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Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's Monday What Are you Reading?/ Mailbox Monday

I am combining both meme's - Mailbox Monday being presented by Amused by Books. It's Monday What are you reading? sponsored by Book Journey. Please visit the links on both blogs to have an insight into what is happening in the book world.

This week brought me some unusual finds. I am always amazed at what I find in my second hand bookshop. I also love reading the writings on some of the books and trying to imagine what a colorful past the books have had before ending up in Sri Lanka.

The first was Barbara Pyms's The Sweet Dove Died. (inscribed is that it originated from Stadbibliothek Opfion, Glattburg) how did it end in Sri Lanka!!!

The second is Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. This is an author I have been hoping to read for sometime. An Indian origin Canadian who writes in English must be interesting.

The last one was intriguing from the title upwards Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Giles Milton. This is also part of my next meme as I am reading it right now. Very relevant to the Sri Lankans as we had both the Dutch and the British in our country for years and years.  More or less a memoir of the travails of the British and Dutch in their search for the "spiceries". Very good reading!

My stay out of Colombo was tiring but the work got done - finally. I love it there but unfortunately the internet connection hardly works. That is the major drawback and six days without internet is a bit too much.
Have a good week.

20 comments:

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Oh, my I can barely survive without internet. It is my worst nightmare...honestly.

FleurFisher said...

What a lovely range of books. The Sweet Dove Died was the first Pym I read, and I loved it, but be aware that it is quite different to her earlier books.

susan(Reading World) said...

I read some Pym many many years ago, and can't even remember what it was that I read. Now I think I really need to refresh my memory by reading her again. (Your second hand bookstore sounds like quite an adventure.)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

You read some fun sounding books! You also make me want to go nose around out thrift shop to see what I may find! ;)

Hannah said...

I read The Sweet Dove Died and other Barbara Pym novels when I was in high school. I remember they were good though I was probably too young to appreciate them. That book made quite a trip to Sri Lanka :)

Amused said...

I love shopping at second hand bookstores too. I can always find such great books there. Enjoy your new reads!

Teddyree said...

I love frequenting 2nd hand bookstores although I don't do it as often now I have my kindle. Have a great week and happy reading :)

bookdout said...

Hi
Stopping by via Its Monday! What are you Reading? i admit I haven't heard of any of the titles on your list - I will have to investigate!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

leeswammes said...

Those new books sound great! I've heard of the nutmeg one, seems a good and interesting read.

A Fine Balance also appeals to me. Have a good week, Mystica!

Anne said...

Sounds like you got some great books, hope you enjoy them!

Anna said...

You never realize how dependent you are on the Internet until you don't have it. Have a great week!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

One of my favorite bookstores is a wonderful three-story secondhand bookstore here .. I haven't visited in months, but now I'm feeling a need to go! Enjoy all of the wonderful reads! (I definitely can't imagine really going 6 days without Internet)...I recently went through (in a one week span) - a squirrel chewing through my telephone line resulting in a couple of days without Internet, and then a huge windstorm that took out power for a day - meaning three days in the week without Internet .. it was very difficult - what did we do before?

oh, yeah .. we read books! :)

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

A new second hand bookstore opened near me and I am wanting to give it a visit. I really don't need any more books though. 6 days without internet would be hard.

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful mailbox.I see interesting books.

Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

Tribute Books Mama said...

A great mailbox week ahead.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/maillbox-monday.html

pussreboots said...

I'm reading three picture books a night with my children. That's making my list seem really long. I also got some longer books finished too. Please come see what I've read.

Jenny Q said...

Very cool you got a book that's traveled the world! Nathaniel Nutmeg sounds very interesting. Glad you liked it!

Aisle B said...

Mistry is always getting a nod for his style. Have to tackle him one day :)

Mary said...

You found some treasures at the used book store!

carolsnotebook said...

Sounds like you got some good ones. Enjoy!