Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gotta Love That Old Book Smell

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Today was my first day off (no school, no work, nothing!) in a long time, so I treated myself today. I went on an early morning walk, got a smoothie, and then went to my favorite place in the world. Half Price Books! They are a used book seller and I can never walk in and just get one book. I actually took a lot of books up to sell, because I was cleaning out some of my to-read piles. Some of the books in my to-read piles have been there for years. While I can't let go of some of them, I did let go of a few that I have tried reading and stopped a few times or ones that I just didn't think I would ever get to really. Sometimes I get in a book frenzy and pick up anything that sounds interesting at the time. Does that happen to anyone else? No? Okay, it's just me haha.

While I waited for the offer on the books I was selling, of course I browsed around. I had nine books in my hand and I decided a few needed to be put back. I ended up only buying four, which was good for me.

1. Cary Grant, A Biography- Marc Eliot.
Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors but I don't know a whole lot about him as a person other than a few articles I've read online so I'm excited for this one.

2. Katharine Hepburn, A Hollywood Yankee- Gary Carey.
I picked this one up for the same reason I picked up Cary Grant. Katharine was such a strong willed lady who stood up for herself in a time where women were supposed to be quiet so if I can read more about her life I will.

3. Boardwalk Empire- Nelson Johnson.
I wasn't looking for this one, I was actually looking for a book on Bonnie and Clyde but I stumbled across it and had to have it! I watch the HBO series that was based on this book so I'm excited to read more about the characters in a less dramatized way than the series portrays.\

4. The Crimes of Jack the Ripper- Paul Roland
I have been obsessed with the stories of Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, all of those weird mystery murders for a while. It's a bit morbid, but I really like learning about them. I've read a graphic novel version of the story of Jack the Ripper and watched many tv specials, but never a whole novel.

Do you have any books that are on your list to read next?


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