Tuesday, July 10, 2018

4th of July Book Haul

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This 4th of July was a hot one. One of those where you shower and go out and then come home and shower again because it's so hot. Did that stop me from going to the annual book sale?

Pfft. What a question. 

Complete with water and rolling cart to carry books (very smart suggestion, made by le mama, which I was super happy with later) I trecked off to the library. Tables and tables of books in the hot sun. Filing around rows of books with other eager bibliophiles. 

Much bliss. 

So here's what I picked up (disclaimer: I haven't read most if not all of these books, and some of them are interesting general market books but may contain content that I probably wouldn't fully endorse/may end up discarding later. If you know of yucky content, I'd love to hear about it!)

The Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Pie Society
GUYS. A movie adaptation with Lily James releasing in just a month! It looks fantastic! I hope it's good--I was over the moon to find this book (plus a copy for an author friend of mine.) 

The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder 
This book is about a boy who associates things in his life with different colors. But the color of murder disturbs him, and he needs to find out what caused the death of one of his neighbors. Note: I just flipped through the first pages, and it looks like it may contain a mature theme. I possibly won't be continuing. 

The Book Thief
When I was younger, I turned up my nose at the moral premise of stealing books. Now I'd actually like to consider the story, because it seems to be a powerful one. 

The Five Love Languages of Children 
I've never actually read a full book on the five love languages, but I've taken the test and found it helpful. I flipped through this edition at another place recently and thought it might have some helpful insights in it  (especially because I'm rarely around children.)

The Help
I don't know about all the content in here, but like The Book Thief, this seems to be a powerful story, so I thought I'd pick it up and consider it, especially due to the themes of racial injustice. After To Kill a Mockingbird and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, I'd love to see the theme further on in history. 

90 Minutes in Heaven
I was able to hear Don Piper speak once at a writer's conference. His story made sense to me, but I thought it would be worth reading the entire book to see if all of it bears out with my current understanding of Scripture. 

Good to Great, by Jim Collins
I just heard of this book--it contains the 20-mile march principle from Amundsen's race with Scott to the north pole. Amundsen marched consistently 20 miles a day, and I love how they apply this concept to all of life. I thought it would be interesting to explore further. It's for businesses, so I don't know if a lot of it will apply, but we'll give it a shot. 

Friday's Child, by Georgette Heyer
I haven't read a Georgette Heyer, but really want to! There were several to choose from but I didn't know which one to get, all the sads, so I picked one by title and hoped for the best. 

Romeo and Juliet 
Currently on a Shakespeare kick. I wanted to get The Merchant of Venice, but that one was a school copy with markings in it, so I thought I'd wait for one with clean pages. And one of the other collections I thought about switching out for was gone by the time I went back. All the sads. 

The Princess Bride 
Hopefully good for laughs. 

Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World
Both beautiful and the same editions. Just found out The Far Side of the World is #10. Oh, well. I'm good at reading the endings of things first. ;) :cheeky chuckle: 

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I
I already have a couple of editions of Sherlock Holmes. But this one was the same cover I checked out from our home library and read first. I couldn't resist. The sentiment was strong with this one, and it's the perfect travel copy. 

Gone With The Wind
My two goals this year are to read Gone With The Wind and Wuthering Heights so I know the stories and my mom and I can chat about them together. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass 
Please be enchanting! When's the best atmosphere to read this book? 

The Iliad and The Odyssey 
I hadn't thought of any books ahead of time, but I thought this one would be cool to read ahead of time. I've heard Aimee Meester recommend it, and it sounds fun, so I was super happy it turned up!

Have you picked up any books recently? What's on your summer reading stack? 


  1. I'd love to look through The Five Love Languages of Children when you are done reading it! I have thought about just purchasing it since I'm around children so much. What are your thoughts?

    1. I think it would be worth it! I bet it would give a lot of examples, and it would be interesting to get your thoughts once we're both finished reading it, since you have hands-on experience with kids! :)

  2. I bought some Great Courses cds at our library sale in the spring. The most recent books I've bought were at Half-Price's Memorial Day sale I think. A Nancy Drew Set and a stunning Sherlock Holmes set among others.

    My TBR for summer is what I currently have from the librarys which is a total of close to 50 books, some of which I'm not planning on reading straight through.

    Right now I'm trying to finish up one library's adult summer reading; we pick 10 books that match 10 catagories we like from a list of 25. I read an Agatha Christie (mystery), and I’m reading Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know (discovery/invention) and Celtic Fairy Tales (book set in a place you want to travel). I’ll be reading Andy Catlett: Early Travels: A Novel; A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of The Port William Membership; Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder; The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; and Little House in The Big Woods. And then I have to pick 2 more. And these are all supposed to be done by July 31st.

    I’m in the middle of editing and backing up my TBR list. I’m constantly gathering new books to read from all the blogs I like; I just love when people post and comment about books they are reading!

    1. Your list sounds so amazing and full of interesting information, Livia! That's an amazing amount of reading! The Celtic Fairy Tales sounds especially intriguing, and so does the Treasure Hunt book!

  3. Wow great books! I can't wait for the Lily James movie!!! I haven't read the book but I hope it's good.

    My sister read The Book Thief and In pretty sure there's some language in it. But it's supposed to be really good and the movie is worth watching as well.

    Ohh, I've read The Help! It's got some mature content but it's still very much worth the read in my opinion. It's been a while, but I think there's some language in one particular scene and there's a naked crazy man in a backyard at some point who's crude. So you could skim that, but it is part of a character arc. :P The movie for that one is wonderful as well.

    I hope you enjoy all your new books ^.^

    1. I can't wait either!! I need to find a local friend with Netflix, haha.

      Oo, such helpful thoughts on The Book Thief and The Help. I really appreciate hearing from someone who's read it (and liked it!)

      Thank you so much! ^_^

  4. Oh Schuyler! What great books you found. I have read a few of these and you're welcome to email or private message me specific questions on them if you like.
    I *loved* the Book Thief. It had a unique perspective, one which took me a moment to get into, but once I did I was spellbound by it. It is sort of sad, but it has some moments that will make you laugh. There is also a film adaption, which is not half bad.
    The Help is one of those stories that makes you just have emotions that you can't hold in. I laughed out loud at places (I normally just laugh to myself) and other places I wanted to just cry. Sometimes it is heartbreaking. Sometimes it is graphic. Sometimes it is also... awkward, lol. If you have specific questions about this one let me know. It is, however, a powerful story and so full of warmth. I have often wanted to read it over. There's also a film adaption for this (which leaves out one of the more awkward scences, thank goodness!) that's also pretty good.
    Alice in Wonderland is best read during lazy summer days among the sounds of birds. There is not a lot of plot, but there is some if you are careful to look for it. I have an annotated version with very interesting little sidenotes and have learned that Alice in Wonderland was also quite the political commentary for its day! I like the first one better than the second, and enjoy the word plays in both.

    1. Liz, your thoughts are a gem. I appreciate them all the more knowing you, and this makes me all the more eager to dive into these books and treasure them! I can't wait!

      Oo, Alice in Wonderland sounds perfect for the last bit of summer when my book challenge is over and before the teaching year starts!

  5. Good haul! I read "Guernsey" a couple years back and enjoyed it. I am about to reread it for my church's book club. "The Book Thief" is so worth it, although there is A LOT of language. "The Help" is also really, really good! Some language, but not as heavy as Book Thief. Like Abigayle mentioned, crazy man in the backyard scene is the only part I remember being out there but it's easy to skip over and only lasts about a page or so.

    I recently bought a few Hyer books to try out, a collection of John Steinbeck's shorter novels, a few Mary Stewart novels, and "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok, which I'm reading now.

    1. I can't wait for Guernsey! Oo, and I loved The Chosen when I read it! I hope you enjoy it too!


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