Hello friends! I apologize that I haven’t been around lately. February was a busy month: it was my birthday, I went to an anime convention, and I picked up a new video game. I also haven’t had many book related things to talk about recently (though I have been reading) so I let my blog languish a bit.
Anywho, my friend Emily @Embuhleeliest does these wonderful book haul posts, so I decided to do my very first one since I got some fun books this month. So without further ado:
The New Books
These are all the new books I bought this month:
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – Just picked this up today since B&N is having a 50% off sale and this was less than $10.
Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery – I don’t normally read biographies but Edward Gorey was just so weird I had to get this (it was also bought today as part of B&N’s 50% off sale). Last year I got first editions of Gorey’s Vinegar Works and they are some of my favorite books I have ever owned.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I am currently reading this with Emily @Embuhleeliest. It has a very strange writing style, it is told as if someone was telling the story directly to you…digressions included, but I am finding that I really like it so far.
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft – I read the first book in this series, Senlin Ascends, last year and holy crap was it amazing. I already own the second book but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I bought this one so I would be ready.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Emily @Embuhleeliest‘s husband is reading this book and she is the one that recommended it to me. (She is thinking about stealing it from said husband since he is being slow about finishing it.) It sounded fascinating so I picked it up.
The Metamorphoses of Ovid by Ovid, Allen Mandelbaum (Translator) – Lately I have been reading books that pull heavily from the classics. So, while I have read many of the classics, I decided to re-read some and read others for the first time in order to get the full picture. I have not read this one before, and I picked it up because I recently read Circe by Madeline Miller, which deals with the goddess Circe who can transform men into beasts.
I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson – Again, this is not the type of book I normally read, but I happened to pick up the second book of Dawson’s, It Gets Worse, out of curiosity and was dying within seconds. So I decided I should read the first book first.
Like a ding-dong, I forgot to include the following books in the pic I took and it is more trouble that it is worth to re-take it:
The Used Books
There is an incredibly dangerous used bookstore in my city. I really should never, ever go there but I can’t seem to help myself. These are the used books that I picked up there this month:
The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer by Albrecht Dürer, Dr. Willi Kurth (Editor) – I am a sucker for art books, and this one is chock full of the absolutely stunning wood block prints done by Albrecht Dürer in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Editor), Nora Archibald Smith (Editor), Maxfield Parrish (Illustrator) – This is a beautifully illustrated book of some of the better known tales from The 1001 Arabian Nights.
The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory, Alfred W. Pollard, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator) – I love stories about King Arthur and I love Arthur Rackham’s art so this was a book I just had to own.
Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories by Charles Perrault – The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and I adore fairy tales so this was another must buy.
The Gift Books
As I mentioned in the intro, this month was my birthday and both of my aunts got me these books:
Classical Mythology: Illustrated Edition by Helen A. Guerber – My one aunt got me this book, quite unknowing that I was reading the classics and especially greek myths. So, this was really the perfect birthday present!
Will O’ The Mill And Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson – My other aunt, an artist, did a portrait of John Steinbeck many years ago that hung for a long time in my family’s bookstore. (The bookstore was in Monterey, CA where Steinbeck based most of his books.) Alas, the bookstore is no longer, but my aunt made a gift of the portrait to me for Christmas. Well, I asked her if she would do a commission of Robert Louis Stevenson in the same style. She is thinking about it, but in the mean time she sent me this pocket (literally!) book by Stevenson for my birthday.
This list will get out of hand (as if it isn’t already) if I list out all the ebooks I bought this month. Most of the ones I got were by Jordan L. Hawk. I started off reading their Hexworld Series, but then switched to Whyborne & Griffin (I just today picked up book 5 in that series). The only ebook that was not by Jordan L. Hawk was Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley, which is the 4th book in her Sci-Regency Series.
The Special Books
On the left:
The Voyage of Argo – Folio Society Edition by Apollonius of Rhodes, Lawrence Norfolk (Introducer), Daniel Egneus (Illustrator) – This is my first ever Folio Society book! It is beautiful. Folio Society was having a sale, including this book, so I decided to get it because, again, I am brushing up on the classics. I have read the play Medea by Euripides, but I have not ever read the Argonautica, so this will be new for me (even though I do know the story).
On the right:
The Odyssey – Franklin Library 100 Greatest Books Leather Bound Edition by Homer, Robert Fitzgerald (Translator) – Someday, I hope to have leather bound editions of all my favorite classics. I have not read this translation of the Odyssey, but I did comparison reads of the most popular translations available, and I liked this one the best. Looking forward to seeing if I end up liking this translation better than the one I read a million years ago in high school.
And so the library grows…