One of the perils of living in a town without a bookstore is that I have to constantly suppress my urge to buy more books. I’ve been holding the book-acquiring demons in check by checking out new books from the library almost constantly, but library books can only hold back the book buying for so long. I’m only human.
A couple weeks ago, after a particularly busy week and frustrating Friday, I lost my battle with self-restraint and went on two (two!) only book buying binges, one from Powell’s and one from Barnes and Noble. After anxiously waiting for my pretties to arrive, the second package finally landed on my doorstep Monday. The books!
First, the Barnes and Noble purchases:
Methland by Nick Reding — Cass (Bonjour Cass!) was talking this one up on Facebook, and I couldn’t resist. Narrative nonfiction about the effects of meth on rural America between 2005 and 2007? How could I not read that one? It’s the first book I grabbed when I opened the package.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller — If you read my post over on Book Riot tomorrow, you’ll find out about I’ve been feeling like there’s a huge gap in my reading. A number of books in the pile, including this one, are part of my attempt to fill in the gaps.
Night Draws Near by Anthony Shadid — Anthony Shadid was a well-known foreign correspondent who recently passed away in Syria. I’ve never read his writing about the Middle East and wanted to have one of his books to try.
My second batch of books was from Powell’s. Before I talk about the books, I just wanted to give a shout-out to Powell’s excellent customer service. One of the books arrived in pretty bad condition (a number of these are used), and when I e-mailed to ask about an exchange they got back to me within a half hour and said they’d send one right away. It was great.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — This is another fill-in-the-gaps book. I did read this one in high school, but I don’t remember much about it. Plus, a season two episode of The Wire showed a prison book group reading this one, which made me want to read it too!
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley — This is another book I’ve never read, I’m almost ashamed to admit. The edition I bought has a few critical essays at the back, which I am extra excited for.
Salt by Mark Kurlansky — This one has been on my radar forever, but I finally decided to buy it after putting it on a themed reading list I did for Book Riot a few weeks ago, all about books inspired by the grocery store. It looks so fun!
Griftopia by Matt Taibbi — Sarah (Citizen Reader) raves about Matt Taibbi all the time, but I’ve never read one of his books. Hopefully having it on my shelf will change that!
Personal Finance in Your 20s for Dummies and Life after College by Jenny Blake — I recently reached a personal savings goals (enough money to live for six months if I happened to lose my job), but not am not sure what to do in terms of saving/investing money. I bought both of these books because I think they’ll help me.
And finally, three books that arrived for review/from a giveaway that I am also super excited to read:
House of Stone by Anthony Shadid — I won this one in a Twitter giveaway by the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I won it after I bought Night Draws Near, so now I have two great books to read. I’m excited, but also a little sad.
India Becoming by Akash Kapur — I mentioned this one in my March reading plans; it’s a review book from Riverhead that I’m looking forward to as well.
The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin — I used to only accept nonfiction books for review consideration, but I’ve been opening that up a little bit recently for books that sound really great. The Reconstructionist, about a man who works as a forensic reconstructionist, sounded really interesting to me.
The boyfriend was not especially pleased when all of these books arrived in the house — I’m rapidly running out of bookshelf space and may need to appropriate more shelves around the apartment to make room. But me? I was over the moon. I haven’t wanted to do anything but read since the first package arrived, which is awesome.
When was the last time you went on a book buying binge? Any suggestions on which of my beautiful new books I should read next?