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Picture Monday – A Truth Universally Acknowledged

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Into the Stacks!

library-stacksOn our last foray into the library, The Beloved Husband gave me a very specific challenge – I was to pick out a book at random to check out, one that I had never heard of nor knew who the author was.

Since he didn’t tell me that I had to pick a genre outside of my usual diet, I trotted over to the Fantasy section and started at ‘A’. I ended up picking Lady in the Loch by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (review to come on Wednesday) – a supernatural mystery revolving around the author, Sir Walter Scott.

It was an odd experience, just browsing for a book at random; normally I go in there to pick up a book I’ve got on hold or to grab a specific book. I found myself analyzing what my criteria was for rejecting books.

First off, if there was a buxom, more or less clothed female staring at directly me from the cover, I put it back – especially if she seemed to be a pseudo-medieval priestess or sorceress of some sort. Too cliche at this point.

Secondly, if the title seemed too YA to me (usually involving Darkness of some kind), the book would go back on the shelf. One book caught my eye with the title of Sky Knife, but when I found out that was the name of the main character, I put it back – it was already starting to drive me crazy by page three.

I finally settled on Lady in the Loch because it reminded me of the Arthurian myths I’ve been reading all semester and the cover was very subtle. Just a black coach being drawn over snow towards a veiled female figure on a dark blue background. The font was serviceable, not too ostentatious, so it seemed like the author had confidence that her story would draw you in – she didn’t need a crazy font and pouty-lipped blondes to make you read her novel.

That sold me on the book before I even read the premise.

To reward myself for going out on a limb by reading the unknown (and to soften the blow should the risk not pay off), I also grabbed The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip which I’ve been wanting to read for a while.

So, anyways, I have two good books to finish off the year with, and new comfy flannel sheets to snuggle in whilst I read… I think I’ll get to it!

500 Books to Read At Some Point

Over in the Book Memes and Quizzes community at LiveJournal.com, there is a list of 500 books that readers have compiled. That list is waaaay too long to post for this entry, for here’s the full list.

These are the ones out of that list that I’ve read. I’ll need to go through it again to compile a list of the ones that I want to read in the future.

5. Aesop – The Fables of Aesop
7. Louisa M. Alcott – Little Women
14. Hans Christian Anderson – Complete Fairy Tales and Stories
21. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
24. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
25. Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
36. J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan
57. Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
65. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
67. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
77. John Bunyan – The Pilgrim’s Progress
79. Frances Hodgeson Burnett – The Secret Garden
80. Frances Hodgeson Burnett – A Little Princess
81. Jim Butcher – Storm Front (Dresden Files)
89. Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
91. Orson Scott Card – Enchantment
92. Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
97. Miguel De Cervantes – Don Quixote
124. Michael Crichton – The Andromeda Strain
130. Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
134. Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe
142. Charles Dickens – Hard Times
150. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – A Study in Scarlet
151. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
153. Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers
178. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
198. Neil Gaiman – American Gods
199. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
208. Terry Goodkind – Wizard’s First Rule
217. Jakob Ludwig and Wilhelm Karl Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales
223. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
227. Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure
258. Brian Jaques – Redwall
281. Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Books
295. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
296. Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle In Time
302. C. S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
303. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters
306. Astrid Lindgren – Pippi Longstocking
331. Anne McCaffrey – The White Dragon
332. Anne McCaffrey – Dragonsinger
344. A. A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh
349. L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
378. Eleanor H. Porter – Pollyanna
379. Terry Pratchett – Going Postal
380. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens (with neil Gaiman)
402. J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
416. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
425. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
438. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
450. Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels
460. J. R. R. Tolkein – The Hobbit
461. J. R. R. Tolkein – The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
466. Mark Twain – Huckleberry Finn
476. Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
484. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
485. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Grey
486. Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House in the Big Woods
492. Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway

 

There Can Be Only One!

This week, Booking Through Thursday asks:

“If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?”

This is actually really easy. I would save the heirloom, leather-bound, King James family Bible that The Beloved Husband’s aunt gave us for our wedding. Beyond the personal importance that the Bible has to me spiritually, I’m one of those people who has been steeped in traditions for the entirety of my life, so heirlooms like that mean a lot to me.

What about you, what book would you save?

 

On Borrowing Books

I love borrowing books (usually only from select few, because I am notorious for taking my time to return them – they will be returned… it just might take a while), but, like any good bookwyrm, I actually guard my own library hoard really closely.

Basically, if I let you borrow a book, I trust you with my life.

I do have a few rules though:

  1. The book will come back to me in the same (or better) condition than it left me.
  2. Pets will not be allowed near said book. Neither will toddlers – both jeopardize Rule #1.
  3. My book may go with you to the park or to the office (though I’d rather it not), but I draw the line at it leaving the county. Leaving the state is also a no-no. Leaving the country is right out.

That’s actually really about it – I’m much less draconian about the whole thing than one would think. However, I have been known to get snarly if I find one of my books has been mistreated (The Beloved Husband is currently on the receiving end of my displeasure because he dripped hot chocolate on my copy of Fool Moon).

Anyways, what are your lending laws, if you lend out your babies books at all?

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Waiting is the Worst Part

So, I have had a Copperfield’s gift card for a couple of years now. I’ve tried to use it, I really have, but every time I go in to buy a book, they never have anything I want so, the gift card has lived in my wallet, unused.

But, that sad situation could be remedied soon! The Internet in general has recommended that I read The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne and, happily, Copperfield’s has the whole series. Yay!

However, before I commit to another series, I want to make sure I like it. I ordered the first book from the library a little over a month ago. I’m still waiting. 😦 It was hard enough before, but I got to skim the first chapter in the store and it actually sounds really cool! I want to read it even more now!

To those of you who have actually read it – is this series worth the wait? How does it compare to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files?

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