Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Books on the Cheap

For Mother's Day, after a delicious breakfast made by my husband and three-year-old son we took off for a day at the park. On the way home, I noticed a book sale at the library and just had to make a "quick" stop. Well, it just happened to be the last day of the sale and it was $1 for a bag of books!! Best. Mother's. Day. Ever.

Although things were picked over, I still was able to find some goodies...

My favorite find is probably a 1941 illustrated edition of Vanity Fair. Some I have read before, so I traded them on paperbackswap.com. If you have not heard of this website, check it out. It is a cheap way to get some great books!

On another note, the Classics Club book spin picked #6, so I will be reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolff. I started this read last night, and look forward to digging into this one.

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Classics Club Book Spin

This spring I have been in somewhat of a reading slump. I have had this pattern where I will get extremely excited about a book (problem number one: my expectations are always so high), get about halfway through and feel so bored that I can't continue. I think that it might be me and not the novels themselves, because one of them is Jane Eyre! How could I be bored by a Bronte? I think  it might be the pattern of distractions from little ones and the sheer exhaustion that sets in every time I sit on the couch with a book. In an attempt to break out of said reading slump, I'm going to take part in the book spin that the Classics Club is hosting.

I make a list of 20 books...some that I would love to read and others that I am dreading/hesitant. Tomorrow (yes, I am coming in right under the wire), a number will be drawn and I will be spending May and June reading that particular novel (all the way through, I promise).

1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolff (yes!)
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (neutral)
3. A Tree Grow in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (would love to read this one)
4. One Thousand Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (yes, please)
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (neutral)
6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolff (neutral)
7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (hesitant )
8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle (reread/love it)
9. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (hesitant)
10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgkins Burnett (neutral)
11. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (please roll this number)
12. True Grit by Charles Portis (hesitant)
13. Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer (hesitant)
14. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (hesitant)
15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (neutral)
16. The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien (would love to read this one)
17. Emma by Jane Austen (I love Jane)
18. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (hesitant)
19. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (yes!)
20. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (too long!)

There it is...I look forward to finding out what I will be reading!