Monday, December 29, 2014

Adopting Used Books


Well, I did not get any books for Christmas, but today I visited my awesome library's used bookstore and found several books to take home with me.  All of this was only $8.00, and they are in excellent reading condition.  If books had feelings, I bet they were excited to have a new home. 

Here is what I adopted:

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (One Austen I did not have.)

The Pioneers - James Fenimore Cooper (I would like to get The Deerslayer because The Pioneers is the fourth of five in the Leatherstocking Tales, and I am planning to read Last of the Mohicans, number two in the series, in 2015.  Well, whatever.  I am already reading them out of order.)

The Plague - Albert Camus (I totally disagreed with Camus in The Stranger, so I don't know why I bought this one.)

Four Great Plays - Henrik Ibsen (This will come in handy for a play I was researching for my "Back to the Classics" Challenge.)

Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather (How did they know that I highly coveted this one????)

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

Notes on the State of Virginia - Thomas Jefferson  (This one was written by Jefferson in his first term as governor of Virginia in response to a French inquiry about the experiment of the newly formed thirteen states of America.)

This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald  

The Help - Kathryn Stockett  (Loved this movie!)

19 comments:

  1. I have adopted Ibsen's Four Plays too this year. I will read A Doll's House in March for "Play On" challenge.

    "The Help" is a good book, I loved it, but haven't watched the movie.

    I am very curious about Camus. I'd read The Stranger next year, and will keep in mind to read your thoughts after I finish the book.

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    1. That's what I was thinking about: A Doll's House.

      You have to see the movie now that you've read The Help. It was really well done.

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  2. I'm doing a read-along of The Plague in January if you want to join in (on Booklikes). I actually like Camus because even though his outlook is bleak, he himself hopes that it isn't true. And he does advocate for good moral actions even in the face of those actions being worthless. I guess that I just have a soft spot for him. Otherwise I have complete impatience with other existentialists.

    Death Comes for the Archbishop is a wonderful, wonderful read. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    Oh I just love posts like this! Adopting books, I think, is even better than getting new ones!

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    1. Hmmm, The Plague is a short one. I'll see about fitting it in. In the Stranger, if I remember correctly, he seemed to say his life didn't matter, and I couldn't have disagreed more with him. It was really sad.

      Yeah, I CANNOT wait to read Death Comes b/c it sounded really good. And Willa Cather has not disappointed me, yet.

      And yes! Me, too! I love used books. These books are in such good condition; some look totally unread!

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  3. The Plague was one of the best books I read in 2014. It's brilliant. I haven't read the Stranger (yet) so I can't compare but from things I've seen a lot of people prefer the Plague.

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    1. Well, this is reassuring to me. So if you're saying that people prefer The Plague, then I am more encouraged to give it a try. Thanks!

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  4. Ooh. I loved used books. In fact, almost my entire library comes from library book sales. What a great list of finds! I would also love to read The Plague someday.

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    1. Me, too! Library books sales are the best! And used books on Amazon.com for 1 penny + $3.99 shipping. : D

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  5. I remember read The Help strasight through for a 24-hour readathon. It kept my attention! :-)

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    1. Wow! How nice. And good to know. The movie was excellent.

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  6. I have The Deerslayer to read. As I looked through it, I saw some very beautiful imagery. I never had the desire to read The Leatherstocking Tales until recently when I was reading a blurb about James Fenimore Cooper. The Deerslayer is up in 2015.

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    1. Oh, good. If I like The Last of the Mohicans this year, I'll want to get the Deerslayer next before I read The Pioneers. So I'll look forward to see what you think of DS.

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  7. What a nice stack :) I've only read "A farewell to arms" and I loved it. Hope it will be the same for you.

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    1. Same here. People love or hate Hemingway very strongly, and it is my hope that I will continue to appreciate his work. So I'm going in with an open mind.

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  8. Awesome! I love library book sales :-D

    Let's see... I've read "Northanger Abbey" (love it!), "A Farewell to Arms" (not a fan), "This Side of Paradise" (not a fan), and "The Help" (glad I read it, but didn't love it). I've wanted to read the Leatherstocking Tales for years and years, but still haven't. I also really want to read "Death Comes to the Archbishop." And I'm not a huge fan of Ibsen, but thanks to various college lit classes, I've read "A Doll's House" three times.

    Happy new year!

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    1. So which titles of Fitzgerald do you like most? since I know you do like him. Let me know. I'm still looking for others.

      I have to read a play for one of my challenges, and I am not very well read in plays. So this was recommended to me, and I thought the synopsis was interesting. I hope I like it b/c I'm reading it starting tomorrow.

      Happy New Year!!!

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    2. With both Fitzgerald and Hemingway, I tend to love the way they write more than the stories they tell. But I do have things of theirs I definitely enjoy. I did like "The Great Gatsby" so much when I reread it earlier this year, and I very much enjoyed the two short-story collections I read this year too, "Flappers and Philosophers" and "Tales of the Jazz Age." I wouldn't mind owning both of those, if I find them at the library sale, or possibly cheap on Amazon or at the used bookstore.

      Now that I know "This Side of Paradise" is largely autobiographical, I want to reread it, because I think I would get a very different appreciation out of it.

      As for "A Doll's House," it's definitely worth reading! I only disliked it because I disliked the characters, not because it was badly written.

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  9. Awesome selection of books you found. I used to be a "book prude" and only bought new books, but now I love used books, especially library used book sales. So much more bang for your buck.

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    1. Absolutely! I think new books are really expensive, although some are totally worth it. (But what I do to books while I read them...!!! No, it makes no sense for me to buy beautiful, new books.)

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