Dec 13, 2007

A Short Goodbye, A Book Haul and A Frozen Lake

First of all, I wanted to let you all know that I'll be absent from blogland for a short while. Tomorrow I'm flying to Edinburgh with my boyfriend for the weekend. Scotland is one of those places I've always really wanted to visit, so, needless to say, I'm excited. Then on Monday evening we fly from Edinburgh to London, and VERY early on Tuesday we fly from London to Portugal where we'll spend the holidays. All 3 flights are on different companies, each with their own regulations concerning luggage. Packing has been a nightmare!

I was doing well when it came to buying books where in England. Obviously I did buy some, but there were many instances in which I managed to resist temptation. But that was until my local library had a big sale:

  • The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint - Like I promised Rhinoa, 2008 will be the year when I finally read him. I've no idea if this is a good book to start with, but I will probably read "Waifs and Strays" first anyway.
  • Love by Toni Morrison - I really want to read more of her work.
  • Children of the Streets by Harlan Ellison - He's an author I've never read but always wanted to.
  • The Dying Animal by Philip Roth - Same as above.
  • Strangers by Taichi Yamada - I had never actually heard of this author, but the blurb caught my attention: "This is a disconcerting, yet deeply satisfying novel: a wonderful study of grief and isolation, a moving expression of our longing for things we have lost and are unable to have again." Plus: "Restrained and moving... what might have been a simple ghost story evolves into a psychological acute portrait." It sounds great, and at 20p, how could I resist?
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - I've read some great reviews of this one. It's a retelling of the Old Testament story of Dinah, Jacob's daughter.
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote - I LOVE this book, and yet until today I didn't own a copy.
And let me not get started on the books by Ursula Le Guin, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Hoffman that I left behind because they were big heavy hardcovers I knew I could never take home. Even these will be complicated, but considering that I paid £2.5 for all seven, it'll be worth it even if I end up having to mail them to myself. Plus... I needed something to cheer me up today, and a book haul is just perfect for that.

I'll leave you with a few pictures I took of the frozen lake at University this morning. I love how the birds are walking on the lake. It's been wonderfully cold lately - if the sky hadn't been clear I'm sure it would have snowed. Of course, if it does snow while I'm away from the holidays I'm going to be seriously upset.


  1. oh my lol.. you sure are having a "take home my books" problem! lol that'll teach ya to leave home! hahaha

  2. Which Boyle book do you have? Is there anything like media mail in Europe? Here, media mail is a less expensive way to send books and other media, like DVDs or CDs, etc. Just curious, but if there is, at least mailing things home won't be too expensive for you. I hope you have a great trip! :)

  3. I love your pictures! It's so beautiful over there! Enjoy your trips! It sounds like it's going to be a busy couple of days, but certainly days that you'll remember and enjoy. I'm so happy for you that you're getting to go to Edinburgh! I'm sure you'll love it...Of course, you'll take pictures for us ;) And as nice as it's been to study abroad, I'm sure it'll be very comforting to be home for the holidays :) Enjoy it all and we'll be waiting for you when you get back!

    Now onto books...What a haul! I think that I need to move just so that I can get cool library sales. Everyone else seems to have them but me. Our library sales are awful. I've heard nothing but good about The Red Tent. The Yamada book sounds incredible...I'm adding that one to the wishlist. I'm on a Japanese kick after this challenge. I'm reading Norwegian Wood by Murakami now and am loving it...have you read that one? I remember you telling me, but forgot :/ I've been wanting to read some Ellison too as he's a favorite of Neil Gaiman's, but never have, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts! And I'm so excited that you got The Onion Girl! I own that one too though I haven't read it yet. I plan on reading it sometime next year though. I think you'll love de Lint! OK, that's a long enough comment.

    Great post, we'll miss ya!

  4. Oh...the question on my blog about which De Lint you got is now answered!!! I have read the sequel to this, Widdershins, and LOVED it. I need to go back and read Onion Girl sometime.

    Have a wonderful trip and a great Christmas! Thanks again for hosting the incredibly fun Secret Santa. I vote for doing it again next year!

  5. Have a wonderful trip!

  6. Have a great time, Nymeth!

    I think library sales should be excused from any type of hiatus from buying books or limiting book purchases. The prices usually make up for it.

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos!

  7. Lovely photos! And a very nice haul of books. I hope you have a wonderful time in Scotland and then home for the holidays! :)

  8. I agree with Literary Feline...library book sales don't count against you. Not only are the books generally really inexpensive, but it's for a good cause, right? Nice haul, by the way!

    And those photos are lovely! So serene.

    Have fun on your holiday!!!

  9. I want to visit Scotland too! Have a safe trip and lots of fun!

    We will be here when you return. :)

  10. I love your photos of the lake. Have a great time in Portugal and enjoy your books. I am reading The Onion Girl next year and I loved The Red Tent and think you will too.

  11. Oh! I am so jealous! Have a wonderful trip and a peaceful holiday!

    The pictures are great and you're right about the birds. It's cool to see them walking but I always worry about them getting frozen to the ice. Silly of me, I know.

    Again, have a grand time and I'll keep good thoughts about your travels. Hopefully they'll be relatively problem free.


  12. Ah library sales - they are the best. Hope you have a wonderful time on your travels and a great holiday!

  13. Oh gee, all those for £2.5? Lucky, lucky you!

    Enjoy the break!

  14. Enjoy your trip - I loved Edinburgh!

  15. those pics are beautiful!!!

    and hope you enjoy scotland!

  16. Have a great trip!! Scotland is one of those places I would love to visit too.

    Be safe and have a wonderful Chirstmas!!

    Looks like some fantastic books!

  17. I absolutely love Edinburgh, and you can also understand people when they speak, it's great!:D (unlike Glasgow for example eheh)
    I so understand you about the books problem. I don't want to think what I'll do when eventually I'll home again (or will I ever??)

    You know we're having a secret santa at work too? and I didn't have the idea, was the manager's! so funny!

  18. Hope you like The Red Tent; I look forward to reading your review...


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