madensky Square in the TBR, but I’m saving it for a rainy day.

    And you say that you can get American editions in England? I’m really surprised by that. You’d think the British imprints wouldn’t want the competition. Does it happen often? I’m actually in the middle of Mine Till Midnight now and enjoying it. Though I always just like Kleypas books, and never really love them. 🙂

  2. I really really liked “The Morning Gift”. Maybe even more than “The Secret Countess”. I liked the fact that the romance was more “on-stage” in this one, but then again, the fairy-tale quality of TSC was just enchanting. Hmm… I will have to think about it more. I’m actually glad I didn’t read the two too close together though, if that makes sense – they may have been too much of a good thing if I’d read them one after the other.

    Re the American/British editions, it’s not often they’re in the same store, but it happens. This was in a specialist store, and I think they order directly the new releases directly from the States because they come out earlier there. The UK version isn’t meant to be out until next month, I believe, but they must have accidentally put it out as well. I wonder if their profit margins are better on US imports or UK editions, actually.

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