Welcome, Beauties!

Hello, all! How has your week been? I felt more stressed than usual this week, but today I am off from work and looking forward to my four day weekend. I have lots of reading planned as I realized that I have to read 11 more books by January 1 if I want to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2012. 11! I am not a very fast reader so I have concerns that I will not be able to read that many in such a short amount of time, but I will give it my all and have fun trying!

One of the best parts of my week was coming home to packages, lovely packages that held beautiful new books. I received 4 new titles from the Penguin English Library, a Muriel Spark, an Elizabeth Bowen (who I’m eager to try after reading this post), a Virago and a title I found on this list. I love welcoming fresh, gorgeous books into my library – a completely justifiable expense, in my opinion!

What do you have planned for the weekend? Have you received any exciting packages lately?

Have a splendid weekend!


17 thoughts on “Welcome, Beauties!

  1. I received the Penguin English Library edition of Far from the Madding Crowd this week too! I won it in a giveaway and can’t wait to read it as I love Thomas Hardy.

    Good luck reaching your goal of 50 books!


  2. Beautiful plants and books, we just need cake or chocolate for the perfect combination! I got The Illustrated Journeys of Celia Fiennes 1685 – 1712 in the post today, it looks like it’ll be good.


  3. I’m drooling over those Penguin English Library editions. Where did you order them from? I took a quick look on Amazon, but it looked as though they only had a handful of titles.


    1. I ordered them from The Book Depository – they seem to have nearly all the series available and you can even pre-order the ones that are coming out in November and December. And no shipping fees!


  4. I love waiting for books to arrive – the sense of expectation & anticipation. You do have some lovely ones there, and some authors I’ve never read (Hardy and Bowen). Happy reading!


    1. Getting packages is one of my all-time greatest pleasures in life. A bad day can be made heaps better by a little gift in the mail – even if the gift is given to yourself.

      I’ve never read Bowen either, but I adore Thomas Hardy.


  5. I’m resisting reading Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm & Nancy Mitford’s Christmas Pudding until later in November. Thank you for linking to The Guardian list I enjoyed reading it. Happy Reading!


  6. 50 is my aim too, and I’m a slow reader also. It’s nice to hear someone else has that goal, everyone seems to be speeding past so fast. What a great mix of books, and they’re all classics! I like how you blended the seasonal photographs in 🙂


  7. You have some great reading ahead of you! Love all those books. I hope you will read “To the North,” one of the best books by Elizabeth Bowen, very readable. Right now I have given myself the gift of rereading Nancy Mitford’s “Pursuit of Love” and “Love in a Cold Climate.” I am in reading heaven. I am off to check out your links.


  8. I do like Middlemarch in pink! I’ve been browsing the Penguin English Library titles, too. I’m thinking of ordering Daniel Deronda, because I’d like to read some more Eliot.


  9. Those Penguin books are beautiful. I have also received some book parcels this week, will be discussing them later this week.


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