As you can see, I’ve managed to control my book shopping urge somewhat this month (kind of?). Mostly because I’m going on vacation and don’t want books in the mail too close to departure day. Someone needs to make sure they arrive, you know? So a few books, and the mug gets an honorable mention for being book-related. And instructional.
Tom Rob Smith – Child 44
Because it was cheap and thrillers practically never get long listed for the Man Booker Prize. It could be good.
Edan Lepucki – California
Because it’s post-apocalyptic and that’s about all I know. Kind of a blind buy, this one.
Fourth of July Creek
Because it’s set in the American heartland, dark, violent and about the End Times. I do like me some End Times!
Neel Mukherjee – The Lives of Others
Because it’s gotten great reviews and I haven’t read a lot of books set in India. Maybe none.
Karl Ove Knausgård – Min Kamp (My Struggle) 6
Because I’m starting volume 5 soon (I hope) and would like to finish the series this year. Also because, if it’s anything like 1-4, it’s going to be amazing.
Carys Davies – The Redemption of Galen Pike
Because I like short stories, it sounded great and it was pretty. I’ve reviewed it already. It was ok.
Jacques Strauss – The Curator
Because it’s supposedly dark and unsettling and set in South Africa, which is new to me.
Keith Lowe – Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Because I have a weakness for World War II history.
Tor Rye Andersen – Den nye amerikanske roman (The New American Novel)
Because I finished university ages ago and we didn’t get around to all of these authors, several of which are among my favorites. Also, it was dirt cheap.
Because we should listen to the mug!
I accidentally stumbled upon some cheap paperbacks. What’s a bibliophile to do?
Patti Smith – Just Kids
Because people have been recommending it for years.
Jon Krakauer – Into Thin Air
Because I do love these types of books and Into the Wild was pretty decent.
Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms
Because I didn’t have it. Yikes.
August will most likely be even more quiet, book purchasing wise, as I’m away for half of it. But I will probably order a few things off my Amazon Wish List. And of course I’ll need to pre-order the new Franzen novel that’s out September 1. And even if I don’t end up getting as many books as the past couple of months, well, my shelves are bulging with unread books as it is. They’re all just standing there, waiting, hoping it’s their turn next. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t keep buying. By no means! Just ask Umberto Eco and/or Nassim Nicolas Taleb about that. They’ll tell you that unread books are more valuable to us than read ones.
” The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there.”
Yeah, definitely. I’m totally onboard with this. Buy more books! Let me know if you spot a fitting mug for that.