I’ve been caught in yet another reading slump — 2020 is not my year, apparently.
However, one thing that always works me out of a slouch is a trip to my local bookstore, Mr. K’s. The store is full of stacked books, and I honestly spend way too much time in there — the classics section is where I am happiest. Mr. K’s also offers store credit for books, so it keeps my shopping sprees pretty cheap.
I had some store credit and a free afternoon, so I took a dive into the books and began my search. I circled the entire store a good 2-3 times, unashamed. There were some books I had to leave behind until next time; however, as you can tell by the picture above, I snagged some pretty solid reads (fingers crossed!).
As you probably noticed, this haul was consists of primarily classics. I haven’t been reading as many classics as usual since I graduated, but I miss my precious literary fiction. I’m also hoping to go back to school in the near future, so I’d like to get back into the swing of digesting dense novels.
Enough of my blabbering, let’s get to the good stuff!
Sadly, I regret not picking up Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself when I noticed it — I’d really like to learn more about the cosmos and space in general. Hopefully it’ll be there the next go around!
Metamorphosis – Ovid
This book is one of those I’ve been meaning to get to for years, but I never convinced myself to actually buy it (why do we do this as humans?). I finally said enough was enough and bought the thing — I think the fact that it was only $3 helped a lot.
Like many of the books I buy, I’m not too familiar with Ovid’s Metamorphosis other than it’s popularity. I’m assuming it is about a character (or characters) that undergo some type of change. Since I’ve recently read Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, which deal with characters physically changing, I’m super interested in seeing how Ovid’s compares.
Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
Much like Ovid, D. H. Lawrence is one of those writers that I’ve had on my radar for quite a while. I was originally going to get Lady Chatterley’s Lover, but Sons and Lovers just so happened to catch my eye that particular day.
Again, I don’t know anything about this book, but for some reason, I feel like I’ll really enjoy D. H. Lawrence’s stories if I would simply read one. I hope to pick this one up pretty soon!
Candide – Voltaire
I’m sucker for anything French: literature, food, music, everything. Naturally, I’m dying to pick up Voltaire’s Candide.
Whenever I’m more comfortable with the French language, I’d like to try and read Candide in it’s truest form. I’ve heard it’s fairly simple French, but I’m hoping that having an understanding of the story will help me in the translation.
This book is a pretty short read, so hopefully I can knock it out in only a day or two.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laelos
Yet another French classic!
Next to Candide, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is the most talked about French classic that I’ve encountered. Set in 18th century France, right before the revolution, this novel seems like the perfect sultry, drama-filled novel that I’ve been waiting for. Since I’m an absolute sucker for romance and revenge, I have a pretty good feeling about this one.
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle
I love perusing the cultural/religious studies section of the bookstore, and I’m so happy that I stumbled upon John Ehle’s book about the Cherokee Nation.
Since East Tennessee was the original location of the Cherokee Nation, as well as tragically and immorally taken from them, I’d like to learn more about them. According to my dad, one of my great-grandmothers was 100% Cherokee. I don’t know if it’s because of that, but I’ve always loved learning about Native American culture and history.
It’s a true travesty how the US education system portrays the genocide of Indigenous Americans. It’s not something to gloss over or take lightly, and I look forward to reteaching myself more about these groups and what happened to them.
I’ve never heard of Ehle’s book, but it has a Goodreads rating of 4.16, so I’m hoping it will be a good start in my Native American studies.
The Merciless – Danielle Vega
Funny enough, Vega’s novel is a book I bought a while ago; however, I recently got it back from a friend and figured I would include it in this haul since I’ve never read it.
Danielle Vega’s The Merciless is the first in a YA horror series. I read online somewhere that it’s a mix between Mean Girls and the Exorcist, so it obviously has potential. I do feel like I’ll either really love or really hate; sometimes those are the hardest books to ever pick up.
The Merciless is one of those series that I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about, but it seems to intriguing not to at least try out. Kat from paperbackdreams said the first book was pretty good, but the rest of them were not worth the read. We’ll see if I end up taking her advice on that or (potentially) torturing myself through the entire series.
The Book of Love – Diane Ackerman & Jeanne Mackin
At last, we have The Book of Love edited by Diane Ackerman and Jeanne Mackin. This anthology contains multiple writing selections from famous literature texts discussing love in all of its forms, from flirtation and marriage to jealousy and heartbreak.
While in college, I wrote a few papers on love and relationships. It’s one of those topics that greatly intrigues me, perhaps because love makes people do crazy things. If I ever need to write future papers discussing themes of love, I’ll be able to quickly find other resources with this book. It is, perhaps, one of my most favorite purchases to date. What a great find!
The Excitement and Panic
Buying more books truly helps my reading slumps, seeing that I’m now hurrying to write this so I can start reading as soon as possible. However, if you saw my bookshelf tour, you’ll know my TBR shelf is getting quite full.
I always feel a sort of panic when buying new books to add to my TBR, but I try to remember that I have a whole lifetime to read all of these magnificent books!
What books have you recently picked up? I would love to know!