Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Some More Book Shopping

Oh Half Price Books ... why must you send me 40 and 50 percent coupons when I already have a large TBR pile?

Recently, I acquired these books at very reasonable prices --

First, a hardcover of The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, a look at the life of Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley) and the night that a house party spawned the world's most well-known monster. This is the same writing duo as The Crimes of Paris which I thought was well researched and executed. We all know that I'm a huge Frankenstein fan as well.

Then a hardcover of Icelander by Dustin Long, a surreal mystery told by multiple narrators and set in Iceland. I remembered hearing about this book but I have no idea if it was supposed to be good or not. I just loved the cover and I love Iceland.

I got a paperback Oxford copy of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, the classic tale of strong women and their influence on an entire community. I watched the miniseries when it was on and really loved the characters so I can't wait to read this book. It's also on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.

Finally, I found Ghost Stories by Muriel Spark, a collection of, obviously, eight ghost stories that I plan on reading in the fall. One of these stories is in the Roald Dahl ghost story collection that I reviewed last fall and I really liked it so I have high hopes for this one.

Z got Sharks (Eyewitness Books) because little boys love sharks and Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond because the day that kids stop growing up knowing about Paddington Bear is a sad, sad day.

Always on the lookout for books,
K and Z


  1. Sounds like a great list of bargains that you got. I have had Frankenstien on my bookshelf for ages and I have been meaning to read it since I got it. I read Cranford last year and it is a really good read.
    Big Hugs, Bethxx

  2. Scattie - You definitely need to read Frankenstein. It's not at all what you would think it would be based on the Hollywood Frankensteins.