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$4 For a Bag of Books? Count Me In!

June 17, 2011 2 comments

Two weeks after my last post stating that I was not going to purchase any more books until I had read the ones that I own I went and bought a bunch more…  Well at the time I kind of forgot about the Public Library’s annual fundraiser: The Friends of the Library Annual book sale!  Today was the last day and also the $4 bag of books sale.  Well I HAD to take advantage of that!  I already broke the rules last week.  I did buy a Stephen King novel at the airport.  And I started a book I borrowed from the library.  Let’s just say my previous post was more of  “guidelines” for my summer reading….

Anyway I would like to share the list of books that I purchased!  (Alphabetical by Title)

A Drink Before the War – Dennis Lehane

An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears

Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Deception Point – Dan Brown

Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King

Marriages and Infidelities – Joyce Carol Oates

Mating – Norman Rush

Paradise – Toni Morrison

Rose Madder – Stephen King

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison

The Balance Within – Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow

The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Supremacy – Robert Ludlum

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Stephen King

The Passion of Artemisia – Susan Vreeland

Underworld – Don DeLillo

Up in the Air – Walter Kirn

White Oleander – Janet Fitch

What an awesome deal.  Except if I move again I will be kicking myself.  And when in three years I have still only read 4 of these I will be kicking myself again.  Oh well, at least its not becoming some sort of problem…or addiction or anything….

Well at least it is a cheap problem!  I am not addicted to buying new books.  Though if perhaps I had a large disposable income I would be.  I will be aware for whenever I have a larger income not to go crazy in B & N!

Oh wait, I forgot one because it is still out in my car.  I also got Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.  I am already reading the first book on the list because I love Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro books 🙂

Maybe I should just make myself frequent this website so I don’t act on my” urges” :


5 Influential Books Read Before age 17

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

After being inspired from this blog I came across today at The Simple Dollar I decided to follow in his footsteps and think back to 5 books that have influenced me personally the most in my 23 years.  I do not think I can place them in order from most to least but I will just put them down as I think of them.

1. The Stand (1978) by Stephen King

Read: 2003 or 2004 when I was 15 or 16

A good friend of mine at the time was into creepy books like this but was really into Dean Koontz books.  The copy I read was over 1000 pages.  I had never read a book that long nor had I ever read or even heard a post-apocalyptic story before besides random tidbits from the book of Revelations in the bible (also from this same friend).  I was totally engrossed and horrified by this story.  It is the epitome of the road novel. For me to imagine our country in ruins and only 1% of the population still alive was something I never imagined could happen before.  This may seem cheesy but it was a stepping stone in my life from innocence to experience.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997) By J.K. Rowling

Read: 2001 or 2002 when I was 13 or 14

Harry Potter

I was a little bit behind the times when I first read this book.  Eighth grade was kind of old to be reading it for the first time.  Plus I did not really want to read it because everyone else really liked it so maybe I did not want to follow the trend.  However, I was hooked from the first book and checked out the same copies from the tiny local library countless times.  My love for this story goes on into my adulthood and am in the middle of reading them all again.  I don’t care if people look down on the books simply because of their phenomenal status or how much money they made or the somewhat annoying fanboys and fangirls of the actors in the movies.  The books are simply fantastic.  I feel like it is really my generation.  When I was 15 I read the 5th book and Harry and Hermione and Ron were also 15.  I felt like we were really connected somehow.  Haha.

3. A Wrinkle In Time (1962) Madeline L’Engle

Read: Not really sure the first time I read it….1999 or 2000 when I was 11 or 12 is my instinct.

I have read this book probably 5-6 times since adolescence and I think that I get a little more out of it each time.  I am pretty sure the first time I read it I was blown away, flabbergasted at the craziness that occurred in the book.  What the heck is going on?  Each subsequent time it just got better and better.  I recently bought the whole set of books but haven’t read them all yet…shame shame.

4. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) by C.S. Lewis

Read: Not really sure the first time I attempted this…probably fifth grade, around 1998.  It was too difficult for me then so I suppose I really read it in the eighth grade, around 2002.

This book was a lot of fun for me to read and I have gone back to it several times.  Along with the previous book I bought the whole set but have yet to read the other books.  Perhaps because I read this in childhood and they had such an impact on me I don’t really feel all that excited to read the others.  It has big, interesting ideas that sparked my imagination.  It was very unlike other books I was reading at the time in elementary school.  Like The Babysitters Club and Goosebumps.  Haha.   Great Children’s Literature right there.

5.  Jane Eyre (1847) Charlotte Bronte

Read: 2005 when I was 17 years old and a senior in AP English class.

It was the first long classic that I read my self through and felt really proud of writing a real research paper on. The crazy wife in the attic totally got me!  This was one of the first books that introduced me to–symbolism.  Wow.  I loved Jane and her strength of character.