across the mystic river, edith wharton summer, madeleine l'engle, matthew pearl, stieg larsson, suroopa mukherjee, the girl who played with fire, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the poe shadow, the summer of the great grandmother, weekend finds
I had a blast Sunday! I started to have my regular jog/run at 5:30 in the morning. 2 hours later I felt fresh and relax. Swimming would have been next on the activity list had a friend and I miscommunicate. To amuse myself, I went to a local bookstore ready to be lost in a book’s pages but I literally felt lost as the store was jam-packed with people. I forgot it was just the first week of classes and, as the bookstore also functions as a school supply shop, schoolchildren accompanied by their parents, were eagerly selecting notebooks and papers and pens. Suddenly, nostalgia hit me! I remember my school days. However, as I have no time and patience to wrestle with overly excited young people, I went instead to another bookshop . And then lo and behold! They were having a weekend sale – as much as 90% off from the regular price.
As suggested by Fiona of The Book Coop and MissMeliss of Bibliotica, I picked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. I also found Jostein Gaarder’s latest book The Castle in the Pyrenees and Maya and put them in my cart as well. I very much like Gaarder’s novels. They are beautifully written and they make me keep reading them over and over again. I especially loved the Solitaire Mystery. I like the idea of a book within a book. Also, the novel The Christmas Mystery is a delightful read on a Christmas Eve.
On a table, where lots and lots of books arranged seemingly without order, I spotted Madeleine L’Engle’s. I grabbed it immediately without knowing the title first. It doesn’t matter, I thought. It’s L’Engle. The Summer of the Great-Grandmother is the title, by the way. It is book 2 of the Crosswicks Journals. I’m not sure yet if I have to read book 1 first before this book. But as all L’Engle’s series I might not need to.
And then there were random picks. I like random picks. It was how I met Edith Wharton many years ago when I picked her novel Summer without any idea who the author was. Across The Mystic Shore by Suroopa Mukherjee and The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl were two random picks. I though the name Matthew Pearl is an author of long ago but apparently he’s not. His other books include The Dante Club and The Last Dickens.
So, I went out of that bookshop carrying 7 books, an uncontained happiness and a more refreshed feeling than that of the morning jog. I love Sundays!