Jan 16, 2011

The Sunday Salon - Books, Books, Books!

Wheee Books!

We’re only two weeks into the New Year, and already I’ve gone a tiny little bit crazy on the acquisitions department. But before you look at me that way, let me say that to my defence most of these were either birthday gifts or the result of leftover holidays gift cards. Also, I will behave myself in the future (once that last Amazon order I’m waiting for arrives, that is). This will not set the tone for the year, nope nope nope. Without further ado, my loot:

  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - Plus..

  • So Long a Letter by Mariama Bรข - ...and...

  • The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [and Harriet Taylor] – ...are all part of the Year of Feminist Classics reading list. If they prove even half as interesting as Vindication has, we’re in for quite a ride. I can’t wait to discuss these with the other participants.

  • How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart – (Hey, this is edited by Michael Cart! I quoted him repeatedly when writing a grad school essay on YA literature recently, because he’s that awesome and quote-worthy). An anthology of glbtq short stories that I won at the awesome Karen Mahoney’s blog (thank you again!). I can’t wait to read it.

  • I Have Waited, And You Have Come by Martine McDonagh – I know nothing about this book! I found it inside a box at university with a sign saying “Free books – help yourself”. Initially I was really excited because I thought the author was Martin McDonagh, an Irish playwright whose work I really love. But nope, it’s Martine. Who knows, maybe I have discovered a real gem. And hey, free book, right?
  • Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech – Back with I read Ruby Holler, several of you recommended this and Walk Two Moons as the places where Sharon Creech’s true brilliance was to be found. I have recently finished Walk Two Moons and it was indeed as brilliant as advertised, so I couldn’t resist this one when I found it at a charity shop.

  • The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison – I probably don’t need to say much about this, as it made the rounds when the Orange Prize shortlist was announced last year. I remember it got mixed reviews, but considering how much I adored books like Saplings and Doreen, I think it will work for me.

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – My very first Muriel Spark! All Claire’s fault, of course.

  • Kissing the Witch by Emma Donogue – A collection of glbtq fairy tale retellings. I’ll be very surprised indeed if I don’t love it.

  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – Finally! Found this for only 10p at the library. Oh libraries, I love you so.

  • Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones – Another library discard *clutches book to chest*. It actually makes me sad that it’s not being kept forever and ever and ever.

  • The 10PM Question by Kate de Goldi – I got this mostly because Margo Lanagan praised it. It will also come in handy for Maree’s Kiwi YA Challenge, which I appear to have joined because of my complete and utter inability to say no to Maree.

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Another Book I Got Because An Author I Love Recommended It: this time John Green. I’ve actually started it already and it’s charming so far. I can’t resist a good boarding school story.
  • Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

  • Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

  • Local by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly – Wheeee, new comics! Dear lovely people who get me comics for my birthday: I love you.
What about you? Have you acquired any good books lately, or are you using the new year as an excuse to finally get the stacks under control? And have you read any of these? What should I read first?

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56 comments:

  1. Wow, a great selection of books. There is something for all reading moods.

    I'm trying to read the TBR at home at the moment, so I haven't bought anything. I have downloaded a few free e-books (of which Sukkwan Island by David Vann I can't recommend enough - it's still free so check it out!).

    I also got 5 books from Harper for review on Friday.

    So, without trying too hard, I'm still getting more books. Hmm, back to reading... :-)

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  2. Oh, oh, oh - your first Spark! I'm really hoping I'll be chosen as a giver of this for World Book Night. I'm looking forward to your thoughts; several people aren't blown away by The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie but I never understand why. Spark is unique though so perhaps it is her difference in tone. You must read The Driver's Seat not least for its feminist standpoint.

    Martin McDonagh has a new play out this year!

    Fabulous loot.

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  3. Ha ha, I love the way everyone's gone crazy during the holidays! I haven't read any of the books you got although I've got Uglies and A Doll's House on my shelf. Difficult decision to choose which you want to read next;P

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  4. oh my, I love the movie with Maggie Smith on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, so I will be very interested in the book review!

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  5. Leeswammes: It's funny how they find a way into our houses even when we're trying to hold back, isn't it? :P

    Claire: I'll also read The Driver's Seat for sure! And fingers crossed about World Book Night!

    Sakura: Are you going to join us for A Doll's House in March? You know you want to ;)

    Deslily: I didn't know there was one! I live under a rock :P I'll try to let you know about the book soon. It's short, which is as good a reason as any to start there :P

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  6. I recently read so long a letter and Muriel spark is someone I really should read ,all the best stu

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  7. Stu: I saw your review! I hope you'll consider joining for the discussion at A Year of Feminist Classics later this month. Everyone welcome!

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  8. You'd think it would be easier to pick for someone else what to read first than it is to pick for oneself, but I'm not finding that to be the case here. Of course, I want you to read Local (though I also worry, because I don't want you to think I wasted your time if you don't like...though I *know* you would never hold it against me, of course). I also want you to read Stuck Rubber Baby because I just got that out of the library, thanks to Chris (and I'm guess he sent that to you) And I know you already know this, but I want to say it anyway, the people who send you comics for your birthday love you too! I also really want you to read Kissing the Witch because WOW, that just sounds so awesome! Yeah, see, I pretty much think you couldn't go wrong no matter which you chose to read first. So yeah, as usual, I'm pretty much no help at all. :P

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  9. Read the comics, read the comics! You have officially converted me, girl. I can't get enough of them. I love your book selections - you have the most fascinating interests!

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  10. That is an awesome pile of books Ana! I hope you love Uglies, and I also hope that free book does turn out to be a gem!

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  11. Personally, I feel that not only is book acquisition part of the librarian educational process, but because it is career-related in that (sort of spurious) way, it is tax deductible! :--)

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  12. All these books and hardly any I've heard of!! I have read some of Ibsen's plays, though. I'm really trying to avoid the acquisitions this year--GOT to get rid of some of these other books first. I'm going to try to break the rules only for book club, but only when I can't find the book at my local library.

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  13. I love the variety of books you got. I still have a little bit of money on my gift cards. My problem is, I go in the store with a $20 gift card and come out with $100 worth of books.

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  14. So many great titles! My library lost their copy of So Long a Letter which was most careless of them as I'm particularly eager to read it. I just packed up my copies of Chasing Redbird and Walk Two Moons and sent them to storage to make way for other books but I have fond memories of both. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie remains a favourite and is such a wonderful place to start with Spark!

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  15. Uglies is solid; Kissing the Witch sounds fabulous.

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  16. Great stack but y eyes go right to the Muriel Spark. Discovered her work last year, and am now determined to read straight through including the great new bio from last year too. So clever, controlled, observant and a little wicked here and there. Just love! Happy reading!

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  17. When these go up on BookMooch, I want forewarning so I can snatch them. :) Great haul!

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  18. I saw Enchanted Glass at the bookshop and was really tempted, but I'd bought a few books already and should probably read Howl's Moving Castle first because I loved the film.

    I saw the portrait of the author of Vindication the other day and immediately thought of your blog. I'm now thinking I'll read it belatedly sometime.

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  19. The way I see it, you have two choices:

    Admit you have a problem and seek help

    or

    Embrace your true nature as something wonderful and happily spend the year buying more and more books.

    I say go with the later. ;-)

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  20. Muriel Spark is awesome. I haven't read Miss Jean Brodie but have it on my shelf. I love her books

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  21. I am happy and jumping with excitement that I already have some of your books. It will save me money! I have the Sharon Creech one, the Rosy Allson one and the Donogue one. Though now I want Enchanted Glass too.

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  22. I haven't bought any books this year (can you believe it?), but posts like this are weakening my resolve....

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  23. I'm looking at you with jealousy!! LOL..enjoy those books!!

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  24. Hi,

    Great selection of books! I'm curious about Muriel Spark. I've yet to read her work, but the book blogosphere seems to like her very much.

    I'm a new follower of yours and I'm looking forward reading more posts.

    I've only read A Doll's House. It's a quick read, since it's a play, but it needs time to be reflected and discussed, at least when you're a 17-year old, Catholic school girl reading living in a conservative country, like I was.

    Kissing the Witch sounds intriguing, I love retellings of fairy tales and would like to see how Emma Donogue pulls it off. Hopefully not to preachy...?

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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  25. What a diverse group of books.

    I LOVED Anna And The French Kiss, like stayed up late to read it even though I have work the next day loved.

    ALSO Sharon Creech, I love her!

    Finally best of luck with the Subjection of Women. I'm not sure I would use the world interesting to describe Vindication, but that's mainly b/c I DNF-ed it. Wrong time for my life and a bit more complex than what I am used too.

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  26. I've acquired A TON of books in this new year (probably to make up for getting rid of so many in fall and also the fact that I'm finally reading and finishing books on my ereader)

    These look great, I do really want to read Muriel Spark. And I've discovered authors I love through free book giveaways so I hope you have a similar experience.

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  27. I am excited to hear how Kissing the Witch is. (Although I am sure it is AWESOME).

    And you know what, I added Anna & The French Kiss to my que because of the same freakin' author. Oh yeah, I totally judged a book by the cover with that one - crinkled up my nose and everything. Then Mr. Green makes comments about what fun it is and everyone should read it and whatdayknow...I'm sold. *fingers crossed* I hope you like it because that will seal the deal.

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  28. Fantastic haul of books there Ana!

    Kissing the Witch looks awesome, I'll definitely be looking out for a copy.

    I got the Murial Sparks a few months ago and must get around to reading it! :)

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  29. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is great! Also interested in Hereville, I've heard wonderful things about it.

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  30. That is one tall stack of books; great that many were pretty much free; enjoy

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  31. I read uglies when It first came out a couple years ago and it still stands out in my mind.

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  32. Oh my goodness, new comics! I will have to see if my library has them. I have I Kill Giants waiting for me:) Also must get my hands on Kissing the Witch!

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  33. Wow, what a selection! I vote for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, mostly because with one exception I'm a fan of Muriel Spark...
    Whatever you choose, I look forward to your thoughts! Happy New Year!

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  34. I loved How Beautiful the Ordinary when I read it last year.
    Kissing the Which sounds very interesting. I did not know Donoghue had written a retelling of fairy tales.
    Also, would love to read Anna and the French Kiss. I just love Paris! :)

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  35. You should read Stuck Rubber Baby first >> How did you know I would say that :p

    OMG Ana you are KILLING me with this post!!!! I have How Beautiful the Ordinary and I died when I finally got my copy. I wanted that book for so long. Doesn't it look incredible? Just look at that list of contributors! And I just added Kissing the Witch to my wishlist. That sounds incredible!! I have Debi's copy of Local...I need to read it so I can give it back to her!! It's exciting to see that big of a comic isn't it?

    OMG I can't wait to see your reviews of all of these XD

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  36. What? Why is the library getting rid of Enchanted Glass? It's brand new! I mean I'm happy you have a copy, but where are the library's priorities? For heaven's sake.

    Special yay to Chasing Redbird. It's a rival of Walk Two Moons and Bloomability for my favorite of Sharon Creech's books. That book actually makes me want to do outdoorsy things (a bit. but not really). It's gorgeous. In fact I might maybe like it better than Walk Two Moons. I'd have to reread them to see.

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  37. Wow, great list of books you have in there! I look forward to reading your thoughts on "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins since I've heard nothing but raves about that book! :)

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  38. Hohoho your pile is quite tiny in comparison with my recent multiple splurges before I can't buy again for ages. Soon I will post it and feel as if I should be ashamed of the size, but you will know this is false and I am filled with glee.

    Ahem. I am loving the sound of Anna and the French Kiss. nd I think I just saw 'I Have Waited...' mentioned somewhere BIG (Times, Bookslut?) as being a fantastic book. Also Muriel Spark! Well that is a very fine pile indeed.

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  39. Aw, I'm also sad your library didn't keep ENCHANTED GLASS for ever and ever, especially since it's a relatively recent release. Hopefully they just discarded that copy because they have 18 others on the shelves and thought it would be nice to release #19 into the wild.

    I bought a few vintage Penguins with some holiday money, but otherwise I've just been borrowing far too much from the library. I've got ten novels out, plus a few Christmas presents I need to read. Most of them are chunksters. Sigh. So many books, so little time!

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  40. I have a few of these and have really been excited to try Kissing the Witch as Donoghue is a favorite of mine. I have been really good for the last 4 months and hadn't bought nary a book. Now that doesn't mean that books have stopped coming into the house...I just haven't bought any. I broke that stride on Friday when I bought two for my Kindle. I just couldn't resist and couldn't hold out any longer! I hope you enjoy all of them!

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  41. You've got to love new books :) I've only read Uglies out of your pile but it is a good read and one that you will probably enjoy. Good luck deciding what to read next!

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  42. Such GREAT books! I'm especially fond of Kissing the Witch. I think you'll loooove it.

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  43. Nice haul! I haven't read any of them but Uglies (which I didn't love as much as everyone else seems to...), but I'm sure you'll persuade me to read them all when the opportunity arises. ;-) I've heard all kinds of good stuff about Anna and the French Kiss, so I'm looking forward to seeing if you agree with the masses. I acquired a few good books this week, but I really, really need to stop that and start focusing on the many I already have. I got rid of a whole box this weekend, and uh, there were so many more rising up out of boxes to take their places that, um, yeah, you can't even tell.

    Enjoy your new goodies! =)

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  44. awesome, awesome books. Anna and the French Kiss is on my to buy list too. I haven't bought anything so far because I've been holding out for the Border's sale in Feb :)

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  45. What a mix! It's been years since I read Ibsen and Mill and Spark.

    Kissing the Witch sounds good; Uglies was worth the read. Anna and the French Kiss is on my list.

    Enjoy.

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  46. Since 2011 is my "no new books" year, I'm loving these posts since it means vicarious bookish thrills!

    I predict you'll really love Muriel Spark. I wasn't blown away by Jean Brodie when I first read it a few years ago, but I think I may have been in the wrong mindset. I want to try it again as well as try some of her other books too!

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  47. Haha, that's a huge pile! ;) But those books look all really interesting. My uni has a free box where they put the academic journals that the library doesn't need or want anymore. I love those boxes :)

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  48. I also have an intense love for boarding school stories, and trust me, Anna and the French Kiss is a good one. :-)

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  49. I'm really looking forward to reading Muriel Spark soon. And I'm eager to see what you think!

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  50. I love your stack of books, Ana! The Very Thought of You is on my tbr list along with Hereville and Stuck Rubber Baby. The Very Thought of You isn't out yet here in the states, so I can't wait to read your review of it whenever you get to it. Happy reading.

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  51. oooooohhhhh aaaaaaahhhhh! So pretty :D

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  52. Looks like you are kicking off the new year in great book style!

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  53. The Prime of Miss... was also my first Spark! I hope you love it. I've only read one other of her books but need to read more.

    Hope you are enjoying your books!

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  54. I was excited to see Kissing The Witch on your pile! I have here on my shelf, TBR of course, but it looks very good. Then I saw your Diana Wynne Jones and I thought, A new Dianna Wynne Jones! So, this leads me to confess that a) I've been very bad about buying books for Christmas and after, and b) I should do a post to show exactly how bad (ie how generous with myself! ) I've been.

    I also love those library finds, and I found Smilla's Sense of Snow for 1.00 in hardcover last week at our library shelf cast-offs! I'm still so thrilled.

    I hope you are enjoying the new year and your new books, Nymeth :-)

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  55. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie! I think you'll really like that one Nymeth, it's your kind of book! And - we're onlu two weeks into the new year? It seems like so much longer and that spring should already be here!

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  56. *jumps up and down* Look at all the books!

    I'm on a book-buying ban and so far doing very, very well. I only buy the ones I'd be reading instantly. No more hoarding...

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