13 books bought this month. This bookworm in overdrive is starting off with what promises to be a bad trend — I’m acquiring faster than I’m reading. Gotta slow it down. It could have been worse, though. During a recent visit to What The Book? I saw two Jim Thompson novels I haven’t read yet: A Hell of a Woman and The Grifters. Also, I wanted a copy of Stephen King’s Carrie and have had no luck finding it, which I find a little odd.
The next seven books…well, that’s Alex’s fault. He recently moved back to the UK, leaving an Alex-sized hole in my Cracked Spinz book club. (Faulkner Guy had also departed a few days earlier. Ouch.) Right before he left, Alex invited people to his apartment to take what he was leaving behind. This counts as book-buying because I felt guilty about leaving with such a large armload for free that I gave him all the money I had in my pocket, which was approximately $4.00 (USD). Here’s what I got:
Grimms’ Fairy Tales – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Cute little pocket edition with illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux. I’ve never seen the movies, the play or the musical. You could drive a tank through this gap in my cultural learning.
Democracy In America – Alexis De Tocqueville. This looks daunting.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I haven’t yet found a Russian author that I can warm up to, but maybe it’ll be Solzhenitsyn. My other reason for picking up this book is that Solzhenitsyn and I share a birthday — Solzhy and me and Brenda Lee.
Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne. I tried this when I was younger, but got bored quickly. Am I still that same reader?
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho. I know, but it’s short. Maybe I can muscle through and rack up some international author points.
The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl. Lit Detectives! This looks like fun.
Then I went to Seoul and you know how that always goes:
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen. This is the pick for Bookleaves‘ March meeting. I hope I like it better than The Corrections.
Book Lust To Go – Nancy Pearl. America’s favorite librarian recommends books based on location. Her chapter titles — states, cities, countries, continents — had me bursting into an off-key, lyric-mangling but spirited rendition of I’ve Been Everywhere. Good stuff. How can I say no to Nancy? Don’t answer that.