Do giftcards have a spending limit? Can you load a million dollars into one? Because you can buy a million dollars worth of book vouchers – imagine getting that for Christmas!
To make things more difficult and real, I’ve given myself a limit of RM1,000. That’s about USD250/220 Euros/AUD325/SGD331. Some of the books I chose were from listings on ABE because they’re out of print. Quite a few are reprints by Grey Ladies and Persephone Books. My total ended up being RM856 or thereabouts. (I didn’t factor in postage).
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- The Third Eye by Ethel Lina White (This sounds absolutely gorgeous, set in a school whose headmistress and matron hold seances!)
- They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple (I have Something At a Distance and The Priory, also published by Persephone Books. Truth is, I covet all Whipple’s books. No, make that all books published by Persephone.)
- The Winter is Past by Noel Streatfeild (I’ve loved Streatfeild since I was in primary school and read Ballet Shoes. I also like the books she wrote for adults and this one sounds like another winner.)
- This is Lagos and Other Stories by Flora Nwapa (Nwapa is one of Nigeria’s first woman authors. I have actually ordered this book from ABE and am eagerly waiting its arrival.)
- The Weather on the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann (One of my favourite dead white women authors. I have a number of her books, including Invitation to the Waltz, to which this is the sequel.)
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- Mistresses of Mystery: Two Centuries of Suspense Stories by the Gentle Sex, edited by Seon Manley & Gogo Lewis (With cover art by Edward Gorey and stories by writers like Dorothy L. Sayers, Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit, Monica Dickens, is it any wonder I want this book?)
- Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown (I have wanted to read this book for years and years. I love novels set in the world of the performing arts, and that explains the following three titles.)
- While the Music Lasted by Kitty Barne (the sequel to She Shall Have Music)
- She Shall Have Music by Kitty Barne
- Death Goes Dancing by Mabel Esther Allan (Plus it’s a murder mystery!)