Something to know about my love of reading: I never bought books, like actual, physical books, until high school. I grew up in a house where if you wanted to read something, you got it from the library where it was free and temporary. My shelves were full of yearbooks, Bibles, and books gifted to me at some point or another in my childhood.
Once I experienced the joy of putting my own pencil next to the inked words, I discovered a whole new way to read. And I do love having my own thoughts on each page, along with the possibility of reading a book again whenever I want. Yet my mind is trained to only ever buy a book unless I know I’ll like it (such as classics), I really, really want it (i.e. The Fault in Our Stars), or it’s secondhand. When I buy a book, it’s an occasion.
That’s why Half Price Books is my bestie, and when I saw all books would be 20% off Memorial Day I couldn’t pass it up. I still restricted myself to only three books, and put the rest on hold at the library :)
The three books I got are as follows:
Gone Girl. After reading Allison Anderson’s rave review on this book, I had to read it for myself. She was so enthralled with the novel, and so many people have suggested it before, I’m finally going to tackle it. The library list was too long, so since I could get it cheap I went ahead and picked it up. I can’t wait to dig in! You can also watch Allison’s (Amarixe, to the beauty world) mini video review of this book here.
Mrs. Dalloway. I tried Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and couldn’t get through it. As in, I never finished it, which is really saying something for me (I strive finish every book I start). So my mom recommended Mrs. Dalloway as a good second try, and then to read The Hours, a novel inspired by this one, afterwards. Goodreads describes the novel as detailing “a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England.” Hopefully I’ll enjoy Woolf better this time. I want to like her soooo badly since she’s such a famous female writer.
The Bean Trees. After being introduced to Barbara Kingsolver’s essays in my women in literature class this past semester, I wanted to explore some of her fiction. According to Goodreads, The Bean Trees is about Taylor Greer, a young woman who “arrives in Tucson, Arizona [with]…a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots.” I must be honest, I’m starting with this one because it’s shorter than The Poisonwood Bible. But I am still looking forward to trying some Kingsolver fiction!
Have any of you read these books lately? What did you think of them? I’m looking forward to starting Gone Girl this week. As always, I’ll let you know what I think :)
Also be on the lookout for a couple new types of posts soon. I’m still trying different things out, so I’m excited for your feedback!