Friday, July 02, 2010

My Stash, Your Stash, Everywhere a Book Stash

The Nook is an addiction largely because I can download anything at any time. While I used to do silly things like sleep through the night and wait for the bookstore to open in the morning, now I can just order from bed whenever the mood strikes. My self-control was called into question today when Kim shared a link to free American classics e-books from Barnes and Noble. Really, how can anyone say NO to a free book? E- or otherwise?

As readers, I think most of us would admit to craning our necks on buses, planes, and trains to see what our fellow passengers are reading...or just flat-out pawing people's bookshelves when given the chance. It's always sort of fun and brings out the voyeur in every reader when we can sneak a peek at others' collections. In the spirit of bookish investigation, I thought I'd share what I've downloaded to my Nook in the few short months I've had it. It's really almost shameful. Almost. These are ordered from my first downloads to my latest (as of 10 minutes ago).
  • Little Women (Alcott) - pre-loaded
  • Dracula (Stoker) - pre-loaded
  • The House of the Seven Gables (Hawthorne)
  • The Help (Stockett)
  • Persuasion (Austen)
  • The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (Verne)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hugo)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Twain)
  • Jane Eyre (Bronte)
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon (Addison-Allen)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (Macomber)
  • The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Hieber)
  • My Antonia (Cather)
  • God Don't Like Ugly (Monroe)
  • Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
  • Vanity Fair (Thackeray)
  • Adam Bede (Eliot)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer and Barrows)
  • The Passage (Cronin)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Hockensmith)
  • Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
  • Leaves of Grass (Whitman)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (Stowe)
  • Daisy Miller and Washington Square (James)
Can you tell most of the classics are free?? Sadly, I don't really read classics *that* often, but this way I figure I'm never stuck without a book. And in my defense, I intend to read each and every one of these classics at some point (famous last words).

So what books have you been stashing lately?


  1. I've been stashing a lot of books lately especially ARCs and almost everything I've bought this year. A few of the books in my stash:

    Big Machine by Victor LaSalle
    Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
    Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr

  2. And I haven't heard of any of these, so I'll have to investigate them now, and I'll probably see something I like, and then I'll have more titles to add to nook!

  3. Just picked up Dracula in Love by Karen Essex as an ARC. Can't wait to dive in!

  4. I love trying to see what other people are reading. I was on the subway the other day craning my neck and trying to see what everyone was reading. i ried to read Dracula a few years ago, but couldn't really focus on it at the time. I would love to be able to give it a try soon. I am really looking forward to both Dracula in Love, and Dracula My Love. He seems to be making a comeback.

  5. I've got:
    White is for Witching (read)
    The Scent of Rain and Lightning (read)
    The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
    Huck Finn
    Little Women
    The Unnamed (read and archived)
    Daddy Long Legs (read and archived)
    How to Paint a Dead Man
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Secret of Everything

    That ended up being more books than I thought!

  6. Haha, I always peer at everyone else's books on public transportation, although even when they're reading something I love (which is rare), I'm never brave enough to say anything about it to them. It sounds like you're really enjoying your Nook!

  7. Haha, great post! I've done exactly the same with my e-reader : I have downloaded far more free classics on it than I'll probably read in the next year. It's silly to try resisting free books!

  8. You have a wonderful collection of books stashed away there. I have the Kindle and my recent purchases are:

    The Talented Miss Highsmith, On Writing (Stephen King), Killing Trail (Charles Allen Gramlich), and the latest Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

  9. Tammy, I'm hearing of that book everywhere!

    LOL, Lenore!

    I need to finish it, Nicole. I got 3/4 of the way through and had to lay it aside because of life stuff.

    Kinda scary when we list them all, eh Jill? They multiply like bunnies.

    Jenny, I'm toootally enjoying the Nook. Portability is a good thing. I'm never without reading material.

    Kay, and there's absolutely no guilt! I love the part. I feel like I'm eating my vegetables and being a very responsible adult.

    Cheers, David! Do you love your Kindle?

  10. What a great list of books! And what a great idea to list them for us :D

  11. No problem, Amy! I'm such a voyeur, I just assume everyone else is, too.


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