This is they:
First up, my lovely 'sis', Pat, of Here, There and Everywhere sent me an Amazon gift token for Christmas. For a few weeks I couldn't decide what to buy and then I realised how stupid I was being as there's one book I've been covetting for 'yonks'. And it's this:
My favourite author, John Connolly, and Declan Burke brought Books to Die For, a book of essays, out in 2012. It consists of many crime authors talking about and recommending their favourite crime books. Some years in the 1800s are covered and then after 1928 every year has an entry and, in some cases, several. There are far too many to name all of them, but you name a crime author and he or she is probably in this book recommending their favourite writer. It's a very beautiful book. I love it to bits and can't wait to start reading it... I think it's probably a book to dip into as and when you feel like it. I am so thrilled to own it so thank you, Pat, for such a lovely gift.
Next up, The Fellowship of Ghosts by Paul Watkins.
Tell me this doesn't look like a fantasy book! Even the title is evocative. Possibly that was the intention as not only is this book about mountaineering in Norway, it's also about Scandinavian folklore and myths. Norwegian history is also covered, from the Vikings to World War 2. Absolutely my kind of book at the moment as my current interest is reading about mountains, their history and the people who explore those regions and climb of course. Saw this one on Goodreads and had to have it.
Lastly, Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers.
It's no secret that I loved Gaudy Night when I read it a week or so ago. Couldn't wait to get hold of the next book in the series and here it is. It's clearly been well-loved but that's fine, I like the fact that AM makes books more affordable for all and have no problem with secondhand books.
So that's my haul for the last few weeks. Hope you're having more success keeping your TBR mountain down than me...