Friday, October 5, 2018
The Bibliophile Sweater Tag
I wasn't tagged with this specifically -- I found it at The Book Hound, and RM Lutz tagged anyone who wanted to steal it, so... here I am, stealing the tag. Like a year after it was posted. Because that is exactly what my life is like right now.
I'm not just busy these days, I am STUPID BUSY. Like, so busy it makes me stupid sometimes. I hate it. I need to unload something from my pile of life, but every time I try, something else jumps on the haywagon and I'm overloaded again. GRR. ARGH.
Anyway, here are the rules of the tag, which I am merrily disregarding because... I can. (Just like I'm ignoring my laundry today...)
1. Give the person who tagged you an endless supply of cookies. (If I knew where she lived, I would.)
2. Answer the questions and use the blog graphic. (Check.)
3. Pass along the tag. (If you want to steal this from me, go ahead.)
4. Wear a sweater. (I only own one sweater, and while it's been cold-ish here again lately, I really don't want to wear it. I don't like sweaters.)
Fuzzy Sweater -- The Epitome of Comfort
I turn to Rex Stout's mysteries starring Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe whenever I need cheering up. They always do the trick. I've collected all of them over the years, but only read about a third so far. They get their own shelf in my library -- all the ones to the right of the Nero Wolfe Cookbook are the ones I've read and the ones to the left of it are the ones I haven't gotten to yet.
Striped Sweater -- A Book You Devoured Every Line Of
I can't help inhaling The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery when I read it. I simply can't read it slowly! I chomp my way through it as quickly as possible because it's soooooooooo delicious.
Ugly Christmas Sweater -- Book with a Weird Cover
I took a pretty picture of it for #AustenInAugust on Instagram, but this copy of Persuasion by Jane Austen has a very weird cover. Look at the person on the cover! I assume it's supposed to be Anne Elliot, but WHAT is going on with her clothes? Her butt seriously cannot be that huge, and bustles weren't a thing during the Regency, so why is this even on this cover? The more I look at it, the more it bothers me.
Cashmere Sweater -- Most-Expensive Book
I just ordered a used copy of My Lost City: Personal Essays 1920-1940 by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Amazon for $29.95. I am CRAZY excited about this! This is probably not the most money I've ever spent on one book, but it's close, cuz I buy a lot of my books used. But the reason I'm putting it here (and the reason I'm excited) is that used copies of this book usually go for between $70 and $200. I've been wanting to read this book for ages and ages, but cost prohibited me. Well, thanks to meandering around my Amazon wish list yesterday, I saw that there was an affordable copy on offer and snatched it up. I should get it this weekend. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Hoodie -- Favorite Classic
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte... but you probably knew that already. If you've been reading my blogs for more than like a month, anyway. I even led a read-along of it a couple years ago.
Cardigan -- Book Purchased on Impulse
I'm not a big impulse buyer for books UNLESS I'm at a library book sale or yard sale where books are only a dollar. This is why I have such high ratings for books on Goodreads -- I don't read books I don't already know something about and think I'll like. I don't have time to read all the books I WILL like, so why waste my very limited time on books I know I won't?
But anyway. I bought Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle at the library's semi-annual book sale last year, not knowing anything about it except what the cover told me, namely that it's a mystery that involves coffee and takes place around Christmas. It's been languishing on my TBR bookcase in the basement ever since. I'm hoping to read it this winter.
Turtleneck Sweater -- Book from Your Childhood
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley was my favorite book from age 7 until I was in my early 30s and finally admitted to myself that I like Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo better. It's still my 3rd-favorite book, though. HUGE part of my childhood. I used to spend so much time imagining I was Alec Ramsay, marooned on an island, with a horse for my best friend. Days and days and days living in that world in my head, while my parents just saw me doing my schoolwork and chores.
I re-read The Black Stallion as an adult a few years ago, and while I now can see that much of it is wildly implausable and hinges on massive coincidences... I don't care. At all. I still adore it. And to be honest, my other two favorite books have lots of coincidences in them too. I don't mind coincidences!
(I read 3 or 4 of the other books in the series and they were meh, in my humble childhood opinion.)
Homemade Knitted Sweater -- Indie Book
Getting so excited for the release of Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen at the end of October! I got to read an ARC of it to review for Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife, and my review will be out in a few weeks! I'll post about it here too, don't worry. This book is fantastic -- meaty and deep and about so many of the hard things in life... but the good things, too.
V-neck Sweater -- A Book that Didn't Meet Your Expectations
Longbourn by Jo Baker. Do yourself a favor and don't read it if you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice and want to keep liking Austen's characters. Calling it a disappointment is a dire understatement.
Argyle Sweater -- Book with a Weird Format
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which is told in overlapping circles, like the stories are ripples in a pond, intersecting and widening and changing all the time. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I wrapped my head around the non-linear storytelling, I really dug it.
Polka Dot Sweater -- A Book with Well-Rounded Characters
Middlemarch by George Eliot is breathtaking when it comes to fantastically deep characterizations.
That's all, folks! Happy autumn to all of you :-) I'm not tagging anyone with this, so if you want to play, then play!