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 Drama – David 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.