Monday, July 13, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Only one book came in the mail last week, so Mailbox Monday is pushing it. But many came into my house last week because I stopped at a church rummage sale Friday morning and snagged a couple of books that caught my eye, and I used my Reading Local contest winnings at Title Wave, the Multnomah County Library book store. Most of the Title Wave books are ex-library, with plenty of stickers, stamps, and tape, but they are in very good condition and make good reading copies. I was lucky though, and got a nice edition of 2666 -- the three volume, boxed, paperback set -- from a stash of uncirculated copies Title Wave is selling for $12.50 (the cover price is $30). I have mixed feelings about this book, so getting a good buy on a cool edition makes me more inclined to read it -- as if that makes any sense. The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos (which I won in a give away and now cannot for the life of me find my way back to the hosting blog -- sorry!) London Fields by Martin Amis (From the rummage sale; I am interested to read more of Martin Amis's books because I have only read Money.) Cuisine Novella by Antoine Laurent (The first sentence on the cover caught my attention -- restaurant in Paris -- but now that I read the rest -- fantasy, time travel -- I have buyer's remorse. Good thing it was from the rummage sale!) Nuns and Soldiers by Iris Murdoch (I'll read them all eventually.) 2666 by Roberto Bolano (see above) Shaken and Stirred: Through the Martini Glass and Other Drinking Adventures by William L. Hamilton (Ex-library, but looks like a lot of fun.) The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier by Colin Woodard (I love lobster and I love Maine -- can't wait.) Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter J. Conradi (for when I finish the novels) Christmas Comfort & Joy by Better Homes and Gardens Books (All the Christmas books are ex-library, but they make great reference books for when I go Christmas crazy.) Christmas With Southern Living 2004 by Rebecca Brennan Christmas With Victoria 2000 by Kim Waller

10 comments :

Mari said...

Christmas books already! :)

gautami tripathy said...

Those are a lot!

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bermudaonion said...

You got some great additions to your library this week. I enjoyed The Night Gardener when I read it years ago.

Caitlin said...

I spent a fabulous semester in college where my Honors tutorial was an independent study & for it I read all of Iris Murdoch - from first book to the most recent in chronological order. I went in to my prof's office once a week & we discussed.

It was a wonderful way to read an author & I thoroughly enjoyed her. She remains one of my favorites. I wrote the paper on the The Sea, The Sea which I still sometimes dream about. It might be time to read that one again.

Kaye said...

OOh, the Night Gardener was good. Iris was a good movie. Judi Dench actually does look like her in a way.I never read the book though.

Rose City Reader said...

I think I'm looking forward to The Night Gardener, but I generally avoid books that have serial killers in them. This one got such high praise, that I will give it a try.

Caitlin -- I am so jealous of your Iris Murdoch class. What an incredible experience that must have been! You might be the person to ask about the literary mystery I am trying to solve.

Mary said...

They all look like good books. I'm a fan of lobster and Maine, as well :)

Laura said...

I got the same 2666 set a week-and-a-half ago from the same place. Imagine that.

Rose City Reader said...

Laura -- No kidding? You got he same 2666 book? Funny! Just don't suggest it for Book Club.

Serena said...

wow, that's a lot of books...happy reading. I am still waiting on Pelicanos' book

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