Sunday, December 2, 2012

{Frabjous Friday #6} ...on a Sunday.

Frabjous: adj. a word used to describe a happy day; ex., as read in Jabberwocky: O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Frabjous Friday is a weekly feature in which I share the books I have recently won, been given, borrowed, or purchased.


I want to share some recent acquisitions with you and while I typically do this on Fridays, that was 2 months ago, school has been a jerk, and I didn't have time Friday but have time today, so to heck with technicalities. Now on to the good stuff!

One day this week my husband had to go out of town for work and just happened to run across a Barnes & Noble. When we finally got to see each other that night he had a surprise for me! *Cue angelic choir*

The five on the left are from the Mr., the fourth being a planner you'll see in a minute.
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice includes the first three in the series: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned. I have only read the first two but loved them and foresee this being a series I want to own. This is an awesome start!
The second book is the first two volumes in Gregory Maguire's The Wicked Years series, Wicked & Son of a Witch. Hooray! I've wanted these books for ages, so I'm super-excited about making room for them on our shelves.
The third is a gorgeous edition of Jane Austen's works. It includes Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Narthanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. He doesn't realize I have a book similar to this with the same selections, but I don't mind in the least. It's a beautiful gift and you can never have too much Austen. Now I'll have an edition for the family room shelves and one for in our bedroom!
The fifth book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and I absolutely love it. The binding is dark and sinister and sets the mood perfectly for the mess of human emotions and relationships that lies within.

The book on the far right is one of the absolute best books I've read all year (read my full review here). The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a spectacular adventure and I was very excited yesterday when I went to Vintage Stock in Joplin, MO (a new & used bookstore that also carries video games, comics, movies, & geeky stuff galore) and found a used copy for $6. There was a special event going on that ended up getting me $5 off the transaction, so I only paid $1.07 for it! I couldn't believe my good luck!

Alright, the planner. My husband knows what nerdy tastes I have, so when he was at B&N he found this...

...and had to get it. So I shall boldly enter 2013 with space-adventuring captains and Trekalicious quotes at my back.

What books have you given, received, or borrowed over the last few weeks? I'd love to hear about them!
Mary Beth


  1. I think I just fell in love with you after seeing your planner.

    The Vampire Chronicles are amazing up until the 4th in the series. After that it fell apart, the writing felt contrived, rushed, and it had way too many erotic adventures for me. The first four are a MUST READ. Queen of the Damned is by the best of the entire series and to this day one of my favorite books. I even have the graphic novels :)

    1. Feeling starry eyed? Bwahaha! :D

      Well, that's disappointing to hear. I also heard that some of the books somehow cross over into other series and things get a little squirrelly. Ah well, I'll read them all (eventually) just for the heck of it but I'm glad I've been forewarned. I have heard fantastic things about Queen of the Damned so I'm REALLY looking forward to that one. How do the graphic novels compare?

    2. Queen of the Damned is ABSOLUTELY FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC especially if you are a vampire lover.

      The graphic novels rock my socks off, lady. Rock. Them. Off.

      The movie blew. It sucked so bad, it's like they took Chapter 1 and Chapter 23 and the last page of the book, and made the movie from there forgetting the rest of the book.

      Whew, I get up on the soap box when we discuss vampire novels. <3

    3. Sweet! My husband loves graphic novels & I need to read some so those sound awesome!

      Re: movie that blew. Are you referring to Interview with the Vampire or Queen of the Damned? I haven't seen either.

      Haha! Soap boxes totally allowed here! :D

    4. You and your hubs should enjoy the graphic novels, I am not sure how easy they are to find though. I bought mine back in high school.

      Both movies were atrocities.

    5. Hm, I'll do some looking around!

      That doesn't particularly surprise me, unfortunately. Not a big fan of adaptations so I never planned on watching them. I'm glad I didn't get my hopes up!

    6. I can't to hear what you think of QotD. :)

  2. Those look so lovely on a shelf. And I love the planner, lol!

    1. Thank you! Haha, YES. I am going to wield my planner proudly. And call Worf if I have any problems :D

  3. I think I love your husband. How do you feel about sharing? :D

    1. Bwahaha! I told him over the phone that you made a profession of love and I'm pretty sure he blushed, while laughing, of course :D


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