I feel like I’ve acquired a ton of new books this week. Over the last few weeks I requested a lot of things from the library — the books on my shelves just haven’t been inspiring me. I’m on long wait lists for a few of them, but I guess the others were all in because my library book pile feels huge.
This week The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart came on Wednesday, and I picked up Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf on my walk to the coffee shop yesterday. I’m not sure when I’m going to get to these, I hope soon.
I also treated myself to some new books for Buy Indie Day (Friday, May 1). I decided to visit a local indie bookstore, A Room of One’s Own Feminist Bookstore, which is just off State Street in Madison. Since I don’t buy myself new books very often (I mostly buy used), I decided to make these picks a little symbolic (dorky, I know).
The first book I picked was The Book Thief byMarkus Zusak. I bought this entirely based on the great reviews I’ve read on book blogs, so this book represents my love and respect for the book blogosphere.
The second book was Journalistas, an anthology of writing by women journalists. I picked this one to represent my future career in journalism and in deference to the fact that I was shopping at a feminist bookstore. Again, super dorky, but these things help me justify spending money on new books when I don’t have much money at all!
Both of these books are sitting quietly on my bookshelf, waiting to be read as a reward that I’ve made it to the end of the semester. I cannot wait until I turn in my last final on Friday, May 15!