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!??!