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From the Stacks Challenge

November 1, 2007

I know, I know.  But this one coincides with some reading I’m planning on doing anyway.  I promise!  And I’m a little behind on reviews, but not as badly as I thought.  Anyway, the second annual From the Stacks Challenge is simple. During the next three months, read five books that you’ve already bought and been meaning to read. Here are my choices…

Innocent Blood by P.D. James
I bought this in the 3-for-2 mystery deal at B&N. I thought it was the first in the Inspector Dalgleish series, but it’s actually a stand alone. Oh well! So far, I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by James, so I expect good things.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Bought at the same time, because it seemed like half of the bloggers who filled out this one meme wanted to be Maisie Dobbs. I enjoy British mysteries, and I’ve been looking for a new-to-me good historical series or two. :)

Nocturnes by John Connolly
The last of the 3-for-2 (although why this is a mystery, I don’t know), I’m really looking forward to this short story collection. It’s more in the horror genre, so it’ll be a good way to carry over the R.I.P. II challenge.

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
The fourth in the Thursday Next series, I just bought this (and the third, but I finished that today). Nevertheless, I really want an excuse to read it! So, here it is. :D

The Game by Laurie R. King
Yet another mystery! This is part of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series, and I’m very excited about it. They’re going to India. :) It’s based in part on Kipling’s work, Kim, which I’m reading this month for the Unread Authors challenge. It should give me incentive to get through it, since I’m finding it difficult going.

 Speaking of challenges, the Seafaring Challenge has begun today!  It’s replaced the R.I.P. II one in my sidebar, so if you’re interested I have links to the rules and participant reviews.  It should be a lot of fun!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2007 1:02 am

    Great list! Glad you’re joining in.

  2. November 2, 2007 12:57 pm

    Oh, I hope you enjoy Maisie Dobbs! I just finished listening to the fourth book in the series and I enjoyed it a lot.

  3. November 2, 2007 10:50 pm

    Michelle, it should be fun!

    Dorothy, I’m glad you like her. I hope I do as well. :)

  4. November 3, 2007 4:05 am

    I like Maisie, too! And I like P.D. James and Laurie King. Great list!

  5. November 4, 2007 2:28 pm

    This is a great challenge, but I’ll be sitting this one out this year. There’s just too much going on for us in the next few months. I have been wanting to read some Maisie Dobbs books for a long time, I look forward to your review!

  6. November 5, 2007 12:35 am

    Thank you for the reminder about this challenge! I had said I would take on no new challenges but this is a good one… I’ll have to think on it tonight and see what happens.
    I hope you’ll enjoy Maisie Dobbs… She’s a great character.

  7. November 5, 2007 4:28 am

    Are you a fan of Laurie R. King? I was first introduced to her works Through “A grave Talent” – which I enjoyed – but the Mary Russell series is just so charming. It never feels contrived, and it’s so breezy, with good humour and enjoyable.

    Are you getting “Touchstone” (King’s new stand-alone novel) this December?

  8. November 5, 2007 7:35 am

    Jenclair, glad to see another mystery fan. :)

    Alisia, if I were you I’d sit this one out as well! New baby is a bit more important. ;)

    Iliana, no problem-I think it’s a good one as well! And I think I’m going to promise myself not to buy books (for me) until the challenge is over. My bank account will be happy. :)

    Dark Orpheus, I’m a huge fan of the Mary Russell series. I haven’t read any of her other works, but my library as a couple, so we’ll see. As far as Touchstone, I never buy hardcover books unless they’re at a huge discount, but if my library gets it, I may check it out. I’m just sad it’s not a new Mary Russell. :( I’m trying to ration out the last two, but it’s difficult!

  9. November 7, 2007 4:09 am

    “Touchstone” looks interesting though.

    I read “Closed Room” (or was it Closed Case?) some time back, where Russell and Holmes goes to San Francisco. It was interesting how something that happens in The Game spills over into Closed Room.

    Keep your eye out for it when you read The Game. :)

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