[In My Book Bag highlights library loans and book purchases (second-hand and new) that make their way into Rochester Reader HQ.]
This past week saw a trip to my local library and an outing to a couple of second-hand book stores. The hauls are modest as I am trying to read through the books I have on my shelves although I am always tempted to bring back Viragos and other books that I know I probably won't get to read for a long while.
Then there's a copy of The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot by Anne Hart, although I have a copy on the other side of the world! This is a non-fiction book containing interesting nuggets of information about the famous sleuth. It is now a little out-of-date in terms of its list of screen adaptations but it is an excellent 'biography' of the detective and a great reference book for the enthusiast. I thought I'd like to dip in and out of it during my Agatha Christie Challenge.
Next up are the three library books... I picked up a copy of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers whilst I await my new copy to arrive in the post... just in case I get too itchy and simply have to immerse myself in Lord Peter Wimsey's world. This is book two in the series and part of my As My Whimsy Takes Me Challenge.
I also brought home Somerset Maugham's Cakes and Ale simply because I liked the title and I recall reading and enjoying his short stories in school. It's an old Penguin edition and it appears to be regarded as Somerset Maugham's best novel which is "a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars". I really like the Vintage cover for this book (pictured above) - simple and elegant.