Looks like it is a busy day for me here, but I just felt the need to follow up.
Earlier, I posted my Musing Mondays post in which I mentioned that my moms opinion of my bookshelf-age is that I need to not buy more books until I read all the ones I own. Well, when my Borders coupons were mentioned, we ended up at the bookstore. This was also my second bookstore trip of the day, I went book hunting after work earlier. I found some books that had been suggested and some that just caught my interest, even a few classics. Whoo hoo for bargain book shopping and coupons to the bookstore.
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Instinctive by Cathryn Fox
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Dubliners by James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Devil May Cry by Sherrlyn Kenyon
The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips
Renegade by Diana Palmer
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
All of these new books had me thinking about this weekends Weekly Geeks. I hadn’t posted anything on it, but I suppose I can do a mini post for it. The topic was about what they call Shiny Book Syndrome. That basically being when you get a new book or books and you end up putting aside all the other ones you already have to read the new ones.
Naturally when I was going through all of my new books, trying to figure out where to put them and all, I was trying to decide which I wanted to start reading first. Then I thought to myself, why don’t you just wait to choose until you finish Tribute and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. So thats what I’m doing!
Care to share your recent book buys and finds?
Oh I love Joyce Carol Oates! You got some great books. I recently purchased several books over the weekend because I was a book festival. I got Tears of Mermaids by Stephen Bloom, The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell, Memory of Trees by Gayla Marty, Do-Over! by Robin Hemley, and Stitches by David Small. The majority of these I had never heard of before so I am very interested to see how they turn out for me.
I love getting books I’ve never heard of by people unknown. Sure, books by favorite authors are great, but a big part of the fun of reading (at least for me) is finding those unknowns in different places.
I recently purchased Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Arthur C Clarke’s 2001: Space Odyssey, and Billy Budd & Other Stories by Herman Melville. From a friend I borrowed: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and an anthology, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffanys and In Cold Blood, George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, and Ayn Rand’s Virtue of Selfishness.
I’m currently reading Ulysses so I’m curious what you’ll make of Jame Joyce’s works. I’m not a huge fan of biographies, but Andrews’ is one I’d be intrigued to read. I have J.D Robb’s Judgment in Death in the long, long reading queue.
Re: Bookshelves musing- My big and small bookshelves are full. I’d like another just my speculative fiction isn’t in double rows but don’t know where I would put it. My library is organized by genre (subject for nonfiction) then author then chronologically/series. Large SF/F paperbacks/hardcovers are organized together in a back row for spacial reasons and they’re easier to see.
I’ve heard many a thing about Joyce, so I’m anxious to just read it for myself and make my own opinion.
I have Frankenstein in hard copy and e-book, but I haven’t read it yet. I read Capote’s In Cold Blood and loved it. I do have some stuff by the other authors on your list on my own, but the list of books I would like to read is so unbelievably long its hard to think of them all at once.
And, bookshelves, let me say I am an organizing geek. I love organizing. It’s ridiculous how particular I get about some stuff. But there is always a sense of satisfaction to be gained from it, at least in my world. Lol.