I have already been to Half Price Books twice this week, but as Trish and Erin reminded me, this weekend is their annual Memorial Day sale, with everything in the store being 20% off. With that type of incentive, how could I resist?
As is always the case when it comes to spending money on books, I was pretty successful.
Incendiary, Chris Cleave: I have Little Bee, but I haven’t cracked it open yet. Usually I would try not to buy a second book by an author if I have yet to read the book I already own, just to insure that I like the writing style, but this time I figured what the heck.
Smart Women, by Judy Blume: Earlier this week I bought another of Blume’s adult books, Summer Sisters, and I have already read it. Once I read this one, I am fairly sure I will have read Blume’s entire canon.
The Journal of Dora Damage, by Belinda Starling: I can’t remember which blog it was, but I read a great review of this book a few months ago and it’s been on my TBR list ever since.
The Painted Veil, W Somerset Maugham: I have On Human Bondage but haven’t yet read it. I picked this one up because I have seen some good reviews for it around, especially this one from The Zen Leaf.
The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier: Chevalier’s books are usually a hit with me, so this one was a no brainer.
A Novel Bookstore, Laurence Cosse: I won’t lie–I bought this one solely due to the fact that it was published by Europa.
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers: My sister was reading this one on our vacation last week. I have had my eye on it for awhile, but she is the one that finally convinced me to go for it.
Zeroville, Steve Erickson: Again, another Europa. The book flap really intrigued me; “It is an August afternoon in 1969. A hippie “family” led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above LA.” I didn’t even need to read more. I was hooked at “Charles Manson”. I’ll let you in on a little secret–I have a creepy fascination with the Manson Family. Helter Skelter is one of my all time favorite books.
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier: Again, I like Chevalier. I have wanted to read this one since it was published, but just hadn’t purchased it yet.
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore: “The best American writer of her generation”, Nick Hornby. If she’s that revered by Hornby, I definitely want to give her a shot.
So that’s it. I am all shopped out and I can’t justify anymore spending. Was I the only one who who used my absence at BEA to justify book buying?