I went to the library this afternoon to check out the next part of "Brideshead Revisited." While I was nosing around I decided to go ahead and look at some books.
Now, I know this sounds weird, but I really don't like checking books out from the library. I used to do it all the time, but within the past few years I have taken to simply buying books that I am interested in reading. I don't know when my aversion to books that have already been read started, but it is now nearly impossible for me to read books from the library. They just... I don't know.. smell wrong? I can't really explain it. At any rate, the last time I checked out a book was over a year ago because I wanted to reread "The Lord of the Rings" before RotK came out and irelandforever
still had my copy of "The Two Towers."
The reason I decided to look at books today was because we have standardized testing at school next week. Although I will not be testing, about half of the school will, so I still have to go to school, but not to class, because that might disturb test takers, so instead I will be sitting in the gym for five hours with nothing to do but read. I thought that my birthday would give me plenty of new material, but I am getting through "Flying Colours" quicker than I expected (how could I have forgotten how much I love my Hornblower?) and after that I have "Men At Arms," which should also be a quick read. I was counting on my orders from Barnes and Noble, but my package shouldn't be here for another three weeks. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a look around and see if there was anything worth checking out to keep me amused next week.
In case any of you hadn't noticed, I have been rather preoccupied with PotO lately. It is impossible to go into any discussion about it without having numerous people rave about how fantastic Susan Kay's "Phantom" is, and how it is their favourite book on the planet, and how it was worth the $100 they paid for it. Naturally, my curiosity was peaked, especially about the ending that everybody was discussing. I'm not usually one for spoilers, but I figured that I would never be able to get my hands on a copy so I went ahead and read about how the book ended. Shock! Horror! Disgust! No, no, and no again! was my general reaction. Curiosity ENDED! No longer interested. I didn't feel like wasting my time or money on it, so I put it out of my mind.
However, while perusing the shelves this afternoon, I decided that I would check and see if they had it. I was extremely surprised to see that they had it (and extremely annoyed to see that they didn't have a copy of the original novel; not that I need one, but whatever, I'll stop rambling). I decided, what the hey? I need something to amuse myself with for twenty hours in the coming week. I guess that means I will give it a go after I finish "Flying Colours." I also checked out "Villette" because Charlotte Bronte is love and although I am nervous about stepping beyond my normal boundaries of "Jane Eyre" I have been meaning to read it for a long while.
Oh, and about "Brideshead Revisited"... They had a used VHS set on sale for $6, so my dad bought it for me. I'll probably watch some this weekend.