nineteenoone: You are a horrible influence on my book buying :P If only you'd stop posting such lovely pictures I'd be less inclined to fill my shelves with lovely editions. Joking aside my recent book purchase was about 90% influenced by your recent photos. Also you've encouraged me to pick up Evelina again despite my horror of epistolary novels after reading Clarissa. Have you read Lennox's The Female Quixote? Happy reading!
Aw, I’m sorry :p .. <3 At least I hope you’ve found some lovely books along the way!
It’s funny you should say that, as I normally despise epistolary novels as well. However I found “Evelina” to be quite entertaining and intelligent. I hope you’ll think so too!
Happy reading to you as well!
medraut4c: Just out of curiosity, from one book lover to another, how fast do you read? You've got a lot of books, just like me. There's about three piles of books on my bookshelf I want to read, which grows as I just keep adding more. I can't stop buying books! I'll read them all...eventually....
I’m a fast reader. While I buy a lot of books, I also read a lot of books and I never seem to have more than 30 unread books on my bookshelf (which, some would argue is a lot, but personally I don’t consider it too extravagant).
So far this year I have read 50 books. I always complain that I don’t have any time to read, but I seem to find the time anyway. I often get up early in the morning to read a few hours before going to work/uni.
That said, I don’t think you should worry about your unread books. I went on a book-buying-ban in January/February and it turned out terribly. I bought more books than I’ve ever done before, and then I realized that while buying books means spending a lot of money, it also means spending a lot of money on something that you love. To built up a library is a life-long project and so is reading all those treasured volumes you have collected. In fact, I find it quite beautiful to have something to look forward to.
tea-drinking-giraffe: hello :) i am looking for a good book as I have drifted away from my reading and i want something to lure me back into it. I wouldn't mind something romantic? I typed in 'classic books' in the tumblr search engine and your page came up as a link so I thought it was a sign to ask you haha
Obviously I would recommend anything by Jane Austen (as always). One can never read too much Austen, especially not in a reading slump. “Persuasion” is by far my favorite and it is very romantic.
Otherwise, I would definitely recommend “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. Gaskell writes beautifully, and the tension between the two lovers in that book is beyond anything I’ve ever read. (Afterwards you could always watch the BBC mini-series. It is amazing and it has Richard Armitage!)
A lesser known classic filled with romance could be “Evelina” by Fanny Burney. It was part of the inspiration for Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”. It is a lovely epistolary novel and quite an easy read.