Book Gluttony…

Gluttony: To gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption…

Yes, this describes my relationship with books now-a-days. I am reading books in giant gulps; I’m purchasing and acquiring…over-indulging and over-consuming. But there are much worse addictions out there, and I have no plans to stop any time soon.

Last week I went on a book buying binge. I’ve been working nearly non-stop and dealing with some emotional stuff lately and it was time for a little retail therapy.

I had a coupon to shop at Penguin and I finally decided to buy some classics that I have been wanting for my shelves:

My favorite Edith Wharton novel is Ethan Frome, so when I saw this new edition (Classics Deluxe Edition) with this amazing cover, I knew I had to have it for my collection. I have been wanting to re-read this book for awhile now (read my 2007 review of it) so don’t be surprised to see me talking about it again.

Another amazing Penguin Classic Deluxe edition caught my eye. Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales translated by Tiina Nunnally is classic literature which I remember from my youth. I am so excited to have this particular edition of the book…the cover art is spectacular.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence is more classic literature and a book which I remember reading in a college literature course. I really like this Penguin Classics edition with its linen cover and embossed title. This edition also includes some extras like a Chronology, Notes on the Text, Further Reading recommendations, and Explanatory notes. It is truly one of those books that just cries out for a permanent space in the library.

I also could not resist Barnes and Noble’s online summer sale (with free shipping) where I discovered many great books mostly under $3.00 a piece:

Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger has been on my wish list ever since it was published. Set in the northern Minnesota woods, it is a “bold reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg is a collection of short stories. I love Berg’s writing and this collection sounds fantastic: “Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman rebels, kicks up her heels, and commits a small act of liberation.

Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell is about a Ukranian immigrant in Canada. Described as “a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, that will resonate long after the last page is turned,” this novel just called out to me. This one was truly an impulsive purchase!

I was THRILLED to find Haweswater by Sarah Hall on sale as my dear friend and bookie soulmate Laura loved the book (and so I know I will too). This novel won the British Commonwealth Award and Hall was also short listed for the Man Booker Prize for her previous work The Electric Michelangelo. I am really looking forward to reading this book set in 1936 England.

I’ve had Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk on my wish list for a long time (and I really love this cover too!). This literary novel is set over the course of one rainy day in a London suburb. Described as “smartly satirical” and a “domestic adventure“…this book sounds like a cozy sort of read.

Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy explores questions of race and identity and takes place alternately in England and Jamaica. Levy is an award winning novelist (winning both the Whitbread Book of the Year and Best of the Best Orange Prize for her novel Small Island), and has authored four novels.

I bought One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey for a book club read. This is the only book I spent more than $4.00 on! Kesey’s novel is considered a classic, and was made into an award winning movie (which I loved). Believe it or not, I have never read this novel…but that will soon be remedied. For those of you who don’t know about this book, I know you must have at least heard of one of the characters…Nurse Ratched is one of the most well-known “evil” characters in literature.

I could not resist picking up a copy of Apologizing to Dogs by Joe Coomer. I read Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it (read my review). Kirkus reviews writes about Apologizing to Dogs: “Thirty years’ worth of secrets, most having to do with sex and love, are exposed in the course of one frantic day in this deftly plotted mix of comedy and romance…” Sounds like a great beach read!

Finally, I made a visit to Amazon to spend a $25 gift card which has been sitting unspent for far too long:

Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts by Kaffe Fassett has been on my wish list since I first saw it was coming out. I love, love, love Kaffe Fassett fabrics – they are vibrant and gorgeous…and this book is going to help me create a quilt I know I will love.

Denise Schmidt is another of my favorite fabric designers and her latest book Denise Schmidt Quilts looks wonderful. I have a nice little stash of some of her latest fabric collections and I am looking forward to fashioning something fun from it.

So that is the extent of my book binging for now…how about you? Have you given in to your literary cravings lately? And if not, why not!??!

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    • Trisha on July 23, 2010 at 16:46

    Everyone needs a book binge from time to time. Ethan Frome is definitely re-readable! Enjoy!

    • Laura on July 23, 2010 at 17:06

    Wow, you really stocked up there! I’m glad you found a copy of Haweswater … you’ll love it!

    • Amanda on July 23, 2010 at 17:06

    I suffered from book gluttony all last summer. I got hundreds and hundreds of books. Since December, I’ve been reading all that down…

  1. Oh my goodness, you found some great deals! I’m going to check out B & N right now.

  2. OK, bunch of comments here …

    1. Love that photo of all the books! Definitely seems like you’re not alone with the book gluttony. (I am, too.)

    2. These are some really interesting books – many that are new to me, and that I’ll have to check out.

    3. Indeed, there are worse addictions to have. We all need a little book retail therapy from time to time. I’m indulging in the same tomorrow at one of my favorite independents.

    And finally, last but certainly not least … hugs to you, my friend, with the emotional stuff. Although I may not know what is going on, you’re in my thoughts and I hope everything is (or soon will be) OK.

  3. Ah I hear you, I’ve been feeling the need for some book retail therapy too lately, although so far I’m resisting and going to the library instead. Hope the emotional stuff you’re dealing with passes soon (or works out for the best, anyway). *Hugs*

  4. What a wonderful list of treasures!

    • Molly on July 23, 2010 at 18:26

    I got the same email from B&N — but since I had already binged for month at half price books, I decided not to tempt fate and just hit the delete button 🙂

    You have added some marvelous books to your collection.

    I agree 100% – there are much worse vices that buying books and reading them. I intend to continue with this habit for quite some time.

    • Ariel on July 23, 2010 at 19:15

    Arlington Road was quite good, if memory serves….

    • Kathleen on July 23, 2010 at 22:18

    There are certainly much worse addictions one can have than reading and/or buying books.I hope you enjoy all of your acquisitions.

  5. If you’re going to binge, do it properly, is my motto. And I’d call your recent binge …. professional! Well done!

    And some cracking reads have found they’re way to you: Cuckoo’s Nest and Fruit of the Lemon for starters. And I’m with Laura on Haweswater – it’s a stunner.

  6. Ive been very good lately but I love getting some new books through the post. I love looking at the shiny new covers before putting them in my shelf where they stay for months before I can get around to reading them.

    • Lenore on July 24, 2010 at 07:09

    I’ve been meaning to buy some classics too. There are so many I’d still like to read, and so many more I’d like to re-read!

    • EL Fay on July 24, 2010 at 10:28

    I read and loved Lawrence’s Women in Love. Lady Chatterly’s Lover is definitely on my TBR list.

    Be warned: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is very sexist. Women exist to either provide sex or emasculate/oppress men.

    • Staci on July 24, 2010 at 12:00

    Book buying is a great way to deal with stress…much better than overeating!! You picked up some great reads!

  7. Wow…I share your illness. LOL
    I wish I had known about the B & N sale online. I missed it. 🙁
    The Unbroken Sky is fabulous…I read it for their First Look program. Enjoy it.

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:28

    Trisha: I couldn’t agree more!

    Laura: Haweswater has been on my radar ever since I read your review 🙂

    Amanda: It really is a sickness, isn’t it??!? *laughs*

    Kathy: I was amazed at the prices on B&N and the fact that I got free shipping didn’t hurt either.

    Melissa: Thank you so much for your comment…it gave me a warm feeling. I appreciate you keeping me in your thoughts…this has not been the easiest of years as my sister has been sick and there are lots of unknowns. Knowing people are thinking of me helps.

    Avis: Retail therapy always helps. Thanks for your warm thoughts 🙂

    Carrie: I agree!

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:33

    Molly: You have much better impulse control than I do, obviously!! *laughs*

    Ariel: Oh, good to hear!

    Kathleen: That’s what I tell myself anyway! *laughing*

    Lizzy: I try never to do the binge thing just half-way!!! LOL! Glad to hear I’ve picked some winners too 🙂

    Jessica: LOL! I love getting books in the mail too (obviously!!)

    Lenore: I am trying to slowly add some classics (real keepers) to my library…

    El Fay: Thanks for the warning on One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. I’ve seen the movie (one of my favorites), but I know the book can often be very different.

    Staci: I couldn’t agree more!

    Wisteria: Don’t worry – B&N seems to always be doing these sales – you’ll get another chance!!! Glad to hear The Unbroken Sky is so good 🙂

  8. Oh man, I binged on the B&N summer sale too. I think I got 10 books for like $30, which was awesome, but not as awesome because I’m moving soon and now I just have to carry them!

    • Serena on July 29, 2010 at 09:28

    Is there any better addiction than books? I think not. You got some great classics, and I’ve always wanted to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence — I’ve only read his Sons and Lovers.

    I hope you enjoy all those books.

    • Wendy on August 15, 2010 at 07:40

    Kim: I LOVE when B&N has their big sales…sorry you have to pack up all those books, though!

    Serena: I don’t think there is anything better than a book addiction 🙂

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