Thursday, September 18, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Autumn Reading


Autumn is starting (here in the US, anyway), and kids are heading back to school–does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?

Here in Malaysia, it is 'summer' all the way where the sun shines gloriously and rain comes once in a while. To be fair, I would not be able to answer this question 100% because I am sure that if I were given the opportunity to experience different seasons, my heart would probably yearn for different types of books. With that, my reading habits may be affected. For now, everything and anything goes, in favour of my mood. I think I'm in the mood for classics at this moment, as evident in my latest pile of books below.

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MORE Latest Acquisition! Most of the items listed below were highlighted in my recent book review post of Michael Dirda's Book by Book. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote: Dirda recommends the works of Homer (The Iliad and The Odyssey), Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice), Arthur Conan Doyle (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), Vladimir Nabokov (Pnin and Lolita), Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary) and a whole load of other classic goodies. For fans of science fiction and fantasy, he suggests reading Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, Jack Vance's The Dying Earth, or Jonathan Carroll's The Land of Laughs.

Another 'happy box' received from Kinokuniya today Pile 1 from the box:
1) Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
2) The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
3) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Pile 2, The Book of the New Sun - A tetralogy by Gene Wolfe broken down in two volumes:
1) Volume 1: Shadow and Claw
2) Volume 2: Sword and Citadel
Pile 3: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
And finally, the following:
1) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
2) Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
3) The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
These books will be my own advance birthday presents. *GRIN*

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