This week a really cool book on the art of paper cutting crossed my desk at work. I couldn't bring it home as it goes to a special library collection that is noncirculating, but I have a couple of cool books myself that I bought earlier in the year on the same topic. I don't think I ever got around to sharing them. The designs/projects are pretty amazing, but I have not done more than look and wishfully think how much I would love to try my hand at it. I've got Paper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects by Taylor Hagerty and The Art of Paper Cutting by Henya Melichson on my reading (or perusing as the case may be) pile. I really don't need another hobby, but it doesn't hurt to look. Maybe someday.
Did you see the Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year list? Serendipity! By chance I have two of the books on their list checked out from the library at the moment. Both look good, and I mentally moved both books to the top of my reading pile. One is a novel and one biography. As I am planning on reading books about WWI next year, P.S. Duffy's The Cartographer of No Man's Land would fit in perfectly. I may have to get back in line for it however as I have a feeling I cannot renew it (and I've had it at home for a week now . . . sadly sitting unopened). It is set in part in Nova Scotia, though the author grew up in Maryland and now lives in Minnesota.
Jill Lepore's Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin also crossed my desk last week, but it is one I could check out and so I snapped it up. I had thought it would be fun to go grab a book about or by Benjamin Franklin (but I talked myself out of it--seeing as I have my end of year reading planned out already). Is it really bad of me that so often I prefer to read about the women behind the men--rather than about the famous man himself?
Both books will get a little attention from me this weekend, if only to "try them out". Maybe I'll like them both so much I'll end up just buying them to add to my own book collection.
I've decided to continue on and renew my NYRB Classics subscription, and my freebie book for renewing early came in the mail yesterday. Yay for bookish mail. I knew it was coming, but I didn't expect it so soon. So the question is . . . do I keep going with this year's subscription books (will definitely finish the one I've started), or do I incorporate the 2013 books into my reading piles and begin fresh (and try and stay on track a bit better next year?).
The freebie book is by Alfred Hayes, My Face for the World to See, which is set in Hollywood. In Love by Hayes was a previous NYRB selection from just a few months ago and I do think I'll try and read it before I pick up My Face . . . I'm excited to think of the bookish treats coming my way over the course of the new year.
Anticipation for the New Year's reading! Yesterday I brought home Cicely Hamilton's William: An Englishman for my WWI reading next year. It is the January/February book, so I thought I might as well get a copy to keep close at hand and perhaps begin reading it a little early. On the shelf next to the book I also found a biography of Hamilton, The Life & Rebellious Times of Cicely Hamilton: Actress, Writer, Suffragist by Lis Whitelaw. She led quite an active and interesting life. I'm not sure I'll read the biography but I will at least dip into it and get a little background on the author. Some women lead such amazing lives--it makes me realize just how staid and boring my own is.
As it has been very quiet around here this week and I suspect the next couple of days will be even more so--I am taking a little break myself to enjoy the holiday, which I will be spending with family, and hopefully get in some extra reading time. I'll be back on Sunday with a short story (or two!).
For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving--have a safe and happy holiday. Have a great rest of the week everyone, hope you get in some good reading time, too!