A small book hoard was waiting for me at the South Hill Branch of the Spokane Library today. I had requested these books over the last weeks as I encountered reviews of them here and there. And they all came round to me at the same time.
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selena Hastings. I picked this one up and idly began reading it as I waited for my tea to steep. I'm somewhere around page 50 and I won't be putting the book back on the pile any time soon. The story of the boy, William Somerset Maugham, sent to live with a stern uncle in England when he was orphaned, missing his much-beloved mother, unable to speak English without a French accent (he had lived so far only in France), and developing a stutter- it's heart-rending.
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Sam Jordison at theguardian is conducting a book club. The choice for this month is this book, a book I've often heard of but never read. There's lots of information at theguardian site starting with this.
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler. I read about this somewhere (a blog? Goodreads?) and it sounded like something I would want to read. We shall see.
The Portable Voltaire. I read a review by somebody on Goodreads of Zadig and decided I needed to re-read it.
Gone to Her Death by Jill McGown. No idea where I heard about this but the PW review calls it a "top-notch police procedural." I expect to like it and be hooked into yet another fine mystery series.
The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. The book that started me on this project to read all of Maugham. I am hoping to read his novels in the order in which they were published so this will probably go back to the library unread and wait its turn.
Search the Dark by Charles Todd. I'm re-reading these wonderful post-WW I mysteries.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. The latest Inspector Gamache mystery.
Billy Boyle by James R Benn. Somebody said it was really good so I'll give it a try.
Call for the Dead and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre. The otherlit spinoff from my online Trollope group has just about finished reading all of Barbara Pym and our next endeavor will be to read selected works of John Le Carre with an eye to comparing and contrasting them with Trollope.