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. Helen

    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. Katrina

    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. Miss Bibliophile

    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. Lisa

    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. Joan Hunter Dunn

    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. Charlie

    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. Sunday Taylor

    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. http://vintagereads.blogspot.co.uk/

    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.


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