So...the Waterstones buy-one-get-one-half-price thing happened. I'm not sure I should be allowed to go in there anymore but I can't seem to walk past one without popping in 'just to have a look around'. Either that or I should just give all my pennies to them at the start of the month in return for all of the beautiful books!
Both of these are on my list of books I'd like to read this year so I'm pretty excited to have them sitting on my shelf waiting for me. I'll be delving into them as soon as I've finished writing the essay that's due in very soon and currently haunting my life. The thought of having a good book waiting for me is getting me through...
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Over the last couple of months I've heard a steady stream of incredible things about this book so it made my list of books I'd like to read pretty much straight away. I had a quick peek at a few reviews over on Good Reads and it seems to be quite a divisive book. I think I'll either end up loving it or feeling a little disappointed and I'm keeping my fingers firmly crossed for the former because it sounds really promising.
The book begins with Allan deciding to ditch his own birthday party that everyone will be attending by climbing out of the window still wearing his slippers. He sounds like my kind of guy! On his journey he meets a plethora of characters including incompetent police and a few criminals. Allan's earlier life is also revealed like his involvement with some pretty key events of the twentieth century. I'm hoping that I love Allan as much as I think I will and that this is the feel-good book it has the potential to be.
Stoner by John Williams
I mentioned the other day that I'm not usually too fussed on book covers, but when I come across a beautiful cloth-bound edition like this (complete with bookmark ribbon!), of a book I've been wanting to read for a little while...it seems that I just can't help myself! This is a Waterstones exclusive edition (I think!) and as it was part of the buy-one-get-one-half-price offer, I figured it would be rude not to, right?
I don't know too much about this story and I don't want to. Sometimes half the magic of discovering a book comes from diving in without knowing too much about what to expect. It follows William Stoner, someone who is supposed to study agriculture and work on his father's farm, but a seminar on English Literature steals his heart and changes his life. He becomes a teacher, marries the wrong woman and has a quiet life. Stoner, in exploring the conflicts, victories, and defeats of the human race that go unrecorded by history, reclaims the significance of an individual life. I have a feeling this could be a book that stays with me. I'm hoping that there will be a couple of paragraphs in particular that I can fold up and store in a little compartment inside my head to open and reread during times when I might need to remember them. When I'm free from this essay, this will be the book I pick up first.
Have you read either of these books before?