I'm not buying books right now because I don't have the money to buy books right now, but if I did, these are the books I'd be buying in a heartbeat:
Pinkerton's Sister by Peter Rushforth
Literature and the Gods by Roberto Calasso
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Luana by Umberto Eco
The public library doesn't have the Calasso or the Pamuk, although it probably will order the Pamuk. I could get on the extensive waiting lists for the Kostova, Cunningham and Eco or bide my time until they show up at the university library, and I can probably have the Rushforth by the end of next week if I go into the library today and pay my fines, thereby getting my privileges restored.
Sigh. Guess I'll go pay my fines. That's the cheapest solution.