Thursday, 20 November 2014

Grimm's Fairy Tales is New Again

I was lucky enough to get a book voucher for my birthday this past weekend from a friend.  I have been looking at this book of Grimm's Fairy Tales for awhile now and I made up the shortfall and treated myself to it.
As a child I must have read every Grimm's fairy tale a thousand and one times. I loved them. I loved the people who lived in the woods. I loved the animals that came out at night and scared everyone in the woods. The forests were always really deep. The noises were always creaky and sometimes a bat flew by. Okay, I am mixing it up with Edgar Allan Poe or Vincent Price.

The girls had such interesting friendships with
elves, or dwarfs or little men. The horses always tossed their manes and galloped through forests or over fences with little people riding them with no saddles.....and there were princes with lots of wealth.

There was magic and mysticism and scary enough events at times but not so much as to stop reading.

On a rainy afternoon I'd close myself off into my room and the whole day would pass. Or I'd take my things outdoors and find a nice spot in the yard on a summer's day.

Thumbing through this book made me remember lots of wonderful times from childhood.

But this is not just any copy. It is an annotated copy from Norton and Company. Evidently they have a series of annotated copies of books and wouldn't it be lovely to have all of them. Only kidding.

The illustrations are big and in colour. Some are in black and white line drawings.  Some are small and in the corner of pages as one reads.

I hope to reread these tales and see if I enjoy them as much as I once did. I am sure I will look at them with a different eye because the last time I read them was 55 years ago. Wow, now that is hard to believe.  But I know I am going to treasure this book and I also know it will have its own space on the bookshelf.

I'll let you know how I go with some of these stories. It might be a lovely thing to write for a Sunday post.

What experiences do you have of the fairy tales you read as a child?

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's Monday ! What are you reading?

from Sheila at Book Journey
Michael Connelly has a new book out, The Burning Room and that is what we are both reading in this household.
It is on our Kindles.  I have read every book Michael Connelly has ever written.  I don't read a lot of crime fiction though I tend to like it. I also read somewhere if you want to learn about the geography of a place then read crime fiction in that area.  It does tend to be true as these detectives do drive all over creation.

So far I am really enjoying this book but then I am only about 44% into it. I love the fact that Kindle tells you what percentage of the book you have read.

Our weekend was relatively quiet.  The week's activities and taking care of my old dog, Wally, who is 14 years old and has to get up at 4:30 to
do his business outdoors tires me out. He is up at 4:30 and then back to bed to get up about 5:30 to 6:00 for breakfast. Once the birds start making noise he is ready to get up. Once he wakes up he wakes up the other two dogs and the two cats who all converge on the kitchen. I always think, "Why do I have all these animals?" but when they all settle down to eat and their little tales are wagging I am glad to be up with them.  It wakes me up and then I have a couple of hours to do emails, Facebook and read blogs. It is very quiet with all of them asleep again.  But the lack of sleep does catch up so yesterday I slept most of the day.

I had a great birthday on Saturday and Mr. Penguin took the dogs and I to the beach for a run (the dogs, not us) and then out to dinner.  I got gifts for both  motorbiking and reading.  A gorgeous black leather jacket for the bike and a Penguin boxed set of the current popular chefs from a friend and a book voucher from another friend. All in all a good haul.  Birthdays are really fun usually. It is just a shame one has to get older though to enjoy them.

I am also finishing up the vintage Penguin "Buried Alive" that I will write about in more detail. I generally don't have two fiction books going but I had a day where I spent time soaking in a bubble bath and I can't read my Kindle in the bath. The Penguin worked much better.

I hope everyone has a good week and does at least one or two things that are bookish.
The very spoiled Wally

Friday, 14 November 2014

Visiting an Old Friend's Penguins

I used to work with a speech pathologist quite a few years ago who was a good 20 years older than me. Well, the years went by and we have now both retired and I still see her once in awhile for a coffee.  Actually it is funny because there is a coffee group of retired speech pathologists that meet once a month.  I always think of all of us as the "old crumblies" with affection of course.


This friend of mine recently sold their family home and went into smaller accommodation.  I have said to her for years she really should sell me any old Penguins she has. ( I knew she had quite a few.)  Of course the time wasn't right and I didn't think anything more of it.

I particularly like the cover of the F. Scott Fitzgerald book and of course The Natural is a good baseball tale.
The other day I had a voice mail from a book dealer in Battery Point. "I've got a box of Penguins here and you're welcome to go through them."  Now, that is always music to my ears so I said I would be in the following afternoon.

I was happy to find another Iris Murdoch book I didn't have and doesn't the Richard Bissell book look so 60's.
The shop is called Kookaburra Books And Antiques and they sell second hand books, some antiques and vintage clothing. Quite a combination.  They don't have a web page but they do have a Facebook page.

I stopped in yesterday afternoon and in fact he did have a box of Penguin books. He had collected a whole big  shipment of books from someone in the area who was moving and he took the lot.

Yet another Iris Murdoch and I love the covers of all of these.
I went through the box and found 10 I didn't have and 2 more that were first published ones that were going to replace a couple of reprints I had.  He was going to charge me a reasonable price (I have noticed that Penguins have dropped in price significantly now the Collectors tv program is not all the rage).  

As I thumbed through them I found a receipt for services in one of the books. It was dated 1994 and guess what.  It was addressed to my old speech pathology friend whose Penguins I always wanted to buy.  So I ended up getting them anyway and probably didn't pay anymore for them than I would have from her.  It really is funny how things work out.  Of course everyone knows in Tasmania there is only 2 degrees of separation.