So, I'm loving my new job, but boy, working 40 hours a week does sort of interfere with your free time! And of course I'm sitting in front of a computer a large portion of the day, so when I'm home, I'm kind of avoiding it. I'm not giving up on blogging yet, but I was inspired by Anbolyn's recent post to write a short update:
1. The book I'm currently reading: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. I only have 70 pages to go so I'm hoping to post a review in the next couple of days. It's only my second work by Hardy and I've never blogged about him before, so I'm curious to know how other bloggers respond to my post.
2. The last book I finished: The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer. A follow-up to my enjoyment of The Grand Sophy. I chose this one because there was an audiobook available at the library branch where I work, so there you are. I enjoyed it but since I just posted about Sophy, it seemed like it would be a little redundant.
3. The next book I want to read: A tossup between A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I'm dying to know what happens next in the fictional world of Westeros but the only copy I could get from the library is a mass-market paperback, ugh. I'm still #2 on the library's waitlist for a hardcover copy and it might be a while. And The Night Circus has more than 100 holds, plus everyone's raving about it, so I'd better get cracking or I'll never get it back, right?
4. The last book I bought: That's a tough one -- I've bought several out-of-print and used books online in the past few weeks, and I can't remember which one was last! The one that just arrived (though it may have been one of the earlier purchases) came from England via Abebooks: Harry Potter y La Piedra Filosofal, also known as the Spanish language edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone for you Brits. I know, the Yanks changed the name, because we're mostly not clever enough to know the difference. Sigh). Anyhow, I'm continuing my acquisition of Harry Potter volumes in various languages (and this is the only one I might actually be able to read, as I'm still trying to learn Spanish. Wish me luck!) So far I have them in eleven different languages, mostly the first volume of the series in hardcover. My favorites are the Japanese edition which I bought when I lived in Japan -- it opens back to front, naturally, and the illustrations are cool -- and the Italian version which has beautiful illustrations. My mother bought it for me a couple of years ago on a trip to Malta, which is also pretty neat. I think this might deserve its own blog post someday. . .
5. The last book I was given: Also tough, as I haven't really received that many books since my birthday -- and I still haven't read any of those! In fact, I don't think I've read a single one of the books I received last Christmas, and my husband just asked me for a wish list. . . . which is pretty much all books! I think the last book I got as a gift was the wonderful Naxos audio version of Sense and Sensibility which I bought with a gift card I won from Jenners during her BBAW giveaway in September. Does that count? Either way, it's wonderful (wonderful that I won, and also one of my favorite audiobooks ever).
And no, I haven't finished that one, either!