Friday, July 27, 2007
Shhh, I'm reading. I'm finally in the Harry Potter loop. My copy arrived from Amazon.co.uk yesterday, and I'm finally actually reading the book everyone finished last weekend.
I always get the UK edition, because that's how I was first introduced to Harry. My mom brought back a copy of the first book from a trip to England, and I got hooked. Now it's a nostalgic thing.
And I like the cover art and the size of the book better than the U.S. editions. Plus I like the English spellings, and the fact they don't switch out "jumper" for "sweater", and that other little Britishisms survive. Does anyone else have an opinion about U.S. vs. English Harry Potter cover art?
My son (age 11) is already in the middle of the U.S. edition, because he just couldn't wait any longer for the UPS truck, and I'm cool with it if he spends his money on books. Fine with me.
And I have a new stack of books, some courtesy of BookMooch.
Imani at The Books of My Numberless Dreams wrote temptingly about this Arden edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) so I had to get it.
And Sarah at Book Buff in Oz and bookfool at Bookfoolery and Babble both mooched Anita Brookner's Hotel Du Lac at the same time I did, which I thought was funny. I suggested a tiny book group discussion :)
A while back Matt at A Variety of Words and John at The Book Mine Set, and probably more, but I don't recall, read Blindness (Harvest Book) by Jose Saramago, and I remember being intrigued by the reviews and discussions the book sparked. So here it is on my pile.
Lotus at Lotus Reads wrote a review of Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time which I thought was wonderful. She always reads such thought-provoking books.
I read about this book, I, California by Stacey Grenrock Woods, on a local website, and it sounded like a funny riff on Southern California.
Annie Dillard's new book The Maytrees: A Novelis out, so my husband got that for me. I feel like I must have read about this on someone's blog--let me know if it was you...
Water for Elephants: A Novel seemed to be everywhere, so that was a no-brainer.
And now I've got another pile of books to keep me busy for quite some time.