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Thursday, May 21st, 2009



Drawing by Ray Cruz

I think I’ll move to Australia.

What book character are you most like today?

Confessions of a bookaholic

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

This has been a particularly heavy book purchasing week, with tonight’s haul definitely overshadowing the results of any other recent trip by far. Here’s the list, and a brief “why” for each title:

Shoeless Joe, W. P. Kinsella. Someone on LibraryThing inquired about books to help an older teen get into literary comprehension, and listed baseball as an interest. This turned up in a search and sounded good.

Dude, Where’s My Country?, Michael Moore. I’ve only seen a couple of his documentaries; never read his books. Part of a buy one, get one free deal.

The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan. Picked this up twice tonight – once in paperback, new, full price; again remaindered hardcover, four bucks, also part of buy one, get one free. Anyone need a copy?

The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan. Had to get it to complete the series, I was told!

Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg. It was in the bargain box for three bucks. I couldn’t NOT buy it, even though I already own two other copies. I may run a contest at some point and offer a choice from a selection of books; this would go on that list.

My Life as Author and Editor, H.L. Mencken. Utter impulse buy. I’ve never read Mencken, but have meant to, and the fact that the biography was ordered to be held until 35 years after his death was too potentially delicious to pass up.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling. Mare had to get this one; it’s an early edition Bloomsbury Press release, one of the hardcovers with the illustrated binding.

Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum. Never read it; figured I’d pick up an el cheap-o used copy and give it a shot. Should have checked Gutenberg first; didn’t think of it. Need to work on that.

Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works, Aphra Behn. Another bargain box find; read some of her poetry I think in last semester’s women’s lit class.

Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie. Read the e-book and wanted to own a copy.

Ironhand, Charlie Fletcher. Book two in a trilogy; both Mare and I thought it looked interesting, and it was a remaindered hardcover in the buy one, get one boxes. Ratings are good on LT, and one review calls the first book “basically Neverwhere for children,” which is a positive recommendation as far as we’re both concerned.

The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan. Rounding out the series, since I’ll likely finish it this weekend.

Thunderstruck, Erik Larson. Mare’s pick from the remaindered books at Red Hill; definitely up her alley, and whether or not I read it will depend on her level of enthusiasm.

The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, David Bornstein. Another Mare pick; this could be fascinating, but not something I’d pick up on my own. Will again gauge her reaction and decide whether or not to read :)

Pure Dead Brilliant, Debi Gliori. Found this one for Mare; she’s read the first two and loved them.

Anyone have any feedback on any of the titles I’ve not read? Besides the Percy Jackson books, of course; I know you’ve got plenty to say about those! I’m getting there, I promise…!