Lazy Sunday Thoughts: A Pooh Weekend

As Winnie the Pooh would say it's been a blustery day or actually weekend. The kind of day that makes me want to stay under the covers and read. What I'm reading now is Villette by Charlotte Bronte with my online bookclub. It has its ups and downs. It's no Jane Eyre.

After organizing my shelves this week I had to go and ruin it by buying more books. Yes, I know, bad me but it wasn't my fault. Fate conspired against me. First of all, I took two boxes of books to the used book store and in return got $34 in bookstore credit. It's like finding money in an old jacket! It's free money! That's rationalizing for you. Since I was there and everything, how could I not, you know, take a look around? I was good. I bought 2 books only:
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (to be fair this is a bookclub pick later this year)
  • An Orange from Portugal- a collection of Christmas stories from Maritime writers (I wanted this one for awhile and with Christmas coming now is the time)
Then the library book sale was this week. That only comes twice a year. Paperbacks for $2 & hardcovers for $3. I'm too cheap to say no. There weren't as many paperbacks this time around. That was disappointing. I did find:
  • Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brien (I later realized I already had this. Argh!)
  • Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  • A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
For the girl I bought, 2 Ramona books, A Magic Treehouse and an Animal Ark book.

And lastly, Penguin sent me Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. It's a fictional account of Mary Anning, one of the first female paleontologists who discovered the ichthyosaur.

So, I'm plodding along through the first week of NaNoWriMo and it's an interesting experiment that's for sure. I'll have much more to say about it when the month is up. An unfortunate side effect is that I'm jonesing for a new book to read. I keep giving my bookshelves sidelong glances. "Hello my friends. Can't hang out with you right now." It's very hard.


Annnnnnd... It's that time of year again. Time to sign up for Book Bloggers Holiday Swap. I'm mulling it over but I think I'm going to sign on. It's fun to give book related gifts to book bloggers.


  1. Remarkable Creatures is a wonderful book. I hope you like it as much as I did. I gave it a 9 out of 10:

  2. The new books are always there to tempt us even as we are getting rid of others. Argh!

  3. I think books are like stray animals - they're just looking for a good home and know a sucker when they see one.

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

  4. "If you don't want (can't afford more likely) to buy books, don't walk in a bookstore" is my rule. As you say, it was free money anyway!

    I had a look at that Book Blogger Holiday Swap; I think I will sign up. It looks like good fun!

  5. Totally not your fault! All that extra $$$ and good deals were heckling you! I would've been very very bad.

    Thanks for the reminder about the holiday swap! I've now officially signed up.

  6. I've read Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring a couple of times and wholly enjoyed it; I hope you like it too!

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