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Awhile back I joined the Kinokuniya loyalty club, and today I found an e-mail in my Inbox with a couple 20% off coupons. That’s as good an excuse as any to go book shopping! I’ve been wanting to read March by Geraldine Brooks ever since Mary-Helen recommended it so I picked up a copy (one of their last!) as well as a new copy of Little Women. I’ve read LW several times before (and I’m sure it’s sitting in my Mom’s basement somewhere) but I figured I ought to read it again before I tackle March. I also put in an order for Jeffrey Steingarten‘s The Man Who Ate Everything (since it’s always out of stock). Then I moseyed on over to the comics section – I love the looks on the geek guys’ faces – where I was excited to see that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was finally available. I’ve always liked Batman, and I’m trying to hit some of the big high points in the comics canon. (Did I mention I read The Watchmen? That’s a whole ‘nother post, really…) So that’s three new books to add to the pile on my bedside table. I’m currently about halfway through Peter Carey’s The True History of the Kelly Gang, and so far I’m really enjoying it. (Ned Kelly was sorta the Australian equivalent of Jesse James.) Yay! The only thing that makes chilly winter nights bearable is a warm husband, a thick duvet, and a stack of new books…

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  1. Enjoy! I don’t have time to read fiction at the moment – PhD reading takes precedence. 🙁

  2. Ah, Little Women. My all time favorite book. My grandmother gave me an antique copy of hers when I was in 4th grade, and I’ve probably read it a million times since. Plus, I totally had a crush on Christian Bale in junior high, so when he was cast as Laurie in the movie version, it was like all my dreams had come true.

  3. the man who ate everything and it must of been something I ate are truely fantastic enjoy- you do have great taste in books I also loved the true history of the kelly gang – have you read oscar and lucinda by the same author?

  4. I’ve got “It Must’ve Been Something I Ate” (and I loved it), but for some reason “The Man Who Ate Everything” has just been out of stock everywhere in Sydney for MONTHS. I credit the other book with changing my attitude towards food a lot. I’m much more adventurous now than I used to be!

    And no, this is my first Peter Carey book. I’m enjoying it so much though that I may have to add “Oscar and Lucinda” to the pile. (I haven’t seen the movie, either.) I was reading about Ned Kelly yesterday on Wikipedia and I was surprised by how much stuff in Carey’s book is actually true-to-life. I assumed that some of the more colourful stories were made up – like when Kelly was arrested for assaulting a “Chinaman named ‘Ah Fook'” – but they actually happened! Unreal.

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