One of the things I love about learning other languages is the words that don’t translate, words that perfectly capture something that might take sentences to explain in English. Like this one:
I went to the annual used book sale in Rockliffe Park today, which is basically the Beverly Hills of Ottawa. I intended to only pick up a couple of books, because I already have exactly zero space on my bookshelves, but then this happened…
I know, I have terrible self control in places like that. Some highlights:
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and the related work Death Comes To Pemberton) – This book sold me on the snarky back cover description: “Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.” It’s true (sorry all you diehard fans out there) I have never had even the faintest desire to read the original. “It is a truth universally acknowledge that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves– A book for writers, “The zero tolerance approach to punctuation.” I’ve read excerpts of it for classes but never the whole thing. Since I’m in the midst of daily posting for Nano Poblano, this book probably has the best chance of leaving my 積んどくpile for “books I’ve actually read.”
- The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights – This one pretty much speaks for itself. Super old cover, excellent find!
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and other books in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers series – I have the original but these are books 2, 3 and 5 of the series. Most of the most useful life advice I’ve ever had comes from Douglas Adams.
Never go anywhere without a towel – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Signposts to Adventure – A travel adventure book from the 1940s that was recommended to me by a random old man at the book sale. Sounds promising!
Which of the books in my stack sounds most interesting to you? Do you have a Tsundoku problem? What’s the next book on your list of “things to read?”