Well, it is Black Friday and I have already been out and about. Since most of my shopping was completed last week, I really didn’t “have” to grab any bargains today and after witnessing the Walmart parking lot at 5:45 am, I have decided that I am officially too old to attempt the crowds. I did manage to find an 8 inch digital photo frame for $29 that I will put away for my mom’s birthday in April, and I treated myself to new measuring cups, measuring spoons, and pastry cloth with a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I managed to be one of the first 100 customers in line at Half Priced Books so I received the free book bag and a $5.00 coupon. After meandering through the store for over 45 minutes, I finally settled on the purchase of two books from the Elements of Fiction Writing Series: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card and Plot by Ansen Dibell. While I doubt I will ever write a novel myself, I am intrigued by the process and I figure that learning about these topics will help me better appreciate the books that I read and teach.
Who the Hell is Pansy O’Hara? The Fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best-loved books by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Beowulf on the Beach:What to love and what to skip in literature’s 50 greatest hits by Jack Murnighan
From Baghdad, with Love: a marine, the war, and a dog named Lava by Jay Kopelman
After I finish skimming these books, I may either try to finish Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rennell (I started this book about a week ago and while it is mildly entertaining, I find it difficult to stay interested for long periods of time) or I may try to begin The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt, although I would have to read it rather quickly as it is due at the library on Tuesday.