Even though book blogging has been a pretty crazy place lately, I just want to say that I love doing this. This week I have gotten some of the most amazing emails from authors, some of the best tweets and some of the best conversations. So I just wanted to say to all of you: thank you for everything you do. Thank you authors who are reading this blog and take the time to email me. Thank you readers who comment all the time, thank you new readers and thank you lurkers. You all make blogging wonderful.
You know what else is wonderful? Seeing Margaret Atwood give a reading from The Year of the Flood and discuss writing and the environment with She. She even sang us one of the hymns from The Year of the Flood! It was amazing. Rebecca at Book Lady’s Blog has a much more detailed and comprehensive rundown of the event. I’ve only ever been to two author events, Tim O’Brien and Margaret Atwood, and both were absolutely amazing. It definitely is a high standard set. Where Tim O’Brien had me in tears the entire time, Margaret Atwood had me laughing hysterically. She’s so funny! I got my copy of Oryx & Crake signed and Ms. Atwood told me she liked my nail polish. We also talked about Twitter.
You know what else is amazing? LIBRARY SALES. I killed the library sales last weekend and this weekend.
All of these books cost less than $30! In the real world they easily would have cost $400! There were two separate library sales, one at the library by my boyfriend’s house and this weekend at my library. Both libraries had an amazing selection, though I have to admit the one near Z’s house had a lot more like-new books. I can’t wait to dig into these books as soon as my finals are over.
So are you ready for the run-down?! I hope someone feels like reading about this awesome loot, because I’m going to list them all.
1) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: I found this mint condition copy of The Blind Assassin and was thinking about getting it signed when I went to hear her speak, but ended up just taking Oryx & Crake. I’m really excited to read this one because it looks fascinating.
2) Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture 1875-1945: This book sounded really interesting and I want to read non-fiction this year, so this was a win.
3) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon: I have read one Chabon and really enjoyed it. I got this one from the library and had to return it before I finished.
4) Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris: I really trust Oprah’s Book Club. I usually like them a lot, so I picked this one on a whim based on the Oprah sticker.
5) The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry: Poetry!
6) Until I Find You by John Irving: I love John Irving and everything I’ve ever read of his, so I’m really looking forward to it.
7) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: I was really excited to find this book for so cheap because it is huge. I know that Eva read this and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to it.
8) The Lost City of Z: A Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann: I was kind of disappointed that this book is missing the dust jacket, but I really want to read it, so I grabbed it.
9) Flesh & Blood by Michael Cunningham: I read and loved The Hours and A Home At the End of the World (until the ending…) and was so-so about Specimen Days, but I’m looking forward to reading this one.
10) Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres: This memoir looks absolutely fascinating! Julia grew up in rural Indiana and has two adopted black brothers. She also stays at a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.
11) Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra: I haven’t heard much about this, but it’s another one I was excited to find for so cheap.
12) Deaf Sentence by David Lodge: This is about a linguist. I love linguists!
13)Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan: Another one I checked out from the library and didn’t get a chance to read.
14) Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks: I got Birdsong off BookMooch a long long time ago and still haven’t read it, but something about this guy intrigues me.
15) The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic: This book is pretty much amazing. I read a bunch of it a couple years ago, but never finished before I had to take it back to the library (um, trend?). It’s a lexicon and was originally published in Serbo-Croatian.
16) Kare Kano by Masami Tsuda: My first manga! I’m not sure what this one is about, but Z says it is good.
17) Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee: I read a piece of travel writing by Chang-Rae Lee in a college class and fell in love with it. I’ve been trying to find one of his books ever since.
18) The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken: Beautiful cover! Not sure what it is about, but I am swayed by lovely covers.
19) Mao II by Don DeLillo: I read The Body Artist by DeLillo years ago and hated it. But I always like to give authors a second try and a lot of people really love DeLillo, so we’ll see how it goes.
20)Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde: Glad to get my hands on this one! My only fear? That I’ll end up wanting to own the whole series!
21) Jewel by Bret Lott: Something about this book screamed summer reading and I just had to have it. Anyone read it or another book by this author?
22) Silence by Shusaku Endo: This is a random find. I’ve never heard about it, but it looks really really interesting.
23) Peace Like A River by Lief Enger: This another one that I think I am vaguely familiar with. Looks wonderful!
24) The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe: Let me tell you a story about Tom Wolfe that I might have told you before. I read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a class my freshman year of college and enjoyed it. I thought it was interesting and well-written. So then I picked up I Am Charlotte Simmons and it was AWFUL. TERRIBLE. One of the WORST books I’ve ever read! Talk about stereotyping everyone. From college students, to people from rural areas, to women and GAH. I hated that book. Most of all, I hated how often Wolfe felt the need to say loins. Have you ever heard anyone say the word loins in real life? No. The answer to that question is no. Then I tried to read The Bonfire of the Vanities, got to page 4 and he said loins and I lost it. I marched back to the library and returned the book. Anyway, one day I might be able to read this. Maybe. We’ll see.
25) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton: Classic, yay!
26) Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: I have loved everything I have read of Jacqueline Woodson, so I am very excited to own my first book by her.
Okay, whew. I’m exhausted now! Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I take to the beach with me? What should I start with? Have a wonderful Sunday, kids!