I realized yesterday that I need to read just one book a week for the rest of the year and I'll reach 100 for the first time since 2001. A shamefully small number for many book bloggers, I know, but one that makes me happy nonetheless--particularly since I have not cut back on internet useage at all. Whatever happened to my resolution last January to use time wisely?
But I do intend to cut back on book purchases so that I'll have time to work through some of my stockpiles--particularly since I may need to downsize the collection considerably if we move. No more giving myself a pass to buy a book because it's available in the UK and not in the US--my alma mater's libraries routinely add the British titles even more quickly than I can manage to, and, if we move, I'll live close enough to check out great swathes of them.
But the new books that have squeaked in before I officially change my nefarious ways:
Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell. Borrowed from my daughter.
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. Review copy.
A Handful of Dust. Evelyn Waugh. From a sale table at the Strand.
Under the Glacier. Halldor Laxness. Ditto.
Hindoo Holiday. J.R. Ackerley. Because of a mention at Like Fire and because my daughter's going to India next month.
The Story About the Story. J.C. Hallman, ed. Because of Dorothy.
Miss Herbert. Christina Stead. Because I'm collecting Steads and the Strand had it.
Sunflower. Rebecca West. Because it finishes my West fiction collection and the Strand had it.
Half Broke Horses. Jeannette Walls. Because I loved The Glass Castle.
The Lacuna. Barbara Kingsolver. I've not read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle yet, so I'd have felt too guilty to purchase yet another Kingsolver in hardback if not for the Amazon/Wal Mart price war.
Under the Dome. Stephen King. I'm not much of a horror reader, so I've read only a couple King novels in my life, but I always enjoy reading about him, and then this one sounded all appealing and was already on my wishlist to read before the Amazon/Wal Mart price war made me click the buy-now button.
The Complete Stories. J.G. Ballard. Thanks to the balance left on a gift card, I was able to snare this for $2.56. Woo hoo.
No more books for me for awhile.