Monday, February 01, 2010

January: Buying

I have never kept track of how many books I buy in a year's time.

Is it as many as I think/fear/suspect?
We'll know the answer in a few more months.

Books bought in January, 2010: 8

1. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville. It was past time for my encounter with The White Whale. I saved money by buying a cheap Signet Classics edition with no explanatory notes in the back which I regret. New book.

2. Assassination Vacation - Sarah Vowell. What can I say? Sarah Vowell designed the perfect vacation! American history with humor and attitude. Used book.

3. Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis. I want to read more children's literature and this story is set in Depression-era America, which makes it even more desirable. New book.

4. Wicked - Gregory Maguire. BOOKLEAVES book group pick. New book.

5. Great Expectations (audiobook) Narrated by the delectable Hugh Laurie. New audiobook and *very* expensive.

6. Towards Another Summer - Janet Frame. I recently read and saw the book and movie Angel At My Table and became interested in this New Zealand writer. New book.

7. The Rough Guide To Classic Novels - Simon Mason. As if my wishlist weren't already miles long. Brilliant list! The international aspect will knock your socks off. New book.

8. Frozen In Time: The Fate Of The Franklin Expedition - Owen Beattie & John Geiger. I bought this because I'm interested in doomed expeditions to the Arctic, but I also realized that the authors are Canadian! Good find, eh? Used book.

8 is a little overboard, but not as bad as I could be.

11 comments:

Okibum said...

Eight! That's amazing!

Heather J. said...

Ooh, #8 sounds good - just my kind of book!

So, now that you're keeping track of your book purchases are you keeping track of the prices as well? I think I'd be afraid to do that, but it might be interesting. :)

ambearo said...

I don't want to be a downer, but WHO THE HECK CHOSE WICKED!!?! One of the most overrated, boring books I've ever tried to read. One of my 3 DNF from last year (and the only one that will stay that way- the other two I was reading in Chapters so I didn't finish because I haven't had time yet). Horrible book. Blah.

Heather J. said...

ok, since ambearo said it, I just had to come back and agree wholeheartedly - I did actually make it all the way through b/c it was a book club book, but I was NOT a fan, not at all :( maybe your experience will be better ...

Autodidact101 said...

Sarah Vowell is so funny, I love it when she's on The Daily Show.

Autodidact101 said...

That's a really fun idea for posts, I'm tempted to copy you on my blog but I'm afraid my husband will see it:)

Bybee said...

Okibum,
Amazing good or amazing bad?

Heather,
I'm afraid to do prices...I'll just put new or used book. If I find something particularly cheap, I'll boast about that, of course.

ambearo,
Bernadette.

Heather,
Wicked has been an easy book to find and I do love the cover, but I haven't been eager to read it. Afraid of disappointment, I guess.

Autodidact,
I didn't know Vowell was on the Daily Show..I'll have to look for clips on youtube. Does your husband like to read? Maybe he has bookish piles of his own to confess!

Sam Sattler said...

We seem to be going in opposite directions this year, a swap of roles. I'm making a conscious effort to get more books from my library and you're spending the kind of money I usually spend every month. Weird...

nat @book, line, and sinker said...

eight is modest--good for you!! i don't want to tally up my book purchases in light of the ease that is buying books on kindle. it's very dangerous and there should be a warning! all you have to do is click 'buy this book' and PRESTO, you've got the book. very hazardous to my bank account!

ambearo said...

Darn you Bernadette!!! ;-)

Sue F. said...

I LOVE (well, I think I do) your idea of keeping track of how many books bought in a year. Since being newly retired, I am trying hard to limit that number-with not much success, I might add!

I may copy your idea!