My favorite local book store semi annual sale has come. Yesterday it was the opening day, and this is what I got. (I went back today for a few minutes and got: A Movable Feast by Hemingway, Far from the Madding Crowd, by Hardy, and Henry V by the Bard.)
First book I saw at the fiction isle was Room, a book recommended by fellow classics reader and blogger. I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw that Flannery O’Connor book next. I have read her A Good Man is Hard to Find, Everything that Rises Must Converge, and a few other of her stories, but, since I had to return the book to the library, I never got to read more. Now I have them all! yay.
I found a copy of The Corrections. Nothing new, as I’ve heard that tons of copies of this book exist in the basements and shelves of all book stores, homes, gas stations, supermarkets. Now it exists at my home too. I know it’s a marmite type of book, you either love it or hate it. I’ll tell you what side I’m in if I ever get to it.
The Giver first book part of the quartet:
I love these four short books. I can’t wait to read them along with the girls when they grow up a bit more. The Giver is a great book in itself, but reading these four books is a wonderful experience.
Two Shakespeares we have but individual titles we can handle better. We read The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest this year, and methinks we’ll go for Romeo and Juliet next. When I say we, I’m talking about my daughters and I. They are 12 and 10.
Candide, because I plan to read it every now and then. Graham Green’s The End of the Affair. Everybody talk about Graham Green, and I must read. Blood Meridian, another book that’s come up in some podcasts I listen to from the Center for Lit crowd. I’ve only read his other book, The Road. The first time I couldn’t read it. The second time, I did. I still don’t know what to think about it. I’m going to try this other title and see.
The Pilot’s Wife. Just because I’ve seen this book at book sales for many years, read the blurb, thought about it, never gotten it. And not long ago, I read a review that said it was a good title. I don’t know if I’ll get to it. Sometimes, after months of reading classics, I open something modern and it feels like sparkling water that has gone flat.
And The Baron in the Trees! Sigh. I do adore Italo Calvino’s “Si una noche de verano un viajero”, If on a winter’s night a traveler. I read a few pages of The Baron in the Trees, and they were an instant surge of delight (humor, craftsmanship, storytelling at its best).
There’s a thin Medieval Times Atlas book in the first two pictures, not in the last picture’s stack. Those are helpful maps of Europe across the centuries during the Medieval period. Useful.
And my list of to read books is out of control, but I’m fine with that. I read books, but I also buy them, gift them, trade them…