So, hi, intarwebs. Can we have a chat? Because I’ve got some confessions to make. You remember that time, not so long ago, when I took all the books back to the library and it was awesome and cathartic and I was doing the rest of my community a service by making all the books I’d been hoarding like a greedy hoarder available? And I went from 50 books down to 35 and it was painful, but wonderful? Yeah. About that. I fell off the wagon.
I was all prepared (really!) to do another cathartic book return when I remembered that beautiful time when I didn’t just request books but I browsed the stacks and let serendipity take care of the book choosin’. And I was jealous of past-Lu for having that joy. So I decided, oh, well, what can a little peek at the stacks hurt? Just a few minutes of browsing can’t do that much damage, right?
Sigh. I left the library with 9 extra books, plus all the things I had on hold. And more books can never be a problem, except for my shame.
Except I get more books, so I don’t feel too ashamed, mostly just excited.
Timbuktu by Paul Auster: I read The Book of Illusions by Auster a little over a year ago now and I remember being blown away by how tragic and convincing it was. The summary of this book sounds really good and I’ve heard excellent things about it. And I just happened to stumble upon it in the stacks, so you know it’s meant to be.
The Book of Daniel by EL Doctorow: There was a time when I only read books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. Book blogging killed that (probably for the better), but I got a little nostalgic and decided to pull a book off the list. I read City of God two years ago and really liked it. The Book of Daniel is a fictionalized account of the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg trial and execution.
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block: Very recently reviewed over at things mean a lot, by Nymeth, and I was intrigued. So I put it on hold immediately.
Disquiet by Julia Leigh: There is no good reason for this remind me of Memory, except for the fact that it is little and French. It might not even be French, just set in France.
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham: So I found this series on The Perfect Binge, a lovely little blog that posts about delightful things. I didn’t know if I should start with the prequel, which this is, or with number 1. Anyone know?
Guernica by Dave Boling: A lot of my undergraduate work was focused on northern Spain, especially during the Spanish Civil War. I have seen the painting Guernica, and though I’ve never been to Guernica specifically, I have spent time in northern Spain and it’s an area that is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve read plenty of non-fiction about Guernica, but no fictionalized accounts.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: Even though I’m technically done with the RIP IV challenge, I still have plenty of books to read! After loving We Have Always Lived in the Castle, this is at the top of my TBR list.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer: Yeah, I went there.
In the Lake of the Woods, July, July & Tomcat in Love by Tim O’Brien: After seeing Tim O’Brien speak on Saturday, I knew I had to get more of his books. I can say easily that The Things They Carried is one of my favorite books, but since I haven’t read any other Tim O’Brien, I knew that it was time. So I went a little crazy.
That’s not even all the books, but it’s all I have energy to post about for today! I can’t wait to dive into these, but unfortunately I have some school work to do :(. Maybe if I write 3 pages of my paper before class, after class I can have some me+book time?