Throughout the excitement of Christmas and New Year, I have left this post in the draft for a long while. There are some interesting acquisitions of books in December 2010 that I would like to share with you (You didn’t think I stop buying books for one moment, did you?) 😉
Early in December, Secret Santa at work gave me this 3 books and an adorable bar of chocolates with snowman and snowflakes on it. Secret Santa Steph (I found out later on) took the trouble to read through my reading list of this blog and found out that I haven’t read any of Joanne Harris’ novels and I have been dying to read “The End of Mr. Y“. It takes a bookworm to know another, and I am really please with her choice. (Thank you Steph!)
These are a pile of haul I bought from here and there.
The Silver Lining Playbook by Matthew Quick – I bought the book because it made me laugh so hard, read it and wanted to keep a copy. Under the comedy façade there is an important underlying message about mental health issues. It’s a good lift-me-up book and I encourage anyone who’s got the blue to give it a go.
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick – requires no introduction. It’s my favourite book of the year and one that I was so affected that I’ll never take simple things in life for granted again.
After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima – a book that I would like to be a permanent feature in my shelf. The condition of the book unfortunately wasn’t good, so I am still hunting for a better replacement.
Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki – recommended by Tony, and one of his 2010 top 10. This looks like a good way to start reading Tanizaki.
March by Geraldine Brooks – I have been eyeing it for a long time. So for the price 10p I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Iliad by Homer – let’s hope I can get through this and understand what’s the buzz all about.
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes – was a shortlisted book in Man booker Prize 2005, it’s a real case of two men who grew up world apart in 19th century Britain, and they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as ‘The Great Wyrley Outrages”. I am curious to know more about it.
The Post Birthday Girl by Lionel Shriver – is one of my favourite ever since I read it in 2008, with Rice Mother by Rani Manicka going for pittance for hardbacks, I will do everything to haul them home.
I have also bought the following 5 books at one go on the 18th December.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – heard a lot of Meh! reviews about the book, but I like to take my own time and find out for myself.
Mr Rosenblum’s List – Bina of “If you can read this” highly recommend the book, and it’s a book of “friendly guidance for the aspiring Englishmen”. Sounds interesting.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – Although I have my eye on Lord Jim a long time ago but this is one of the most quoted. So it’s a good place to start reading Conrad with this book.
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey – was selected in Oprah’s book club. It tells the story of a 23-year-old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation in a 12 steps-oriented treatment center. It became non-fiction top sellers for 15 weeks in 2005, but the writer was embroiled in a controversial report that the book is a fabrication but not a factual memoir as it first claimed.
At this point, are you still with me? Oh you are? Good, because surprise, surprise, I found something between the used books that I bought.
I found a….. 5 Pound Note!!!
The £5 note unfortunately is defaced (but usable). It says: ” (Atrocious vulgar expression…) I hope your eyes burn everytime you look at this.. Love, XXX.” 😀
Ooooo… My eyes burnt too, because now I got my 5 books for FREE!!! It’s exactly how much I paid for my 5 books!! Hurray!!!
Next come my very prized purchase of the month ….. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño!!
The book came through from Amazon.co.uk, withdrawn stock from Belfast Public Library it is complete with dust jacket and in excellent condition.
The cover is beautiful with Renaissance drawing and somehow the number 2666 implies something mysteriously Satanic (you know 666 being the devil’s number and all that). I hope I will be able to find time to read this one and probably need some company to do this, it’s 912 pages. 😉
Bought another 4 books on New Year’s Eve on a prowl in Bracknell and came home with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope, The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan and The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre.