Monday, January 23, 2012

New On The Shelf: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, But Nothing Blue

Just three days shy of a month and I’ve already acquired a nice stack of goodies. As if I needed more books piled up everywhere (of course I do!). I know I already had a good group of books lined up for the Science Fiction Experience but a trip to a used book store just gave me more options. And of course I had to make room for some very special DVDs that I just couldn’t live without!

The Something Old

The Gammage Cup, The Whisper of Glocken and The Firelings by Carol Kendall

My sister sent these to me earlier this month. They were late Christmas presents. These are like her woobie books. She discovered them at the school library while looking for more Nancy Drew books to read. The Firelings was a book I was on the hunt for so I was super excited to see she had sent me a copy. And I really love the cover of the book! The Gammage Cup is a Newberry Honor Book for 1960. Its sequel is The Whisper of Glocken, which this copy happens to be an old first edition, library book. Venessa has lost interest in Redwall (Boo!) so I’m thinking we could try The Gammage Cup since it’s shorter and more suited for her age.

Satin Slippers #3: Stars In Her Eyes by Elizabeth Bernard
Legacy by James H. Schmitz
In Enemy Hands by David Weber
The New Doctor Who Adventures: Iceberg by David Banks

Over the weekend I went to The Book Shelf. I went looking for a copy of Captain Blood and Needle by Hal Clement but they were not there. But I couldn’t leave empty handed! So I browsed to see what they had and I ended up with a good group of books I believe. I don’t know much about them though. The covers caught my eye and the summaries on the back sounded interesting. I thought they’d make good options for the Science Fiction Experience and I liked them for being female-centric. There were two books I ended up not getting. I’m starting to regret it now. The Book Shelf wasn't open today. But they will be tomorrow!

You might be wondering about that random Satin Slippers: Stars In Her Eyes. I got it for nostalgia. I read these books compulsively as a freshman in High School and somehow convinced my English teacher that I couldn’t find anything on the required reading list so was able to turn in a book report for one of these books. I had always wanted to take ballet lessons when I was young, but since we couldn't afford them I could at least read about it. I’m afraid to read them again though and realize they were not all that great!

The Something New

Bring It On
Mean Girls

I consider these three movies my Holy Trinity of Chick Flicks. I’m not one for the overly romantic-type movies (The Notebook, Valentine’s Day, Dear John, etc). Give me sassy and hilarious and I’m good. And I almost died when I saw Clueless and Mean Girls packaged together! Perfection!

Something Borrowed

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

These three came from the library. The Asimov books will be for the Science Fiction Experience Group Reads. Ender’s Game is intended to be for the Science Fiction Experience too and I’ve also been eyeing this book for a long time. It’s been on a list of books to pick up that I carry around with me at all times. I finally decided to just borrow it from the library for now (they didn’t have a copy at The Book Shelf).

But Nothing Blue…

Actually, I hope to acquire something blue with the trip back to The Book Shelf. One of the books I left behind has a blue cover! I’m going to need all the luck I can get with the end of the world coming, right?!


  1. Good stuff!

    I love Clueless. Such a fun movie. I'm a sucker for Jane Austen adaptations anyway, and this is just so fun and clever and sweet. I doubt a year goes by without us rewatching it at least once.

    Ah, Second Foundation! One of my all time favorite book covers. I was so glad to finally read the book for the first time a few years ago and just last weekend was downstairs eying my copy and thinking that it was almost time to read it again.

    I hadn't heard of Legacy but I looked it up and read a few reviews and it sounds kinda wild and kinda fun. I'll be on the lookout for that next time I'm used bookstore shopping.

    1. Oh yes, Clueless is really a great movie. I love how they take the stereotypical ditzy, rich, California girl and turn her into someone to cheer for.

      And I really like that cover of Second Foundation too. I love on the front that it says it won the Hugo as "The Best Series Ever!" That made me chuckle as well as a bio in the back of the book that Asimov wrote about himself. He was quite cheeky.

  2. He was very cheeky, I love the bio as well.