Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Summer In Book Hoarding

Reading is just about our favorite thing in the world. We seem to accumulate more books than we can read - and this is true regardless of how quickly we read. Fortunately, we have become pretty good at finding bargains. Here is a complete list of the books we acquired this summer (one of the benefits of living in a neighborhood with so many serious readers is that a lot of very good books are available for a dollar or less, and sometimes for free, if you keep your eyes open.)

Housing Works Summer Sale
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud - $1 (hardcover)
Right as Rain, by George Pelancos - $1 (hardcover)
Up in Honey's Room, by Elmore Leonard - $1 (hardcover)
Bag of Bones, by Stephen King - $1 (paperback)

Flea Market on 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets, Brooklyn
The Luckiest Man, by Jonathan Eig - $2 (hardcover)

Stoop Sale on Berkeley Place, Brooklyn
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman - $1 (hardcover)
The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane - $1 (paperback advance reader's edition)
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman - 50 cents (paperback)

Stoop Sale on 8th Street, Brooklyn
The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris - $1 (hardcover)
Dry, by Augusten Burroughs - 50 cents (paperback)

Stoop Sale on 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
god is not Great, by Christopher Hitchens - $1 (hardcover)
In the Woods, by Tana French - $1 (paperback)
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 50 cents (paperback)

Give-Away Pile on Stoop on Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Up in the Old Hotel, by Joseph Mitchell - free (paperback)
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, by Suketu Mehta - free (paperback)

Give-Away Pile on Stoop on 9th Street, Brooklyn
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham - free (paperback)
Timbuktu, by Paul Auster - free (paperback)

Give-Away Pile on Stoop on Berkeley Place, Brooklyn
Everything Changes, by Jonathan Tropper - free (paperback)
Hell to Pay, by George Pelancos - free (paperback)

Amazon.com (pre-order)
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen - $15.12 (hardcover)

We probably did not need to buy any of these books, but we don't think that $30 is too much to spend, over the course of four months, on our favorite hobby. Finding room to store all of them is a bigger problem. Fortunately, PaperBackSwap and Bookmooch help us get rid of the ones we've read and replace them with books that are new, or at least new-to-us.

1 comment:

Ellen said...

Solid, solid haul. I should do an accounting like this, I think I bought fewer books than last year, but not sure.

In what other form of entertainment will $30 go so far?