Sunday, January 9, 2011

One of my favorite book sources

I absolutely adore reading. Since I go through books so quickly sometimes, I find it difficult to keep enough books on hand to read. Which is why I was overjoyed when I discover Project Gutenberg several years ago. It offers a huge collection of free e-books as well as some free audio books. These are books whose copyright in the U.S. have expired allowing them to offer these books to the public. The site has thousands of e-books in various languages which you can read online, on your kindle, ipad, iphone, iwhatever, and also your personal computer.

I downloaded several books to my laptop when I studied abroad in France last semester. Being able to have classic books in English when I was feeling a little homesick was a very good thing, and the books didn't take up any extra space in my suitcase.

The biggest problem that I have with Project Gutenberg is that with the large number of books browsing for interesting reads can be time comsuming so here's a short list of some interesting books that I read last semester.

  1. Dracula by Bram Stroker - On a weekend trip to Dubling (birthplace of Bram Stroker), i somehow found myself on a Dracula Haunted Castle Tour. Obviously, I had to read the book after.

  2. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Mr. Wilde is another writer from Dublin. I had never read anything by him before, but after seeing his statue lounging in a park in Dublin, I felt that I needed to do a little reading.

  3. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James - This one had been on my reading list for a while, so I decided to go ahead and read it when I had a little downtime during the semester.

  4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Again this is another one that was on my list because I'd heard so many references to it. I haven't finished it yet, but I imagine that I will when the semester starts back.

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