Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Antibiotics are a wonderful thing.

In fact, I almost feel human right now.

The only upside to being sick is that I've had two days (when I'm not sleeping) to read. I've gotten through several more books these past couple of days, as well as watched a couple of dvds that I had laying about.

I also had a chance to look through my books more, and as Dani wanted to know what they were...

Children's Books
The Nutcracker, illustrated with these beautiful "pencil" drawings. It used to be "Sarah's Book".
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, for my niece Emily
Lon Po Po, by Ed Young. It's a Red-Riding Hood story from China, again with beautiful illustrations.
The Legend of the Willow Plate, by Alvin Tresselt and Nancy Cleaver. Beautiful pen and watercolor illustrations. (are you sensing my theme?)
The Samurai's Daughter, by Robert San Souci...again, lovely illustrations, especially the one where she's battling a water dragon.
Tam Lin, by Jane Yolen...how could I pass this one up? I mean, Tam Lin, for children!
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, a message from Chief Seattle
The Brave Little Tailor, by Eve Tharlet, for my niece Emily
and The Real Mother Goose, again, for Emily

Young Adult Books
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by JK Rowling, for my mother.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. Oh, how I loved this book when I was younger.
A Taste of Blackberries, by Doris Buchanan Smith. Again, another book I loved as a kid, and this was the first one I can remember dealing with friendship and death.
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. Another old favorite.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry. My brother pushed me for years to read this, so of course I never did. And when I finally did..just excellent.
Lost in the Barrens, by Farley Mowat. I was in the sixth grade when I read this book; I remember because we were going to watch the movie at my birthday party, but I got sick and it was cancelled.
Witch Child, by Celia Rees
Bunnicula! by Deborah and James Howe. Hee, Bunnicula. I picked up Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and Bunnicula Strikes Again! too.
Witch Business, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Headless Cupid, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I loved The Egypt Game when I was younger, so I had to pick this up once I realized why it looked so familiar.
Another old favorite, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by EL Konigsbury. After reading this book, I've never quite lost the urge to run away and live in a museum, although, I've always preferred the British Museum to the Met.
The Grey King and Greenwitch, by Susan Cooper. Last year I remember reading something about the author, so I picked up The Dark is Rising...now, I only have two left to find, and then I can start the series. I mean, I can't start without the first book.
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
and four Ramona books that I picked up on the behalf of a friend

Classics
The Magnificant Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington
Inferno, by Dante
Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
The Forsythe Saga, by John Galsworthy
Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
The Vagabond, by Colette
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
Henry James' Midnight Song, by Carol DeChellis Hill
The Master & Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
1984, by George Orwell. I actually have a copy of this already, but the cover was just too cool to pass up.
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway. I have this one already too, but I forgot.
The Vampyre, and other tales of the macabre, by John Polidori. How could I pass this one up?Hiroshima, by John Hersey. I think I'll read this one once I finish Before the Fallout.
I, Claudius, by Robert Graves
The Beautiful and the Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I've been looking for this book for a couple of years now, hee!
A Clergyman's Daughter, by George Orwell. I've never heard of this book before, but I do like Orwell's writing.
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. I loved loved loved this movie as a child; how could I pass up the book?

Literature
Baltasar and Blimunda, by Jose Saramago. I picked this up only because I recognized his name from Blindness.
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters...I keep hearing what a good book this is.
Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris. I love this author, but I'd walked right by this book without seeing it. However, another woman in the literature room saw it and passed it to me; she'd been pulling out books that she liked and passing them to whoever was closest. Lucky me, eh?
La Cucina, a novel of rapture, by Lily Prior. I picked it up solely because Joanne Harris had written a blurb for the back.
The Dew Breaker, by Edwidge Danticant. I've wanted to read this for a while now, but I read Breath, Eyes, Memory, and didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Snow, by Orhan Pamuk. Another that's been on my list.
Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. It's my book club selection for the next month.
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
The Illuminator, by Brenda Rickman Vantrease. It was the alternate for my book club selection for next month.
Galileo's Daughter, by Dava Sobel. And damnme if I don't already have it.
The Alchemist's Daughter, by Katharine McMahon
Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Marillier...another one on my to be read list.
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. Hee, I love his writings.
Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint.
Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson.
In the Company of the Courtesan, by Sarah Ducant. I really enjoyed both The Birth of Venus and Mapping the Edge, and I've heard good things about this one.
Three Junes, by Julia Glass.
The Queen of the South (which I've read), The Seville Communion, and The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I really love The Flanders Panel and The Club Dumas and I've read The Fencing Master (which I thought was okay), but I haven't had a chance with these other two yet.
and I picked up The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, because everyone keeps comparing him to Arturo Perez-Reverte.
Eah! I nearly forgot! The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman.
Misc
Books that Changed the World, by Robert Downs. Sounds promising
The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey. I can't count this as "literature", because to me, it should be history, even if it's technically historical fiction. I know, I'm odd.
Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types, by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler. Hee.
The Great Divorce, by CS Lewis
Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv. It's been on my list since I first heard about it.
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, by Gloria Steinem
and finally, Bibliotherapy: The Girl's Guide to Books for Every Phase of our Lives, by Nancy Peske and Beverly West. How could I pass this one up?

So that's it, that's every book I purchased at the SPL book sale this year. Right now, the poor things are all stacked on my dining room table, as my stupid book case hasn't been delivered yet. Once it is, I'll have to re-arrange my books, and then get reading. Such a miserable life I live.

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Wow--what a great haul!!! Are these paper or hardcover? You have some great titles! I read The Woman in White not too long ago--loved it! I also love Arturo Perez Reverte and Joanne Harris. I was a little disappointed by the Lily Prior book, but it was still entertaining. This should keep you busy for a while! Thanks for posting the titles...I am too nosey when it comes to books! :)