I stopped in my tracks when I saw this copy of Anne of Green Gables and had to buy it immediately. We already have a copy, and are almost done reading it, but this one, in hardback, with the cover illustration by Rifle Paper Co.'s Anna Bond, was just too lovely to not own. There a Little Women and a Heidi, also with her cover design, that I will need to pick up. The end papers are really sweet. I might pick up a copy for my niece.
Unrelated, but still about books:
I'm almost done reading the Tenth of December, by George Saunders, and it, coincidentally, is the 10th of December right now! This was not planned and is exciting to me. This book of short stories comes with very high praise. I have been so curious about it. I have been trying to read from only our bookshelves, and not check-out/buy more books until I get through some of the ones I have waiting to be read.
I have never read anything by this author and this book is nothing like I thought it would be. Each story is a complete surprise. I have mixed feelings about it so far. It has me riveted in that, what the heck is going on in this story? way—which I like, although I know some people find this very frustrating. Sometimes all I can say about a book is I am reading it. Or, I have read it. There is so much to say about most books it's hard to start writing about them. This makes me miss my book group.
I was once in a great book group in my mid-twenties in Seattle and we had this rule, that you couldn't actually say "I didn't like this book" or "I loved this book" until the very end of the meeting. It was brilliant and it made our discussions so much better. We realized that it was so hard to have a good discussion about a book when people felt defensive that everyone "hated" a book they liked or vice versa. The meetings would spiral into defending why the book was good or bad while trying not to offend poeple—and someone was always offended.
The interesting thing was at the end of the discussion, we would go around and say whether or not we liked the book and it was always a surprise who liked it and who didn't because the observations and critiques weren't burdened by arguments defending a "like" or "didn't like" stance. This rule really changed the vibe of the whole group.
I was in another book group later and when I joined I noticed the the first thing people would say when the discussion started was "I loved this book!" or "I hated this book!" and then things could get weird and uncomfortable not in a good way. I think I brought up this rule of my old book group, but now I don't remember if we adopted it, it was between babies and I don't remember much from that time.