Last week, I was inspired by a couple of blogs that feature books not a lot of people read. Doesn’t mean, however, that I was going to go ahead and read the books that they’ve been reading.
Their reading choices are just beyond what I would consider “Joy books”, meaning, they’re either non-fiction or just highly intellectual for my taste. But it’s got me reconsidering the books that I’ve been buying. For now, I’m on a quest to read Adult Fiction and see what is it about them that keeps me away.
I have griped about slowly moving away from YA in the last couple of posts and I’m sad to say that it hasn’t improved one bit. This will be the last you will hear about it, I promise. In light of this realization, I found myself at a tiny bookstore this week that only sells used books and really old books. I still managed to make it to my usual haunt but only because I was still in search for some Penguin Classics.
I am outdoors again. The grounds are wet so I may done a bit of damage to my books.
This pile has:
The Collective works of H.G. WELLS which include: The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The First Men in the Moon and The Food of the Gods. This edition was printed in 1979 – not that old but it’s in the best condition.
Mark Twain’s Works that has an inscription signed by Twain himself. Though, I doubt it’s authentic. The book only cost me $3.
A lovely Wuthering Heights edition. It doesn’t say how old but it was printed in New York so it can’t be that old.
The Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell.
A 1901 edition of Longfellow’s Poetical Works.
There is a reason why I’m collecting these old books and Penguin Classics – I mean, aside from the obvious that they’re good pieces of Literature. I’m about to transform my library in the living room so I have plans of actually shelving good books in there rather than some of what I have there now. I realize this haul is not my usual but I really haven’t had the appetite to visit the Teen Fiction section lately.
American Supernatural Tales by S.T. Joshi
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Animal Farm & 1984 by George Orwell
Wool by Hugh Howey
Lost Luggage by Jordi Puntí
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading!