It’s time to report on my book gains for the week (sigh). Here goes:
- The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
- The Power of Sympathy by William Hill Brown/The Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster
- Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- A reprint of the 1855 version of Foster’s The Coquette with a preface by Jane E. Locke (for research purposes)
- The Hidden Hand or, Capitola the Madcap by E.D.E.N. Southworth
- Rereadings by Anne Fadiman
- Isaiah Berlin: A Life by Michael Ignatieff (I enjoyed the book so much that I returned it to the library and purchased my own copy…thank you Alibris!)
- Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-Representation by Leigh Gilmore
- Samuel Pepys: The Unequaled Self by Claire Tomalin
- A Sentimental Murder: Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century by John Brewer
- The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (one of my favorite mystery series)
I only have two more books on my hold list at the library, so I’m hoping that I will finally finish something before I get any more books. My copy of Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun is due soon, so I’m hoping to finish that this week and FINALLY review something. I’m not a slow reader, but my coursework has limited my reading time (well, that and my amazing ability to get distracted by every other book under the sun). I will probably achieve most of my challenge reading during the summer months, once my courses are finished. Until then, I will continue to plug away at the alarmingly huge piles decorating the floor of my bedroom, living, and dining rooms. My husband has even taken to building a book fort around his desk as well, although those are the books that I have decided to part with (sadly, I assure you) as we just don’t have room for them all. (Ah the joys of apartment living–although, I expect that space is something like money: you never have enough of it, especially when one is a bibliophile).
Blogwise, stay tuned in breathless anticipation: there will be an additional post today with funny articles pertaining to books and grammar, and there might even be a third with my updated NYT challenge book list (whew! three posts in one day, I must really be hurting for some procrastination excuses!). And now, I’m off to make some coffee, to fortify myself for the massive amount of reading I have taken on….