new arrivals

It’s always great to come home (after a long weekend away, in this case) to find a new book on the doorstep.  With several shelves full of unread books, I’ve been trying to limit my purchases of new ones, but a great review of Jack Murnighan’s Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits intrigued me enough to order it. I’m hoping it will assuage my constant guilt at not having tackled enough of the classics while giving me some direction as to which ones to hit next.

I also lucked into several thrift store finds over the weekend that I couldn’t pass up

— A practically new copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society for $2

— A very gently used hardback copy of Katherine Paterson’s Lyddie — one of Paterson’s several great YA novels — to replace my tired paperback version

— A set of three “Charming Classics” — The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Anne of Green Gables. Though I read and enjoyed the first two, my only attempt at reading Anne years and years ago was not a successful one. But I’ve heard from enough people that it’s one of the absolute classics of children’s literature, so I know I should give it another chance.

        The final recent addition to my shelves is an ARC from LibraryThing of Dan Chaon’s new novel, Await Your Reply, which arrived last week.  I haven’t read Chaon before, but after getting through the first several (brief) chapters, it appears to be promising.

        What’s new on your shelves?

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        ~ by Molly on July 6, 2009.

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