Thursday, September 17, 2009

Latest stack of books

I think I still have seven books preordered that should show up in the mailbox between now and the middle of November. I'm feeling the draw of older books, though--both classics and newer titles that have simply been on my shelves unread for too long--so I suspect and/or hope the stacks of new material become less frequent. (Yes, I know I've said this before.)

Pictured above:

True Murder. Yaba Badoe. I'm not sure where I originally heard about this one, but Amazon in the UK continued to recommend it to me until I broke down and ordered it from the Book Depository.

Reading by Lightning. Joan Thomas. Heard about it in a thread at Book Balloon. I like reading Canadians.

The Thing Around Your Neck. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I had a gift certificate to Borders and this was the book that cried out for me to take it home.

Blood's a Rover. James Ellroy. A review copy. This will be my first Ellroy and I chanced upon a rat torture scene while flipping through the pages so unless I grant myself permission to skim certain parts it may be my last. I'm such a Winston Smith.

Infinite Jest. David Foster Wallace. My own personal copy! Squee!

The Last Western. Thomas S. Klise. Because of this post at Infinite Summer.


  1. Reading by Lightning should be good. I borrowed it from the library some months ago and had only gotten a few pages in when it was due and couldn't renew as it was on hold for someone else. I think it's a good one to purchase, the first pages were really good.

  2. Thanks, Claire, that's good to know.

  3. I love James Ellroy, but somehow, I don't think he's going to be for you. ;-)

  4. Want me to send you the book once I'm done, C.B.?

  5. Thing Around is a lovely book, though I don't find myself raving about it like I did the author's previous two books. Short stories are handy for carrying along; you can read a bit here and there and not lose anything.

  6. Nice pile. And I like the gargoyle looking on :)

  7. Ooh, you just reminded me of the Adichie book. I need to see if my library has that one!

  8. I only know True Murder and I have to say that Amazon are right - it is a gem - enjoy!

  9. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one buying books! I have an order coming from Amazon any day now. Hopefully tomorrow! The reading list is back! Did you like Dance Night?


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