Stefanie's blog this week, you may have noticed that I mentioned in the comments a(nother) book buying moratorium.
As of today, this afternoon, in fact, after opening four book packages. Many of these books are in anticipation of an expected birthday check from L.'s mom this weekend, but still. And there are a couple of books yet to come--Storm Jameson's None Turn Back and Mrs. Oliphant's The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow. Only one of these books is on my read-immediately list, which is the main reason I think I need to develop some restraint.
I don't think I can make it the full four months I've been mulling over, but I am going to do my best to make it until February 1--that's when Karen Russell's first novel, Swamplandia, is coming out and I'm dying to read that just as soon as I can get my hands on it.
The new books are:
Birdbrain. Joanna Sinisalo. Did anyone read Sinisalo's Troll: A Love Story from a few years back? I pre-ordered Birdbrain months ago, based on how much I'd enjoyed the earlier novel. A Finnish couple go backpacking down under taking along a copy of Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Saint Augustine. Rebecca West. I'm going to give top priority to my Rebecca West project in the coming months.
Mistress of the Art of Death. Ariana Franklin. From C., who thinks I ought to read it soon if I expect her to retain enought detail to discuss it with me.
The Aeneid. Virgil. A birthday gift from W., chosen from my wish list, but given with the plea that I please not make her read it with me when I attempt it next year.
Surreal South. Laura Benedict and Pinckney Benedict, eds. Contains unsettling works by a lot of Southerners, plus, somehow, Joyce Carol Oates.
Chalcot Crescent. Fay Weldon. A futuristic satire.
Troubles. J.G. Farrell. Had to return the library copy of this that I'd checked out over the summer and got tired of waiting for it to be returned.
Poison Penmanship. Jessica Mitford. Subtitled the gentle art of muckraking.
Aurorarama. Jean-Christophe Valtat. First in a steampunk series set in the Arctic.
Doctor Zhivago. Boris Pasternak. For next month's group read at Nonsuch Books.
And yes, that is a new Kindle to the left of the bookstack, an early birthday present freshly loaded with Connie Willis's Blackout and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. He's my bus buddy and his name is Trey.