Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Emily's Ghost by Denise Giardina

iconiconI actually finished Emily's Ghost by Denise Giardina some time ago, but for various reasons I kept forgetting to blog about it.

Many of you will remember that I am a big fan of the Bront√ęs, especially Anne. I've read all of their books now except one (Charlotte's The Professor, which is next on my list).

At first I was skeptical of a fictionalized account of their lives, but my mom read it first, and when she talked about it I thought it sounded very well researched. I decided to read it.

I'm glad I did. I thought Giardina's portrayals of the sisters were very well done, right down to Charlotte's controlling nature and Anne's role as the peacemaker. Some of it was hypothetical, of course — such as Emily having a relationship with William Weightman, or Charlotte burning Emily's unpublished second novel after her death — but it was all based on very thorough research, so I'm mollified.

I especially like being able to picture the house and the moors exactly when Giardina wrote about the sisters there. Having been to Haworth in March definitely enhanced my enjoyment of this novel!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reasons to buy books in stores

I know I have Amazon ads on my blog, but for my own collection I like to buy books from an actual store. Here are a few reasons why.

1) I like to support independent bookstores. My favorite indie bookstore in Denver is Tattered Cover, which has three stores in the metro area.

2) I like to flip through a book before I buy it. Sure, some of Amazon's listings allow you to do that virtually, but you can't see everything and it's just not the same experience.

3) I am picky about the condition of my books. I can't stand ripped dustjackets, bent corners, or insecurely bound spines, so I usually go through every copy on th shelf to pick out the best one. You don't have that option when you buy books online, and in fact, I find they usually get damaged even worse in shipping.

4) I just like the experience better! A favorite pastime of mine and my husband's is to go to a bookstore, get a coffee from the cafe, and browse books or work on our computers. That's a fun evening out for us, and something we'd miss out on if we bought most of our books online.

So remember, when online bookstores start gearing up for the holiday seasons with tempting sales, there are still plenty of reasons to buy your books in actual stores!