Ah, that's better!

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I had a great Saturday.  Got a good start on the Christmas shopping (it feel good to be ahead for a change!) and even managed to spend an hour at my used book store, using up the last of that credit I had.  And, as I hadn’t bought any books in awhile, I feel better! I got some great stuff today.  I hope to use some for the Classics challenge starting in January, which I am really looking forward to!  Here’s the loot.

First, I picked up Stephen Fry’s The Liar.  Fry is Hugh Laurie’s frequent castmate and as I adore Hugh, I thought I’d see what his buddy could write.  Which reminds me, I really need to read Hugh Laurie’s The Gun Seller…hmmm.  Next, I was tickled to find The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, a book I’ve wanted to read since I read her husband Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  I loved Extremely Loud, but haven’t tried his first novel, Everything Is Illuminated.  I hear her novel has similar themes in it.  I may read both together.

Next I found a well-worn copy of Evelina by Fanny Burney.  Ever since reading about her in that huge book 1001 Books to read before you die, I’ve been wanting to read her.  I’ve been keeping my eyes open for her books at the UBS, I’m glad to have finally found one.

Another author I found in the 1001 books book was H. Rider Haggard.  I found his novel King Solomon’s Mines for way cheap and it’s a near pristine copy!  So excited!

Elizabeth Gaskell is another author I’ve been wanting to try and whom I have been keeping an eye out for at the UBS. I finally saw Mary Barton today so I snatched it up as well.  It sounds so good!  I have always wanted to try Henry James.  I found Daisy Miller and Washington Square in one volume (it’s B&N) so I got it too.  I also have his Turn of the Screw in my TBR.  Will definitely try him next year.

To round out the classics I picked up, I got Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence.  I have only read one short story by him (and did that this year) and was fascinated.  I definitely want to read more and this is the one I’ve heard the most about.  I found a perfect B&N edition and it was only $3. 

The last two I got were Firmin: Adventures of a metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage because I thought it sounded interesting when I first saw it at B&N right after it came out and, to feed my fantasy habit, I got Charles de Lint’s Widdershins. It has a blurb on the cover by Alice Hoffman, one of my favorite authors, so I just know it has to be good.   

So, that’s it.  And, in truth, I did not quite have enough credit to cover all of these.  But I wound up paying on $8.50.  Not too shabby I think.

12 thoughts on “Ah, that's better!

  1. You did relly well. I think you'll really enjoy History of Love. I've read one book by deLint and loved it. Have another one on the shelves, but can't remember the name. Here's to good reading. Cheers!

  2. Wowee, that's a haul for $8.50. My youngest kiddo has been reading King Solomon's Mines and he's kind of beating up my copy, but I'm just thrilled that he's an avid reader. I loved The Gun Seller, couldn't get through The Liar, and I'm still on the waiting list for The History of Love and one of Charles de Lint's books. Eldest has my J S Foer books. There's good and bad to raising ravenous readers, as they do make off with the books before you get to them, sometimes. 😉

  3. The History of Love is getting quite a bit of chatter these days. I thought it was on my Amazon wishlist, but I was wrong. I've just added it and hope someone in my family takes a peek at the list for Christmas ideas!

  4. You will LOVE The Liar. That man can do everything I tell you. You should check out a site called Shelfari.com — you can catalog your books and make lists. Would be curious to see your Top 10!

  5. Hmmm, looks like I'll have to add 'The History of Love' to my wishlist!

    I love Stephen Fry, at least as far as his movies are concerned. I think I read The Liar years and years ago but I don't really remember it.

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