Sunday, July 3, 2011

Adventures in Un-bookening: June 2011 Edition

This was a really bad month. In my half-hearted defense, both the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library had really great used book sales, at which all books were $1, and whose proceeds went to benefit AIDS-afflicted homeless people at the Brooklyn Public Library, respectively, so I . . . (enormous rationalization) bought generously?? Book austerity begins again in earnest this month.

Borrowed from library
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Purchased (used)
The Princess Bride, but William Goldman
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
The Way Home, by George Pelancos
Palace Walk, by Naguib Mafouz
The Master, by Colm Toibin
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson
The Children of Men, by P.D. James
Spooner, by Pete Dexter
Falling in Place, by Ann Beattie
Secrets and Surprises, by Ann Beattie
Follies, by Ann Beattie
A Sport of Nature, by Nadine Gordimer
The Last Thing He Wanted, by Joan Didion
Ripley Under Water, by Patricia Highsmith
The Book of Evidence, by John Banville
Purchased (new)2666, by Roberto Bolano
My Year With Eleanor, by Noelle Hancock
Players, by Don DeLillo

Out: 7
Returned to library:The Moment, by Douglas Kennedy
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
Given away:Basil and Josephine Stories, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pat Hobby Stories, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Earthly Possessions, by Anne Tyler
Crow Lake, by Mary Lawson
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, by John LeCarre

Thanks to blogmigo Ellen Wernecke for the idea.


Ellen said...

Those are some great finds though! Now you just have to spend the month reading them.

Wade Garrett said...

That's how I rationalize those purchases. They're good books, the money goes to good causes, I'll enjoy most of the books that I do read and its no big loss if I don't get around to them for a while.

But its still a rationalization. :-)