After promising myself NOT to buy any further books, I made the huge mistake of wandering into a used bookstore this afternoon. Lo and behold, I fell off the wagon, to no one's surprise. Feel free to comment on any of these that you have read!
I rounded out Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles with King Hereafter, The Ringed Castle, and Checkmate. Whew. Now I can finally start in on this series (those of you who know me are aware of my OCD when it comes to series: I cannot begin a series until I have all of them available on my shelves. This little problem of mine has bitten me in the butt more than once, but what can you do?).
I found an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, The Champion, and practically knocked over a poor lady who was reaching for it at the same time. She admittedly had no idea what she was reaching for so I feel completely justified in laying claim to it. Knowledge is power and all that.
Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade, by Nicole Galland, was just one I stumbled on, never having heard of this author before. I enjoy any novels about the Crusades, so I thought I'd take a chance on this one.
Crown in Candlelight, by Rosemary Hawley Jarman was just added to my wishlist this morning when Amy at Passages to the Past announced that this novel would be re-released in November. The copy I picked up is an original hardcover published in 1978.
I ran across The Last Empress, by Anchee Min, and picked it up. As it turns out, this one is a sequel to Empress Orchid, so alas, I'll have to find the first book before I can read this one.
I always look for Jean Plaidy novels at any used bookstore and happily I found two today: The Rose Without a Thorn, about Katherine Howard, and Victoria Victorious, clearly written about Queen Victoria. (Who says a title doesn't say it all?)
I also tend to search for Mary Renault books and finally found an old copy of The Persian Boy today. I've been searching for that one used for months now, so I'm feeling a little smug over that find.
As Meat Loves Salt, by Maria McCann, was added to my wishlist a couple of weeks ago and while it may be in the running for Worst Title of a Book Ever, the reviews I read were incredible and I can't wait to dive into this one about war in England during the 17th-century.
The last one I picked up was an Iris Murdoch novel, The Green Knight. Can you belive I have never read one of her novels? Nancy Pearl recommends them above all others, so that is good enough for me.
As pleased with myself as I am over this haul, the logistics of getting these books home is just setting in as I realized I'm over 1500 miles away from home. Hmmmmm. I see a trip to FedEx in my future.