It feels good to round-up yet another book haul, two of which I have already read due to my recharged batteries and also because I find it hard to sleep before 2am, when I can sleep at night that is.
The Ghosts We Know is a graphic novel which I found really interesting but you’ll have to wait for a review to find out why, it will be added to some reading lists though hopefully. Why I Read and A Magnificent Farce are two books that come from my favourite shelves in any bookshop, the books about books section., nothing is going to get the readers back in like a book reiterating why a person loves to read. Such bliss will be saved for a rain day…if I can avoid temptation.
Hellenica is a collection of essays on Greek poetry, philosophy, history and religion and has a fantastically almost brand new feel to it and bringing up the rear in this photos pleasures was a book that will force me to read another book beforehand. The Tangled Chain is a study on the structures and anomalies of the medical/scientific/philosophy work The Anatomy of melancholy. Sometimes I need a push myself to the more challenging works and if buying another book helps it’s a bonus.
It’s satisfying to see the Dover Thrift Editions becoming more colourful and eye-catching, as if the price wasn’t enough, Zola’s Nana and Poor Folk by Dostoyevsky fulfilled my classics quota fir the princely sum of $8.50 , whilst The Luzhin Defence satiates my love for literary tales involving Chess which has been around since a certain Looking Glass was ventured through. Taking a punt on poetry is always a risky endeavour but having spent five or so minutes captivated by Return to the Sea, that became a must have, its slim size also helped as backpack space was at a premium.
Part of the reason for my fascination for Rivera’s poems was my reading of The Book of speculation, which I strangely referred to as a speculative buy before I actually read the title properly. Featuring the sea, a curse and old books it would have been silly to pass up. The SIrens of Titan and The New York Trilogy, I believe are well-known enough for little introduction other than to say they will provide something of an intriguing sidestep in my reading.
Happy!, I picked up as it features an imaginary blue unicorn and Grant Morrison’s work is usually highly entertaining and a bit mental. The dark horse – to tenuously push a theme – is Katie Li’s Somewhere in Between, I like to do my bit for the local scene and the photo on the front cover reminded me of an old post I did on fun fairs. Added to that it features a portal to somewhere else, a hat trick of reasons to buy it then.
I also got myself some free stuff, which contains the usual adverts with bit of writing in between but I am hoping that on a rainy day – most days – I will be able to get a bit of the sun back with thoughts of places I could have, or did have visit. It’s a sense of time, the recent past and in years to come, it will almost be like a dream, yet pulling these issues out will always give me a sense of overbearing sun and the joy of free stuff.
It was good to have my books scanned so quickly at the airport, as the last time took an age to go through the X-ray machine but I suppose in three-ish years technology gets better and I am not parted from my books for so long which makes me happy..