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I need to be stopped!

Seriously, I can’t stop.  It’s some insane compulsion inside me that makes me buy books that I don’t really need but I find ways to justify my purchases with excuses like: 1) That’s a really good discount! or 2) It’s on my list of books that i want to read.    The fact that I have 2 huge stacks of unread literature doesn’t seem to stop me or bring me to my senses.

On that note, here are the purchases of the day:

1.  Tess of the d’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy(on my list)

2.  Runaway – Alice Munro (on sale 16$ down from 22$)

3.  Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land – John Crowley (reg. price $20.50 University bookstore price $6.99)

What is my problem? 

In other exciting news:
I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

I love her!  The other possible results wouldn’t have been too bad either though.  Anyway, I must go off to do my mountains of homework. 

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I have returned

Ok, so it’s been a while.  I went through this period where I felt that I didn’t have anything to write that was worth posting.  I don’t know why.  But, in the meantime, I have read a few more books and purchased quite a few more.  So that’s exciting news.  Since I last wrote, I’ve finished Philip Pullman’s Ruby in the Smoke the first book in the Sally Lockhart novel series.  It’s a very good book for teenagers I think.  Historical mystery fiction for the teen set with a female heroine.  I would recommend it for my young cousins.  The reason I read it was that for my English in Education class, we have to choose 4 books that we might be able to suggest for our future students and make original book reports for them.  You know, like book in a box, or bookmarks; something other than the boring “This is what I read and here’s what happens report”

Next came Kim Edwards’ The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.  I saw the book all over other blogs, bookstores and Amazon.ca so I figured it must be ok.  Soooooo good! 4/5 bookmarks.  It’s the story of a young doctor and his wife who give birth to twins during a snowstorm in the early 1960’s.  The first born, a son, comes out perfectly healthy but the second child, a little girl, is born with Down Syndrome.  The wife passes out before she can see the birth of her daughter so the doctor decides to save his wife the heartache of raising an imperfect child and tells his nurse to take the baby to an institution a few cities away.  He tells his wife that the baby died during birth.  The nurse, however, cannot leave the baby in the institution once she sees the place and decides to run away and raise the baby herself.  The results of these actions drive the rest of the plot.  It’s really good.  Any parent who has a child with a disability should read it.  Everyone should actually.

Following this comes Tennesse Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.  This came off of my stack (which is technically now 2 stacks totalling about 60 books).  I had to buy this play for my Images of Women in Literature class from my first semester of University.  The class was running short on time so my prof took it off of the syllabus.  I just now got around to reading it.  It was a really quick read so I don’t know why it took so long to read it.  It’s a very interesting story about a women, Blanche DuBois, who goes to New Orleans to visit her sister and how she is treated by her brother in law.  Blanche is an extremely pathetic character.  She puts on airs as if she is better than everyone and above her sister in class and social stature but we find out later on that she is not really what she seems to be.  Anyway, it’s quite a good read.  I’ll have to see the play if it ever comes to Windsor or rent the movie.

So, here’s the list of books I’ve purchased in the last three weeks

1.  The Eustace Diamonds – Anthony Trollope

2.  Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (in English)

3.  Germinal – Emile Zola (in English)

4.  The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

5.  Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

6.  4 books of poetry for 4 dollars each (Brontes, Christina Rossetti, Tennyson, and Oscar Wilde)

I’ll try to keep up to date.

See you soon!

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