Thursday, July 21, 2011

In My Mailbox #2: Vacation Edition

I'm up in Virginia on vacation this week, so I have no idea what's actually arrived in my mailbox (if it goes like the last two vacations, I'll come home to at least five packages). I started out in the Cumberland Gap, went up to Harrisonburg for college touring (James Madison Univ. is now my first choice for college next year), and am now in Pennsylvania. Harrisonburg has a nice used bookstore and two antique stores with good book selections. Just saying.

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
NYRB edition!!! The used bookstore had five new-looking ones for only $3.
The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey
Got this one for free. :)
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Unabridged, one-volume edition with 1650s woodcuts for $6 (book was originally $30).

An 1860s fantasy novel, a translated Italian mystery, a fairytale retelling, a 1960s dystopia, and an 11th century novel. Eclectic enough?

Also, being a teenager who loves to read + being small for your age pays off. Sometimes store owners randomly offer you a free book or two or knock a couple dollars off the price just because they're surprised to find a kid who wants the books.
What did you get this week? And if you're another teen blogger, what colleges are you looking at?


  1. Hi there,

    Interesting looking books. I havent ehard of these. I have fun reading them:D