Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Adding to the Stash

It's been about six months since my last trip to one of my local second-hand bookstores. I got eight books for about $28, and that includes a trade paperback and a Virago Modern Classic. The full list:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I read The Moonstone (again) last year and I've heard about The Woman in White many times.

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. Seems like something I should read given that I was an English major. And my boss highly recommended it.

The First Man in Rome. Thanks to Siew for the reminder about Colleen McCullough's series about Julius Caeser. I was very disappointed that they only had one of the series of six, but at least it was the first one. I'll be checking out Half.Com for the rest.

This Side of Paradise and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I really haven't read enough 20th century literature, so I think it's time. I'd had enough Fitzgerald in school (from reading The Great Gatsby three times in about 18 months), but I think it's finally been long enough that I can try some more.

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger. When I've had my fill with Fitzgerald and Collins for awhile, this will be a nice bit of fluff to cleanse the palate.

The Blush by Elizabeth Taylor, a Virago Modern Classic. I wouldn't even know about Elizabeth Taylor or Viragos if it weren't for Danielle. I'm looking forward to a book I otherwise wouldn't have picked up.

Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman. Really, isn't the title enough just to make you want to pick it up and check it out? In this case, I read the author's Sex With Kings, and it was quite intriguing. This looks to be the same. Even better? It was a trade paperback with a 10-page color center insert for only $5.00!

Still a little ways to go with Caeser. But it's going to be hard not to pick up one of these before I do!

Also -- I've finally updated my blogroll. Check out some of the really cool blogs I'm reading.


Siew Cooper said...

I trust you'll find McCullogh's Rome interesting!

I find secondhand bookstores a bit hit and miss; the second last time I came back with Alan Hollinghurst's 'The Line of Beauty', and two Steinbecks. Last time I went was last Friday, and I visited 4 of them on the same stretch and couldn't find a thing that intersted me.

danielle said...

I think I have that same version of Blush as you do. I have only read one of Taylor's novels so far, but I want to read her short stories as well. I really like her work! And the Woman in White is one of my favorite novels!

Kirsty said...

Nice haul! I'll be checking out the Colleen McCullough series too--thanks for passing along the tip.

Pour of Tor said...

Great finds! I loved "Woman in White," which reminds me that I should really get around to reading "Armadale" one of these months. Meanwhile, I am another English major who has never read "Tom Jones."

Erin said...

Oh, aren't used bookstores the greatest? I went to my local one twice last month. I don't recognize the names you have there, but I'm sure most will be great.