Time for some long overdue bookish goodness to be shared on this little neglected blog of mine. While my reading may not have been all that ‘robust’ in the past few months, the book buying certainly seems ‘healthy’ enough. :p

Most of these came from a box sale, where I just had to pay for the box and I get to fill it up as best as I could. The average cost of each book came up to be around USD1 or less. Isn’t that a steal? πŸ™‚

Am really interested in both the John Updike and Will Gompertz books on art criticism. Before this, I only knew of Updike and his Rabbit books which I never did pay much attention to. This book of essays on art seem far more appealing.

Robert D. Kaplan and Rosemary George are both unfamiliar names to me, but with titles such as these, Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History & Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia and the Peloponnese and Treading Grapes: Walking Through The Vineyards of Tuscany, I think I wouldn’t mind getting better acquainted with them.

I love the cover of this one. And in my favourite Penguin Classics edition too! πŸ™‚

Another highlight from the stack was the McCullers. I was most excited with this find, The Mortgaged Heart. Although I have yet to read any of her works, I think I have heard enough of her high praises to be rightly so in anticipating a really good encounter with this one, a collection of her writings that were mostly written before she was nineteen. The fact that her masterpiece (The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter) was published just a few years later when she was only twenty three says much about the quality that can be expected from her teenage writing, I think. By the way, don’t you just love the cover of this one?

IMG_1750aOne can never have too many books about the love of books and the people who collect them. So, of course these two had to come home with me once they were spotted. I am still on the lookout for Basbanes’ classic, A Gentle Madness (love the title!) but for now, Patience & Fortitude will have to do.

IMG_1748aI never knew Sylvia Plath could draw, did you? Well, apparently she did and did quite well too.


IMG_1898aI foresee many pleasurable hours ahead with this haul.




8 thoughts on “Bookish Goodness

  1. Those are real bargains – particularly the Plath and the Nairn at that price! I reviewed the Plath on my blog (I love her drawings) and the Nairn for Shiny New Books – both great books and great finds!


    1. Yes, aren’t they? I must have missed your review on the Plath, will rectify that soon! But your other review on Plath’s Bell Jar made me grab a copy of the book when I had the good fortune of spotting it at a recent sale. πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, some fascinating reads here, Michelle. I love the Plath drawings (and no, I didn’t know she could draw), and the Basbanes. My local used book store just closed (sniff), and I bought a bag of books for $1. They were pretty picked over by the time I got there, but I did find several to take home–nothing as cool as these, though.


    1. Sorry to hear about your local used book store’s fate…. but a bag of books for $1? Wow, that’s quite a hard to beat bargain! The Basbanes should appeal to most of us here I think, for reasons that are obvious enough. :p


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