Thursday, January 15, 2015

New on the Shelf

Awhile ago I got it into my head to re-read Oblomov, a favorite from college, so I found a copy of the most recent translation and added it to my TBR pile. The only correct way to read this book is to read it in bed, so I'm looking forward to doing just that over the upcoming weekend. It's about a lazy but goodnatured Russian aristocrat, and the shenanigans in which he becomes embroiled. I love the cover photo; it captures the character so well.

The World Before Us, by Aislinn Hunter, is coming out in March from Hogarth/Random House. The publisher described it thus: "In the tradition of A. S. Byatt’s Possession, a spellbinding, hauntingly poignant novel about the remarkable ties that bring our pasts to the present." If you can make a valid Byatt comparison, I'm sold.

Wee Wonderfuls, by Hillary Lang, is a craft book with a bunch of doll patterns. I'm spending a lot of time this month learning some basic doll-making and I thought this looked like a really fun book to help me. I'll let you know how it goes.

And while we're on the subject, The Making of a Rag Doll, by Jess Brown, is a course in creating one particular doll and her clothes and accessories. I think between the two books, I should have plenty of basic instruction.

Book-acquiring has definitely slowed since the move. Book-reading has not, so I might be able to actually make a dent in that huge pile of TBRs I brought with me from Boston!


Esme said...

I always wanted a rag doll as a child. Are you going to make one?

Megan said...

I've never heard of Oblomov before, but it sounds like an interesting read. I might have to search out a copy!

Mystica said...

Happy reading.