I've been trying to throw myself into books whenever I get too tired to grade papers or work on Library Science classes, so I've finally finished The Graveyard Book! And I bawled like a baby when I turned the final page. Next week's Bibliobuffet column will be a review, so I hope y'all like it!
And since I've forgotten to mention it, my latest column is a review of Tricia Dower's short story collection, Silent Girl. It was a great book, so go read about it. I gush. I really do.
So the other day, while mom was drugged up and having her mouth invaded by the endodontist, I did what all good daughters do. I went to Starbucks for a white chocolate mocha and a slice of lemon poundcake, and then I shopped for books! There's a Half-Price Books right around the corner from the coffee shop, so I thought it my obligation to at least take a quick look. I found a few fantastic goodies:
The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart - Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities? When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
I've heard fantastic things about this book, so I was sooo excited to find a copy in great shape for a ridiculously low price. It was truly a heck of a bargain buy.
Daisy Miller, by Henry James - Daisy Miller travels to Europe with her wealthy, commonplace mother and in her innocence and audacity offends convention and seems to compromise her reputation.
When B. and I first adopted Daisy the dog, I actually really made my head hurt trying to come up with a fitting literary name for her. I finally decided on Daisy never thinking that, given my last name, she was indeed named after a literary character! Now I have to read James's book to see what kind of reputation I've accidentally inflicted on my pup.
Finally, while I was at the library today working on some information hunt assignments, I couldn't resist checking out...
I found the details in her first novel, Garden Spells, so wonderfully decadent that I anticipate The Sugar Queen will be a perfect nearing-the-holidays read.
The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen - Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…
My stacks just keep growing with no signs of slowing (singing the song from the old Wonka movie in my head...the part where they're in the boat going through the cave). I could stop, but I love it! Why squelch a good time, right?