After the pain and annoyance of going to the dentist today (I’m cutting a wisdom tooth. At 28. I’m a late bloomer.) it was SO nice to come home and find BOOKS waiting for me!! Of course, I’m SO excited. Doesn’t take much when books are involved.
I received 4, but was only expecting 3. Last week I finally broke down and ordered Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because New Moon , the sequel, came out last month and I have been dying to read it. I loved Twilight so much, I’ve already read it twice in less than a year, and couldn’t wait for New Moon! Incidentally, isn’t that a great cover? I really love it. The innocence of the young hands holding the apple, the perpetual symbol of tempation. Really ties into the book nicely I think. I also got, since Amazon is so sweet to give you free shipping for orders over $25, The Haunted House by Charles Dickens, et al.
I am really excited about The Haunted House. Why?
On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounter. “Conducted” by Charles Dickens and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among its contributors, The Haunted House examines quintessentially Victorian themes–sex and longing, nostalgia and loss–in ways that continue to resonate today. Ingeniously conceived and written, and spiked with flashes of Dickensian humor, this volume is a strange and sheer delight.
And all three of these will fit for my RIP challenge!
Oh, yeah, the fourth, surprise, book. Simon & Schuster, those lovely lovely people who sent me The Thirteenth Tale (God bless them) sent me the new Philipa Gregory novel The Boleyn Inheritance! I loved The Other Boleyn Girl when I read it several years ago, as well as The Queen’s Fool. I have The Constant Princess (somewhere) but haven’t read it yet. I wonder if I should read it first or go ahead with this one. I was reluctant, because I wasn’t as impressed with The Virgin’s Lover as I was the first two. I wonder if she might not be spitting these out so fast the quality is lacking? We’ll see.