Saturday, January 2, 2021

My End of the Year Book Haul -- Vintage Saturday

Happy 2021 everyone! Are you starting off the year with all kinds of big goals and plans? I am... I'm a sucker for resolutions, for sure! Last year my reading goal was 50 books---I read 57. This year I thought, "eh, what the heck..." and decided on 70!! Hahaha! Goodbye homecooked meals and well-schooled children---mother is reading.

Thursday my husband took the day off work and spoiled me rotten. First he took me out to the Apple store and bought me a nice MacBook Air to replace my swiftly dying Walmart Special. So kind! Then he took me to my favorite bookstore and said I could pick out whatever I wanted! I got the stack of books above and he picked out these three gifts for me. 

A super cute little owl bookmark; a slim, lightweight book light; and this fun box of Charlotte Bronte themed stationery. It's fun to be spoiled!

Since our trip was unexpected and I didn't have my book wishlist with me, I decided to grab some books that I knew were on the 1001 and classics book lists since I know I'll be working on those goals this year. First up is this copy of The Canterbury Tales translated into modern English prose by R.M. Lumiansky (1971). I think this particular version was required reading the summer before my senior year. I've read some of the Tales, both in modern and original versions, but never in their entirety. This book is found on my Classics Club challenge list.

Next up is a book I've got mixed feelings about.  The Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) is also on the Classics Club list. I tend to run from modern Feminist garbage like it's got the Plague, but reading the back of this, Wollstonecraft sounds pretty mild by today's standards. 

I think I actually have some of these...maybe all of these...already. BUT---they were pretty cheap and I wasn't sure and I knew they were on my lists, so I grabbed them. The Pickwick Papers (1836), parts one and two; Main Street, (1920) and a couple stories from The Sketchbook (1820) are on the Classics Club list and Main Street is also on the 1001 list. Lorna Doone (1869) is a favorite of one of my English friends and I told her I'd pick it up one of these days.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Steward (1913) was on the same shelf as the Wollstonecraft book and looked interesting so I picked it up too. 

I'm pretty excited about this pretty book as I've just started collecting these types of Victorian books of miscellany. This is Lothrop's Annual from 1892. It's a very large, thick book full of stories, poems, advertisements, drawings, and color artwork.

You can read more about the publisher, Daniel Lothrop, here. He published quite a bit of magazines and other literature, mainly for children and young people. This periodical was published the year he passed away. 

How fun to own a copy of this beautiful Victorian magazine. I'll be adding to this collection, I'm sure!

What books have you picked up lately? I'd love to know what you're planning on reading this season. Be sure to check out my reading challenges for some inspiration!

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  1. I've only bought one book so far, Feel Great, Lose Weight by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, I don't have a weight problem but this book is more about having a healthy lifestyle, food management, such as when to eat & types of food, quality sleep, & exercise. I have all his books & they're so helpful. He started out as a medical doctor, but became frustrated at treating his patients with drugs that only alleviated the symptoms & did not cure the illness, so he looked into natural treatments & is able to cure a lot of his patients now, & those he can't, that need to take drugs for their illness, he changes their diet & lifestyle to help combat some of the drug side effects, he really cares for his patients, I think this is the kind of Doctor we all need. I looked up about Letters of a Woman Homesteader, which appeals to me too, the reviews on Amazon are good, apparently it inspired the movie Heartland, also on the same page was a book called The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin, also has good reviews, for all her other books too, so might take a look through those (though I'm wary of modern books as they can contain swearing & blasphemy, so will ask seller first). Happy New Year to you & your family Sarah, once the Covid vaccine kicks in it should be much happier than last year, I'm in tier 4 (Lockdown) here in the UK but looking forward to summer & things being back to near normal :)

  2. Well currently I have two books going, Just Plain Becky by Becky McGurrin. A story of her and her family as Mennonite transplants. And a Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke.
    I read a chapter of one book and then read a chapter of the other book. I will probably listen to The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Enjoy your reading!

  3. Sarah, love your latest finds and your reading goals! Thank you for hosting. I linked one of my favorite vintage household items.


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