Hi friends, I hop you had a great weekend. Since I was gone for about a month, I’m trying to catch up on blogs. So I figured it would be fun this week to talk about what I’ve recently purchased at Half Price and on the Kindle store.
First, let’s talk about my physical books. I mentioned this in my last blog, but the last month and a half have been really awful for me. I’ll fill you all in soon once I can. All that to say, I needed a bit of retail therapy even though I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything during Shop My TBR months (any month with 30 days). Last month was the first month of Shop My TBR and I’ve already made a mess of it.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I got this book for two reasons. One, I really like Rushdie’s work. Two, it checks off two of the Book Riot 2018 Read Harder Challenge: read a book set in a BRIC country and read a book of colonial or post colonial literature. Is it cheating to use the same book for two challenges? I don’t know. Not to me it isn’t, lol.
Anyway, I’m reading it now and overall I’m enjoying it. Every time I sit down with it I have a nice time following our main character. It’s written as you would expect a winner of The Best of the Booker to be, which is to say beautifully, concise, and with purpose. Rushdie is a fantastic writer, full stop. I feel like that might have something to do with being in hiding for years and years. If I was hiding from certain death brought about by people of my own childhood religion, I’d probably do a lot of writing too. I’m joking of course. Rushdie was more talented than I’ll ever be LONG before the bad business with the Muslim community.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Can you believe I haven’t read this yet? I had a copy of it a few years ago that I sold when I moved. It’s going to be a while before I get to this one though because it’s going to make me wail and cry and I’m a little tapped out at the moment.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
I saw this book all the time when I worked at Borders. It was on sale for $3 or something so I got it.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Okay, here’s a story. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and The Secret History. I went as far as to check this out from the library earlier this year, but pettiness got in the way of a good read. At the time I was starting to read through/edit the first draft of my first novel and, well, let’s just say I’m no Donna Tartt. Reading her writing and then reading mine was really depressing so I returned it to the library. I figured I could hate myself just fine without her help, thankyouverymuch.
So when I saw it on sale for $3 (and okay, the dust jacket is a little worse for wear but who cares) I bought it. I’m going to give it another try because I think I’ll actually enjoy it once I grow up and stop being such a bitter amateur writer.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I haven’t read this so I got it. I’ll read it eventually.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I haven’t read this one either. I would say outside of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov I haven’t really read a lot of Russian literature, so I’m going to fix that next year.
So, I have a really bad habit of checking the Daily Deals on Kindle… well, daily, and I find myself buying a lot of eBooks that I may have heard were good at some point. So here they are
- Five Centuries of Verse: Wordsworth to Tennyson by William Stebbing. Unfortunately the formatting of this eBook makes it impossible to read.
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
- On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Complete Plays of T.S. Eliot by, well, T.S. Eliot
Okay, that’s it. That’s my book haul. I bought 12 books in the last month and I read nine, three of which were graphic novels. So I’m in the red. My library is too endothermic. Eventually my house will explode and fiery book pages will rain down from the sky. Or maybe that’s Hell.
Here’s a cat: