April Books

At long last, today I finished The Timeless Way of Building, by Christopher Alexander.  I have had the book out for several months (oh, the glories of having faculty borrowing privileges from Nova Scotia libraries!), and am quite certain I will buy it at some point.  I might even buy it this week, together with the companion book,A Pattern Language, which is, sadly, only available on short loans because of the libraries to which it belongs.  Although I do have more time this month than in the past, it’s a book I’d like to own and refer to frequently.  And it’s free shipping to Canada at ABE Books at the moment, which means I save twenty or thirty dollars if I buy it now. . . .

Well, I’ll sleep on it.  These are my April books, none of which were for work as classes had finished.  Underlined ones are new to me.

Grow It!  – Richard W. Langer

The Girl With Glass Feet – Ali Shaw

Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede

Magician’s Ward – Patricia C. Wrede

A Shilling for Candles – Josephine Tey

Footsteps in the Dark – Georgette Heyer

Fire and Hemlock – Diana Wynne Jones

Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of DramaDavid Mamet

Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft – Jane Yolen

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

To Love and Be Wise – Josephine Tey

A History of British Gardening – Miles Hadfield

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

The Breakout Novelist – Donald Maass

Astérix et les Goths – Goscinny and Uderzo

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui – Karen Kingston

On Writing – Stephen King

The Timeless Way of Building – Christopher Alexander


Eighteen books, twelve of them new to me — and although I own The Breakout Novelist, Take Joy, and Three Uses for the Knife, they were all bought during the month.  Only A History of British Gardening was already on my shelf — the rest were from the library or (in the case of Fire and Hemlock and Footsteps in the Dark, borrowed from a friend).

I have my eye on two bookcase in particular, however — one of them is the one I am half-way through reading and which I hope to finish by December.  The other is my bookcase of philosophy, religion, satire, and books on the art, life, and craft of writing.  That’s the one I should like to read everything on, including the four volumes of Aquinas’ Summa Theologica in Latin.  (I’m missing volume five; it wasn’t at the library book sale where I go the others.)  Even with diligent privileging those books over others, however, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read everything over the summer.  I’ll let you know.


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