May ’13 Book Haul (or I Have an Infestation of Vashta Nerada Please Send HEY WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?)

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Hey, it’s June! Holy fuck when did that happen.

Anyway, as I actually acquired new books last month I figured I’d share which ones I got with y’all, and how I plan to never ever read them. (I have too many books. Someday they will revolt. Either they will, or the alien flesh-eating beasties that live within their pages will.)

Book #1, May book haul #1

Book 1 — a knitting book!

Book #2, May book haul #1

Book 2 — another knitting book!

Tweed: More than 20 Contemporary Designs to Knit, by Nancy J. Thomas, and More Big Girl Knits, by Jillian Moreno & Amy R. Singer

Mom and I had to head to Oscar’s a while back and I found these two sitting in the discount bin. Each was 5 dollars, instead of 35. I had a little bit of extra money and I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity like that. So I got them, along with a journal. Because I have a problem. (No, seriously, I have several empty journals waiting for me to eventually get to them. I probably never will.)

I’m excited about the first one because I do love tweed, and the second one, well. Duh. The title is terrible but who cares? It’s not like we buy knitting books for their incredible titles.

May, 2013, book haul #2

Books 3 thru 17 — a bunch of fiction and one non.

An Echo in the Bone and Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon; Time and Chance by Kim Campbell; Trigger by Susan Vaught; The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant; The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson; A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron; The Edible Woman and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood; River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke; and Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

This batch I scored from the book exchange upstairs. I didn’t leave any books this time, but I will next time I’m up there and I have a book or two to get rid of. (There are a lot of books up there, so I’m not too worried about even numbers. People are constantly adding to and taking from the collection.) Anyway, this means they were all free.

Two Margaret Atwood picks: The Blind Assassin and The Edible Woman. I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale and The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home (not finished yet; not sure if it’s even done) by her, and I didn’t have these yet. Someday I’ll read them! And the other Atwood books in my collection. Not sure what they are off the top of my head.

A couple of Diana Gabaldon books — Lord John and the Private Matter and An Echo in the Bone, though I can’t start the second one until I’ve read the rest of that series. Kim Campbell’s memoir — not sure if I’ll ever actually read it, but she is my godmother so I figured I sort of had to have a copy of her memoir.

The copy of Trigger that I picked up is an ARC. It’s YA, about a kid who tries to kill himself. So I’m interested. The Joy Luck Club, The Help, Water for Elephants, and Like Water for Chocolate are all within the category of “everyone keeps saying I should read this, so I guess I will eventually,” and they were free and there and so I said Hey, why not?

As for the rest of them, they just sort of caught my eye. Expect reviews whenever I get to them. (Going to try to get better about reviewing stuff, here and at Goodreads.)

I’m also going to do a book haul post at the beginning of every month, about the books I got in the previous month. No books acquired? No post.

Happy reading!

-Kat

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2 thoughts on “May ’13 Book Haul (or I Have an Infestation of Vashta Nerada Please Send HEY WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?)

    • I’m expecting that. One of the reasons I want to read it is so I can properly critique it (especially when faced with the “HOLYFUCKBALLS IT’S SO UH-MAZE-INNNNNGGGGGG” crowd), you know?

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