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Boston Books Too

05 Jul

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.

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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.

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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.

SAM_2732I 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..

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Posted by on 05/07/2016 in Boston, Lists/Ephemera

 

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44 responses to “Boston Books Too

  1. Liz

    05/07/2016 at 18:32

    Wow, what a fantastic haul – really looking forward to the resulting reviews in due course… 😀

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    • Ste J

      05/07/2016 at 18:40

      It was a great shopping experience, I loved wandering and picking an eclectic mix, all for you readers of course, as ever I didn’t give a thought to myself. I’m selfless like that. Once the Boston posts are out of the way I will have a good number ready for review.

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      • Liz

        05/07/2016 at 18:43

        So very noble and self-sacrificing of you. Great to hear that there are more Boston posts on the way – really enjoying these.

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        • Ste J

          05/07/2016 at 18:45

          I have a couple of things outside Boston as well, I didn’t feel the same affinity as I did with Berlin but hopefully I can write something interesting.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt

    05/07/2016 at 18:49

    You’re going to sleep, when I’m getting up. 🙂 Nice stack…you did good!

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    • Ste J

      05/07/2016 at 18:51

      Thank you! I wanted to take a bot of everything I saw but alas there was a city to see so I thought it only polite to go look at it and poke it.

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  3. Alastair Savage

    05/07/2016 at 20:59

    I admire you for reading books about chess because they make my head spin. Any recommendations?

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:28

      Chess by Stefan Zweig is a short book but one with a lot of impact to it, well worth a read as is all by Zweig.

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      • Alastair Savage

        06/07/2016 at 19:09

        They say that the best way to get people to buy your book is to have a name that starts with one of the first letters of the alphabet because everyone starts browsing at A. Clearly nobody shared this fact with poor old Stefan.

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        • Ste J

          07/07/2016 at 19:51

          That probably explains why I hardly saw any Zola whilst I was out there. I recently happened on a recommended list from Christopher Hitchens, needless to say that every one of them ended up on my list. It always seems lazy to pick a book due to it being one of the earlier letters of the alphabet, there should be more authors whose names start with Q and X.

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  4. Claire 'Word by Word'

    05/07/2016 at 21:12

    An eclectic mix indeed, what a lot of fun that must have been!

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:33

      Every book trip is as much of a pleasure as the reading, of late it has been more satisfying than usual on both fronts.

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  5. Resa

    05/07/2016 at 22:12

    Looks like a nice pile! You’ll have lots of great times reading all of your new acquisitions. Happy reading!!!

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:32

      I’m already salivating every time I finish a book, I am extremely rich with my book collection, it really is a privilege to own so many great and thought provoking titles.

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  6. shadowoperator

    05/07/2016 at 22:36

    You are now duty-bound (having actually mentioned the titles) in your role as Goodwill Ambassador for the British Isles, to do a post on each and every one of these books (I’ll allow you the word “eventually”). Have fun–I’ll be looking forward to them.

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:36

      Eventually is the vital caveat there. Having already finished The Book of Speculation and The Ghosts We Know, they should be outer the soonest and at the moment I am taking a brief foray into history but will be back to these books soon, well after the free books I have again been sent. It’s a hard life!

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  7. Lucy

    06/07/2016 at 08:43

    I’m currently reading ‘Where I’m Reading From’ by Tim Parks, and you’re right, books about books are fascinating. He is explaining why we can hate what others love, the evangelical way people can want to push the transformative effect of a book onto someone else who may then get to the the end of the book and think ‘Meh.’

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:46

      Transformative effect of a book, is that really possible on as a big a scale as people usually make out? Funnily enough I was looking at Parks’ A Literary Tour of Italy the other day but had not heard of this one, I shall go have a neb at it in a bit. A Season with Verona I remember was a good read back in the day.

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  8. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    06/07/2016 at 13:42

    Very interested in the title “Why I Read,” I must look that one up. Of course I know why I read books are my opiate…certainly not TV which according to some is meant to be “the opiate of the people” (or “masses” depending on who is being quoted) 🙂

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2016 at 16:40

      I think books like this retain their popularity as we can nod along and say ‘too right’ a lot and it gives us a sense of togetherness in our often solitary pursuit. I find TV lacks a lot these days, a lot of documentaries are dumbed down and the lack of quality television is few and far between. It does well for background noise sometimes though!

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      • Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

        07/07/2016 at 14:21

        I have to admit I do, sometimes, watch “old” TV on Netflix/Amazon while creating my arty stuff 🙂 I’m always curious about other folks take on why THEY read books 🙂

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        • Ste J

          07/07/2016 at 20:04

          The why is an interesting street to travel down, it transcends more than the simple ‘because I like to read’ after a while that connection to books becomes something intrinsic to the reader’s life. I found the connection grows with each book and the more complex the book, the tighter the hold is on my mind.

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  9. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    06/07/2016 at 20:18

    I really wonder and admire your reading spree, Ste! You have such a varied interest and you’re one of the most genuine book lovers I’ve ever seen… 🙂

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    • Ste J

      07/07/2016 at 20:19

      That’s such a wonderful thing to say, thank you! Every book is like an adventure to me, so many books have taught me things and taken me on wild rides. I hate to think I’m missing out on ideas and stories, it drives me and I really love to read and share with people, it’s a massive part of my life but has been worth every moment of my passion.

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  10. macjam47

    07/07/2016 at 01:13

    Nice haul! That should keep you busy for a few days.

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    • Ste J

      07/07/2016 at 19:47

      I’m flying down books at the moment, although I am trying to mix these books up with some of the older ones just to keep it interesting.

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  11. Liz Dexter

    07/07/2016 at 14:56

    Excellent haul. Did you take an empty suitcase for the purpose of haul hauling?

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    • Ste J

      07/07/2016 at 19:53

      It crossed my mind but after seeing how the baggage people handle cases, I made sure I could keep them on my in my backpack…it took some strategic packing to make sure no corners were bent during transit.

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  12. LuAnn

    07/07/2016 at 21:48

    Looks like you really scored Ste J. I will anxiously be awaiting some wonderful reviews.

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    • Ste J

      08/07/2016 at 20:08

      As soon as my Boston posts are finished I shall be right back on it, I have a massive backlog to get through, typically.

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  13. anna amundsen

    08/07/2016 at 20:11

    Hellenica sounds wonderful. Why I read, as well.. Can’t wait to hear your opinions on these.

    Since I wasn’t here when you were preparing for the trip I will wish you a great stay in Boston now!

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    • Ste J

      08/07/2016 at 20:19

      Thank you my friend, it was a great trip, next time I will go for longer though, perhaps when it is a little cooler.

      I am glad you like my choice in books, I knew you would as you also have great taste. I shall be back to doing book reviews once I finish up with the next three or four Boston posts. It’ll almost feel novel, if you excuse the pun.

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  14. Andrea Stephenson

    09/07/2016 at 17:31

    A great mix of reads Ste, something to keep the memory of Boston going long after you returned!

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    • Ste J

      09/07/2016 at 19:24

      Exactly, it’s another way that books keep giving, not just with rereading but jsut seeing them on the shelf can transport me dually into their worlds or my memories.

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  15. clarepooley33

    10/07/2016 at 00:49

    Some weighty tomes here! Glad you managed to get them home undamaged. I too, look forward to your reviews Ste.

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    • Ste J

      10/07/2016 at 13:49

      The journey home was stressful as every time I put my bag down I was rearranging to make sure the corners didn’t get damaged…it was a stress! Well worth it though and book reviews will start to trickle through in the next week or so all being well.

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  16. Letizia

    10/07/2016 at 17:06

    I like that your bags were heavy with books on your journey home. You’re my kind of man, SteJ.

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    • Ste J

      12/07/2016 at 11:24

      Next time I may take a laptop bag and so I can put more in there as well. I am thankful they don’t bother checking the weight of carry on luggage, I found no decent books at the airport, otherwise I would have picked up even more books. The range of books is always disappointing in airports, I find which drives me to buy more books for trips as well. Anything to keep you in book posts really.

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      • Letizia

        12/07/2016 at 15:06

        Airport books are terrible, I agree. There should at least be a section on local authors.

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        • Ste J

          13/07/2016 at 16:09

          Yes or a fall back section of good classics that will always yield something for the reader.

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