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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Impulse Failure: The Haul

Between Us: Words of Wit and Wisdom from Women of Letters - Marieke Hardy, Michaela McGuire Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language - Bill Bryson Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years - Jared Diamond Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists - Lisa Nola, Holly Exley

 This is the book that started it.  It's not even really, technically, a book.  It's a journal and The Fish Place mentioned getting is as a gift and I thought "that's cool!" and checked out my local to see if they carried it. They did and it was in stock (a rarer thing than you might think).  It was a beautiful morning and I was in the mood for a bike ride, so details in hand, off I went for just this one book.

 

Yes, I know, but really, I find my local bookshop frustratingly difficult to browse through so it wasn't outside the realm of possibility to get out of there with just the one.  Except for today.  Today was a great day if you're my library, a bad one if you're my bank account.  All the books were there and they were pawing at me from their shelves.  

 

Between Us: Words of Wit and Wisdom from Women of Letters - Marieke Hardy,Michaela McGuire - This one was at the front of the store, along with the Bookshop Book and seeing as I had just read 84 Charing Cross Road and was still in an epistolary frame of mind, I decided to give it a whirl.  Found out when I got home these are Aussie writers, so it's going to expand my horizons too.

 

Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson - I've wanted this book for awhile, but sort of always forget about it when I'm buying.  Years ago I dated an Englishman and we used to have these conversations about Yanks corrupting the language and I got in the habit of researching words.  Turns out he was both right (persnickety) and wrong (aluminum).  Then, SilverThistle and I were conversing yesterday about U.K. vs. U.S. lexicons, so I saw this and just grabbed it off the shelf and added it to the pile.

 

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr  - In keeping with my curiosity about the English language and how it developed.  Plus, it's a book about swear words.

 

The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell  - It's a book about bookshops.  No further explanation necessary.

 

Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years - Jared Diamond - This is my read for the PopSugar 2015 Challenge for Pulitzer Prize winner.  Bookaneer gave it the thumbs up for readability and I was a fan of Jared Diamond's columns in Discover magazine.

 

I put back so many others because books here are numbingly expensive (although better than they were) and many more would have bankrupted me.  As it is, if DH finds out about this, I'm totally blaming you guys.  ;)