Monday, March 14, 2011

talkin books about a pretty sunset

So, I like a lovely book. I mean, a lovely book cover. I like it at the same percentage that it makes me nervous. Because I like to loan books, and I like to throw books into my bag for subway reading, and I like to write in the margins of books, so, the books I really like are cheap paperbacks whose spine I break the first time I open the book. I love my lightweight copy of Catcher in the Rye with my college notes and Jeff Blake's dirty fingerprints. Or the copy of A Doll's House that belonged to James before we were JamesandValerie that has the lipstick kiss I gave it during a late night rehearsal of Guys and Dolls.

I prefer my books low-stress. I like my copy of Jesus' Son, but, if I don't get it back (it's on loan, again), frankly, I won't be completely destroyed about it.

I do have lovely books. An anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird my parents gave me for Christmas years ago. A copy of Crime and Punishment I bought myself. A cleverly bound Huckleberry Finn Annie gave me as a Christmas gift this year. But, beautiful books are tricky. Because you want them stay beautiful, and that's where it gets stressful*, so, to avoid that, I generally make due with the lightweights.


I got three of these four at a store-closing-everyone-is-losing-their-job kind of sale at a B.Dalton in Michigan a few years ago. I just . . . couldn't help it.

It's not just me, right? Never has Hester looked so hip.

This incarnation of Heathcliff is so cheeky that it makes me truly glad about the world--in general.

This one I just got. It wasn't on sale, but I do love a collection, and I've had Jane Eyre on the brain since my cousin Marta linked me to Apartment Therapy's photos of the interiors from the new Jane Eyre movie. Basically, I just want to live in Thornfield. Well, like more than ever.

*for further details, ask Shiloh about the time I loaned her my signed copy of Mockingjay. I think it was equally hard on both of us.


  1. Yah, I'd buy those. This is exactly why I have so many copies of: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women, etc. I'm a sucker for novelty.

  2. Heathcliff looks like Edward Cullen.
    Edward Cullen talks about Heathcilff in Eclipse.
    Don't judge me.

  3. Rachel, agreed.

    Annie, why would I judge. That's WHY I bought the book to begin with. Don't you just love him?

  4. I love Heathcliff. That's who we we're talking about, right? Heath. Cliff. Not Ed.Dork.

    Heathcliff, one of the greatest characters in all literature. Not Edward, flash in the pan.

    I think I have a bit of a headache. I'm not really bitter.

    Those book covers are awesome. I haven't looked at them in a while. I want an old school library. With a ladder on rails that I can slide around.

  5. James, did you ever consider that you're a bit of a flash in the pan?