In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays Mondays ((Yes, I’ve just noticed today that this still said ‘Wednesday’ even though I’ve been doing Mondays for most of the IMM posts I’ve posted.)) sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers.

A Guide to Tolkien – David Day

An extensive encyclopedia of the history, places, and creatures of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Genre: Fantasy Reference

This is a book I had in my teens during my Lord of the Rings adoration phase. It’s basically an encylopedia of Middle Earth and I loved it, despite its’ simplicity. I lent it to my nanny who, along with my copy of The Hobbit, forgot to give it back. I spotted it in the shop a few weeks ago and decided against buying it because I don’t really need it but when I found it again in the boxes upstairs while restocking the shelves today I couldn’t resist. I really liked this book.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

Families have secrets they hide even from themselves . . .

It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife’s twins is a night that will haunt five live for ever.

For though David’s son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down’s syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse.

As grief quietly tears apart David’s family, so a little girl must make her own way in the world as best she can.

Genre: Fiction

I have, of course, heard very good reviews of this book and reading that blurb how can I not read this one? There is something wonderful about a book filled with emotion and for some reason, the topic of mental disability is quite close to my heart. I suppose it was growing up in a school which also had a section for kids, and adults in fact, who needed the extra help. It was an excellent idea because we grew up not just tolerating these people but accepting them and I cannot stand to see people disparaging them just because of the way they were born. It’s not right and it’s not fair. I look forward to reading this one.

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Bleak House is a satirical look at the Byzantine legal system in London as it consumes the minds and talents of the greedy and nearly destroys the lives of innocents–a contemporary tale indeed. Dickens’s tale takes us from the foggy dank streets of London and the maze of the Inns of Court to the peaceful countryside of England. Likewise, the characters run from murderous villains to virtuous girls, from a devoted lover to a “fallen woman,” all of whom are affected by a legal suit in which there will, of course, be no winner.

Genre: Classic Mystery

I’ve never read any Dickens, but I guess at the tender age of 22 that’s okay. There’s always time to start. I’ve still not picked up the copy of David Copperfield I bought last year but I had to grab this one because I love this cover and it’s hard to find nicer covers for as good a price as the £1 paperbacks you can buy for the classics these days.