My second book shelf is terrible. Not only is it about to fall apart, but there is no logic in the way the books are arranged. Well, a lot of the books have something to do with my dissertation topics and/or study topics, but add the odd Somerset Maugham here, Russian classics there, plus my bird and insect books, and you have a terrible mix. The shelf is located in my study, which is about to go through some kind of revamping - soon, I hope, because these days the entire room is so chaotic that I don't feel like spending time there.
I ran out of space for my books so out went my shampoos and toiletry from the bathroom shelf and in came books.
These are some of the books that used to belong to my grandfather.
And here are some of my recent flea market finds. First, a four-volume by Kurt Von Tippelskirch, a high-ranking Nazi general, who wrote the history of the Second World War from the standpoint of battles and military logic. The original book is from 1951. This Finnish translation came out in 1959. In this world packed with "moral" histories of WWII, I found this one very interesting.
These are Lenin's collected works (not complete works, unfortunately). They are supposed to be in four volumes, but I only found three. They were only 50 cents a piece though, so I bought them even though they were incomplete. The Finnish title is "V.I. Leninin valitut teokset", and the guy at the flea market thought that they were the memoirs of someone called Vilen!
These are my favourite books at the moment. The diaries of Anais Nin are fascinating. Alongside Virginia Woolf and Aino Kallas, Anais Nin is one of those top female writers that I truly admire and respect. I am missing the second volume of her diaries. I have the final two volumes in Finnish, but they are rather well translated.
Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex made a huge impact on me when I read it a couple of months back. I found this paperback at the flea market for 50 cents, and only realised later that it has been signed by Eugenides himself. Too bad my name isn't Jessica!