New Books!

I love new books. It’s amazing how the excitement still hasn’t left me hence the joyful exclamation mark in the title. New books always calls for exciting exclamation marks.

New titles are:

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
  • Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
  • The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault translated by Angela Carter
  • Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

There was a revival of Shirley Jackson’s gothic tales on the blogosphere last year. I’ve been looking for her books in various libraries, public and universities, but surprisingly, she is very difficult to find. I enjoyed my first foray into Sartre with The Age of Reason so I’m looking forward to tackling Nausea in the near future. Angela Carter’s translation of the french fairy tales by Charles Perrault is something I’m excited to read next. And Bill Bryson’s book is something I picked up on sale which made it cheaper than the already cheap $9.95 it usually sells for. These cheap Orange Penguins are fantastic because it allows you to dabble into literature that you mightn’t have considered before especially non-fiction.

I must gush about the beautiful Penguin Modern Classics covers. They are just so gorgeous and really inspires one to pick up their books which is important if titles or authors are unfamiliar.

I have to say my favourite is Angela Carter’s with Shirley Jackson’s running a close second.

Because book buying is fun

New acquisitions, largely due to Border’s 30% off coupons. Who could resist?


  • Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte
  • The Sonnets and ALover’s Complaint – William Shakespeare
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

Discount coupons are always a great time to pick up classics. The lovely hardcover editions of the Penguins are so beautiful and wonderfully priced. Jane Eyre was part of last year’s batch and I’ve been meaning to get myself a nice little copy of my favourite book. The Sonnets was just recently released.


These are really the most beautiful books and designs. I’m itching to buy more. Little Women is especially pretty except I just bought myself a new copy recently. If you’re interested in the designer, here’s an interview with her after the launch of the first batch. The series is exclusive to Borders, unfortunately.

Margaret Atwood

I just discovered that Margaret Atwood is releasing a new book this year. This is quite exciting since the last major release was probably ‘The Blind Assassin’ back in 2000. The latest is called ‘The Year of the Flood‘ and it sounds a lot more sci-fi than previous works. It resembles, and I assume, carries on from ‘Oryx and Crake’ (which is still on my TBR pile). I don’t know when it’ll be released in Australia though.

Virago has also given Atwood’s back catalogued a make over. What do you think of the new covers? They don’t really appeal to me, to be honest. I prefer the old, illustrated style.