Book Haul!

I thought I’d share some of the books that I have recently acquired.

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Throughout the months of November, December and part of January I bought a total of 13 books.

Fiction

Seven of the thirteen were fiction books from a variety of genres including fantasy, classics, and historical fiction. I picked up:

  1. Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
  2. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. Ruin by John Gwynne 
  4. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  6. The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins 
  7. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenerolla  (translated by Sonia Soto)

Nonfiction

The nonfiction books I picked up were related to what I found myself interested in during 2017. So they were all related to those interests such as women biographies, and since I loved reading Evening in the Palace of Reason (I’ll link my review here) by James R. Gaines I picked up a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach. I bought the following:

  1. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder  edited by William Anderson
  2. The Woman who would be King by Kara Cooney
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff
  4. The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher
  5. Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  6. Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison 
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To Annotate or Not to Annotate

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The Question

I recently have had to ask myself whether or not I should annotate my books. I was going through an old book of mine and through the sections, I had marked with a posted note and found myself wondering: What exactly had I been thinking at this exact moment? What was so significant I felt the need to mark it? In the end, I had no idea because I had not written down what I had been thinking. It was incredibly frustrating. Up to this point, I had been pretty against annotating in books. I liked keeping them clean, thinking that a simple sticky-note would be enough to mark what I wanted to remember and would jog my memory as to what I was thinking. However, I have a confession to make. I do not have the memory I thought I did. I do not always remember what I was thinking three or four years after the fact. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I will now annotate in my books. Continue reading