Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 94

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!

  • I had to read Frankenstein in grade 12 and I just didn't care for it since it is a school book but once i sat down and started reading.. really reading.. I got HOOKED. I loved it so much!
    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  • Ahh! I love the classics, especially Frankenstein and “The Raven” – they are both on my “favorite classic” shelf. BTW, I love the picture of your books and the leaves!!

  • I really liked Animal Farm! And I really really want to read Frankenstein. Hope you enjoy all of these, and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Thanks, Nicole. 🙂

  • Thanks, Rachel. Great Expectations is one classic that I have thoroughly enjoyed and to find a copy that old is simply sublime. 🙂

  • Yeah it totally does. Though from what I can gather from the synopsis, everything is psychological. I hope I'll like it anyway. 😉

  • Hugs to you as well, lady. 🙂

  • thanks, Sam. I do love the coloured edges of these books. it makes the series title (Penguin Horror) more apt. 🙂

  • thanks, Brandi. 🙂

  • That's exactly how I felt when I was in the bookstore. I wish I could buy them all at the same time. Lol.

  • Thanks, Marianne. 😉

  • Frankenstein in French is awesome! I'd love to have translated works in other languages in my bookshelves!

  • thanks, Gaby. From what I can tell, Animal Farm is not such a long read. The Boy Who Could See Demons is most definitely intriguing. I hope it'll be good. 🙂

  • Oh yes. I'm on the haunt for a Dracula as well. I hope I'll find one on my next jaunt.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • You know, that's not a bad idea at all. It was inscribed using a fountain pen but hubby said no, that can't be real. Lol. I think I'll go and research it some more. 🙂

    Thanks, kara!

  • Yes, they are most definitely black. I keep looking at my hands to see if they're stained whenever I touch them. Lol.

  • Thanks, Melissa. I try to diversify the books I have at home; the problem lies with the lack of time I can give them. Lol.

  • Thanks, Jeann. I do hope I'll enjoy Wool as well. I keep hearing wonderful things about that book. 🙂

  • Aren't they? 🙂

  • Thanks, Grace!

  • Thanks, Mari. I have yet to read any of his works as well but most of his works have inspired other YA books that I'm sort of familiar with them. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thanks, Carina. I still enjoy YA. In fact, I just read Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney. So I'm not giving up on them just yet. 🙂

  • Thanks, Ro. 🙂 They are, arent' they?

  • Enjoy your classics! Your bookshelf will look great!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Awww, I'm sad to hear your burnout is continuing, but classics certainly are a good replacement, eh? Finding old books is just the best. I found a copy of Great Expectations printed in 1912, with an inscription from 1916, kind of falling apart, but beautifully bound with red leather in a library shop and I'm obsessed with it. It's the prettiest book I own. But for newly printed classics, Penguin really has the best. They're so creative, but so classy. Your shelves are going to look wonderful!! 🙂

  • Nice photos of your cool new books! And The Boy Who Could See Demons sounds verrrry interesting.

  • Love your photos as usual, Joy! So very subtle and wonderful. Hugs xxx

  • Gorgeous photographs. And I absolutely love the look of those black-edged pages. I recently bought myself a (much uglier) copy of The Island of Dr. Moreau. I read The Madman's Daughter last year (which I believe was inspired by it), so I've been curious about it ever since. Wool is another one that I hope to read one day. I keep seeing it in the sci-fi and fantasy section of every single bookstore that I visit, but haven't yet managed to buy myself a copy. Enjoy!

  • Woot, fun classics, hope you enjoy!

  • I am still insanely jealous of your Penguin Classics editions, and now I'm jealous of the horror ones as well! So pretty! And black! I must go see if I can get them on TBD. Obviously I need Poe and Orwell and… oh, what the hell, I need them all.

  • 1984 & Animal Farm looks so good! I've already read it, but wouldn't mind owning that book! Great haul. Enjoy your books!

  • Ha — I will admit to keeping my art books and non-fiction and classics my the living room and having my YA on a tiny bookshelf in my tiny little home office.

    I read mostly YA, but I do try to mix it up by reading at least one other book every month: biography, adult mystery, a classic. Hope you enjoy your new books!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Oh I love the editions. I confess I have Frankenstein in French but the book if far from this one. Happy reading!

  • I love your pictures!! I want to read Animal Farm, and The Boy Who Could See Demons sounds interesting. Enjoy!

  • Wow, fantastic haul of books! I love old books but most of the ones I own are in storage because I have nowhere to put them! I love those editions of Dracula and The Raven that you got, I'm a sucker for pretty hardbacks.

    Enjoy all of your new/old books and happy reading 🙂

  • If I were you, I would get that Twain signature analyzed just in case it might be real. Do you know how much money you may have on your hands there? Also, I love Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn so much. Those books are my childhood, man!

  • I want those Penguin Horror books! I've got the whole set in my Amazon cart, and I'm hoping I'll see a decrease in price eventually. And I didn't realize the page edge was grey/black! So pretty.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  • I love you have such eclectic tastes in books!

  • OMG how pretty! I really enjoyed Animal Farm, not so much 1984 though but I guess it's still a classic. Great to experience some of our classic literary works. WOOL, oh I can't express how much I loved it! hope you enjoy.

  • What a pretty editions!

  • Nice haul. I love the Penguin Classics. They look really good. Come visit me as well.

    Books of Love

  • Wow, I love those penguin horror covers so beautiful. I've been meaning to read some of Poe's writing since he is quite popular among YA readers 🙂 I hope you enjoy your new books!

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

  • Ohh, those looks like gorgeous books. Sigh. Hoping I will feel like reading books that aren't YA one day 🙂 You are awesome. I hope you will enjoy all of these Joy 😀

  • I love frankenstein and 1984. Pretty