August 2019 Book Haul: Used Books [CC]


Hello everybody, it’s Anna, and welcome
back to my booktube channel! This video is going to be the second part of my
previously filmed book haul in which I talked about new releases and library
books that I had acquired recently. This one is going to be the used books that I
acquired recently. Some of these come from used bookstores ,some of them come
from sellers on Amazon. Let’s go ahead and get into it, and by the way, extra
points if you notice a theme running here. So let’s start out with two books
by the same author: I have “Tangleweed and Brine” by Deirdre Sullivan and also “Needlework” by Dierdre Sullivan. I bought
these used after seeing them both recommended on Jean’s channel. This one I
think I’m going to be reading for the FemmeFanTale read-a-thon, and then I
also wanted to just buy something else cheap to give me free shipping, so I
ended up buying her contemporary novel about tattoos as well as her fairy tale
retellings. This is the other one that I bought used online: that’s “Shylock’s
Daughter” by Mirjam Pressler. I guess I’m on a kick of Shakespeare retellings
again. Usually that’s pretty typical for me, but it comes in phases. Obviously this
is an allusion to his play “The Merchant of Venice,” and we know that
Shylock has a mysterious woman figure in the play that is mentioned but not
really explored very deeply. I’m hoping maybe this is a retelling of
who that person was. Then I went to a local used bookstore and I ended up just
picking up a whole ton of stuff. This is where you might notice the theme. The first one that I picked up was called “The Jew in the Medieval World: A
Source Book from 315 -1791” by Jacob R. Marcus. This is a subject really that I
was getting really interested in after reading a bunch of fiction about the
Middle Ages, or that was written in the Middle Ages, because the subject of Jews
does come up a lot in those books. I am actually curious to go see some
of the primary sources that talk about Jewish life in the Middle Ages
because I don’t really know any of them, and I would like to learn. I
picked a couple of these up because I am doing a bunch of folklore and
mythology readings: I picked up a book of Jewish folk tales and an anthology of
Jewish storytelling because for the MythTake read-a-thon I am reading a few
books that are retellings of Jewish and Eastern European myths and legends, and I
really wanted to familiarize myself more with those, so I picked these up. I
also picked up this book, which is called “Chagall: Burning Lights” that is a memoir by Bella Chagall, who’s the wife of Marc Chagall, my
favorite contemporary artist, and it is illustrated by her husband. It’s the
story of where they grew up in White Russia before the revolution, and what
happened to them after as artistic careers and their move to Paris began to
take off. I was intrigued because it’s a memoir about one of my
favorite artists, so I thought that that would be really cool to read. I have
a couple other medieval related books that just jumped off the shelf at me I
have “The Art of Courtly Love” by Andreas Capellanus and “Magic in the Middle
Ages” by Richard Kieckhefer. These don’t seem like they’re particularly related
to each other, other than the time period, but these are both things that I am
really interested in. The courtly love book is primarily because of the “Orlando
Furioso” buddy read that I was doing with Fariba over at The Medieval Reader,
and the “Magic in the Middle Ages” is because I’m interested in the
history of magic, folklore, religion, etc., and I thought that that kind of thing
would be interesting to read about. My final non-fiction book is a book that
I’ve been wanting to own for some time but never got around to purchasing, and
that’s “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome” by Mary Beard. Mary Meard is a scholar and
also a public intellectual of the classical world in terms of
mythology, archeology, et,c and this is her book that is about the history of Rome. I
think that I’m probably going to be familiar with the broad strokes of this
book because I double majored in classical studies in college, but I still
think that there’s always something new that can be learned from reading books
about a topic that’s familiar to you, especially when it comes from a writer
that’s as amazing as Mary Beard. Seriously, if you’ve never read anything
by her, do yourself a favor and check her books out because they’re amazing. She’s
funny and she’s just an absolute treasure. I wish more academics wrote the
way that she does. And then finally, I picked up some books that I remember
from childhood that I found quite by accident because my dog was with me and
she wanted to sniff the bottom of the bookshelves in the kids’ section, so I
was curious what she was smelling, and it led me to some books that I really loved
when I was a kid: “The Castle in the Attic” by Elizabeth Winthrop and then there’s
apparently a sequel called “The Battle for the Castle.” I did not know that “The
Battle for the Castle” existed as a child, and because the FemmeFanTale
read-a-thon is coming up, which is where we read books by female fantasy authors,
I was like, well, one of the challenges is to read a middle grade book– I already
know that I love this one, I’m really curious to read the sequel and see
what’s going on here. So if I remember this correctly, this series is about a
boy who has a castle that is magic in his attic, and the little knight that
lives inside of it comes to life, and the boy has to go inside of the castle
to help the knight out with his quest. Again, I read this when I was a pretty
young kid, so I only really remember it in super broad strokes. I’m sure that
because I want to read it for FemmeFanTale, you’ll hear about it when I wrap
that up. Does anybody else ever have that happen where it’s like, you’ll
remember you have a really good emotional memory of a book that you read
as a kid without necessarily remembering the plot or any of the details? Like,
there are some books where I still remember the plot because they’re tied
to the emotional memories, but books like this where it’s like, oh, I
I really enjoyed that, but what the heck even happened in that book?! I don’t
really know. So that is it for the used books that I acquired recently. Have you
read any of these? I am interested to hear what people’s thoughts are about
the stuff that I picked up because it really is kind of random and all over
the place. If you liked this video and you would like to see more like it,
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updates every time I post. Thank you all very much for watching, and I’ll see you
in the next one. Bye!

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2 thoughts on “August 2019 Book Haul: Used Books [CC]”

  1. Adam Leon says:

    I love used books, especially those with a bunch of little notes written inside accompanied with underlining and annotations. Makes me feel like I’m reading a book alongside another person.

  2. actual spinster says:

    just a heads up that needlework is about like child sexual abuse! so if that's something u cant read about/are upset by take care!

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