Merry Christmas and a very happy new year in advance.
During this time of the year, we have a local book fair hosted in my part of the city. This is a kind of warm up to the International Kolkata Book Fair (world’s largest non-trade book fair). Bought myself a few bookish presents 🙂
Okay, here’s the lot:
Great Cases of Interpol by Reader’s Digest Association
A top notch collection of real life cases with photos and illustrations. “Not to be read in a single sitting” as my favorite editorial duo Mr Wagner and Mr Wise often suggests for anthologies. Too generous a ration of crime may defeat its intended purpose.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Okay, I admit I haven’t read it. It has become a bedtime partner since yesterday and seems like a modern Dickensian work. Bought it for what would be about $2.00 in US currency. Can’t stop congratulating myself. The deal itself was worth the delay. Dash it, it wasn’t.
Reader’s Digest Illustrated Story of World War II
Being a history buff, I am rather happy that I bought this one. Definitely not for scholars and provides just an overview of WW II, but makes an interesting presentation with lots of rare pictures.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
Any bookish party is incomplete without vintage, fragile penguins. So here they are. Haven’t read them, but they are already my favorites.
So what do you think of the lot? What have you bought this Christmas?