Two weeks after my last post stating that I was not going to purchase any more books until I had read the ones that I own I went and bought a bunch more… Well at the time I kind of forgot about the Public Library’s annual fundraiser: The Friends of the Library Annual book sale! Today was the last day and also the $4 bag of books sale. Well I HAD to take advantage of that! I already broke the rules last week. I did buy a Stephen King novel at the airport. And I started a book I borrowed from the library. Let’s just say my previous post was more of “guidelines” for my summer reading….
Anyway I would like to share the list of books that I purchased! (Alphabetical by Title)
A Drink Before the War – Dennis Lehane
An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
Deception Point – Dan Brown
Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King
Marriages and Infidelities – Joyce Carol Oates
Mating – Norman Rush
Paradise – Toni Morrison
Rose Madder – Stephen King
Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
The Balance Within – Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.
The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Supremacy – Robert Ludlum
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Stephen King
The Passion of Artemisia – Susan Vreeland
Underworld – Don DeLillo
Up in the Air – Walter Kirn
White Oleander – Janet Fitch
What an awesome deal. Except if I move again I will be kicking myself. And when in three years I have still only read 4 of these I will be kicking myself again. Oh well, at least its not becoming some sort of problem…or addiction or anything….
Well at least it is a cheap problem! I am not addicted to buying new books. Though if perhaps I had a large disposable income I would be. I will be aware for whenever I have a larger income not to go crazy in B & N!
Oh wait, I forgot one because it is still out in my car. I also got Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. I am already reading the first book on the list because I love Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro books 🙂
Maybe I should just make myself frequent this website so I don’t act on my” urges” : http://bookshelfporn.com/
Summer is the best time to crack through the books! I already have a goal on Goodreads that I will read 50 books in 2011 and I think I have read 17 so far. Not too bad. I think I will aim for one book a week through the summer and vary it with longer and shorter novels, bestsellers with classics. I am also going to try and limit myself to books that I already own but have yet to read. Who does that? Buys books for the joy of owning books but doesn’t read them for 3 years? None of you bibliophiles out there I am sure 😉 Ok and I also plan on reading Harry Potter 4-7 before the film comes out on July 15th but am not going to list them here.
1. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899)
2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007)
4. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898)
5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2003)
6. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory ( 2006)
7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
8. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)
9. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (2002)
10. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)
11. A Kestral for a Knave by Barry Hines (1968)
12. Moonlight and Sword by Isolde Martin (2002)
13. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
14. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)
Here are some of the great living American authors I would like to read more of before they die.
Don DeLillo (b. 1936)- Haven’t read yet but would like to read: White Noise (1985)
Cormac McCarthy (b. 1933)- Have read The Road (2006); would like to read No Country for Old Men (2005) and Blood Meridian (1985)
Toni Morrison (b. 1931)- Have read Jazz (1992); would like to read Beloved (1987) and Song of Solomon (1977)
Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937)- Have read The Crying of Lot 49 (1966); Would like to read Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
Philip Roth (b. 1933)- Have read The Ghost Writer (1979); would like to read American Pastoral (1997)