This past weekend my sister and I flew down to North Carolina to surprise our mom for her birthday. And it was hilarious – my mom saw me screamed and then cried, and then realized my sister was there too, screamed and cried again. It was a good surprise and a good trip down. It was an incredibly fast trip, but it was relaxing to get out of the city for a day and see family, even if the travel was a bit stressful.
One of the advantages of going home, aside from seeing family, was that I got to raid my book boxes I have stored at my mom’s house. Unfortunately, I could not find my copy of Wuthering Heights, but that’s okay because I bought a beautiful compilation version of it, Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey a few months ago. However, I did find a stack of books to bring back and was sorely tempted to bring my entire box of Harry Potter books back! (But I restrained myself to 11—and one awesome pamphlet.)
I picked up a few as potential reads for the The Literary Others event in October hosted at Roof Beam Reader (which I will do my post later this week). And I grabbed my copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (I definitely want to re-read the Hobbit before the film comes out.) Left to right from top to bottom they (minus the pamphlet on top) are:
- The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
- The Laramie Project – Moises Kaufman
- Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
- The Hours – Michael Cunningham
- My Undoing – Aiden Shaw
- Oranges are not the only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
- Zami, A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
- The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The pamphlet on top is something special. It’s from my favorite Geordie, and one of my all time favorite people in the world, my Facebook sister/former complicated lover Helen. It’s titled Todd’s Geordie Words and Phrases: An aid to communication on Tyneside and thereabouts. I didn’t have a chance to look through it again while I was at home, but I did throw it in my pile of books to come back up to Massachusetts with me.