So, I went to Portland (Oregon) last weekend, and of course, as any trip to Portland requires, I went to Powell’s. For those of you who don’t know, Powell’s is an amazing new and used bookstore. It takes up a whole city block and is three and a half stories high. The rooms are color-coded and organized by section. The blue room has literature and poetry. The Gold room is science fiction and mysteries. The Rose room has a lot of stuff, but most notably children’s literature. The purple room has a lot of non-fiction- race and gender studies. Travel is in the orange room. Graphic novels are in the room with the cafe (brown).
I can’t go to Powell’s without buying too many books. I think once I went there and only bought one or two. Not this time though. My Powell’s and Portland withdrawal led me to purchase a whole stack even though I already own many books I have yet to read. Guess I just need to dedicate more time to reading.
Here’s the list of books I bought, in case you’re interested
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli – Predictably, a beauty and the beast retelling. This is beast’s story, before Belle enters the picture. I love Donna Jo Napoli and could have sworn I’d read this, but the description didn’t sound too familiar, so I’ll just have to read it (possibly again) and see.
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch– I love memoirs, and this one is all about reading, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. maybe it will inspire me to imitate the author and make the goal of reading a whole book ( or maybe even a chapter) every day.
East by Edith Pattou– Another Beauty and the Beast retelling. I have read this one before, but loved it so much, I had to get it. I am becoming re-obsessed with fairy tale retellings and am writing a beauty and the beast of my own, hence the two versions.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer– This is the sequel to Cinder, and is the second in the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder was amazing, a cyborg cinderella in a dystopian future. This one incorporates little red riding hood, so I’m excited to read it. I may wait a while just because only one in the series comes out per year, and I know once I finish it I’ll be desperate for the next one!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- I, unlike many, was not required to read this one for high school, and have never gotten around to it. With the movie coming out, I figured it was time. I don’t think the movie looks that promising, but I’m willing to give both it and the book a shot.
Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill– The author of this book was my professor in college. This is her experiences owning a wolf-dog and her research on domestication and ownership of part-wild animals. I have read this before, but did not have my own copy, so jumped at the chance to pick it up so I can make people I know read it.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman- Love the movie, have heard not-so-great things about the book, but I’ve always wanted to read it, so into the pile it went.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux- Again, love the movie (never seen the play). I know the book is supposed to be extremely less romantic, so I’m looking forward to comparing the characters in the book to those in the movie.
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik– I can’t believe I haven’t read this before, as my family loves these books and I love books with dragons, but I just never got around to it. It’s a whole series, so I have hopes that I’ll enjoy it and have even more books to get.
I usually get a book of poetry, but this time I got a zine called comet bus. It’s theme is “pen pals” and is a series of letters. Looks poetic enough to me.
Anyway, I had a great trip and will have tons to read, on top of all the writing/editing I have to do. So I’m happy! What’s on your reading list?