I must say that, although I am doing my own patting on the back, I did have a kind of victory the other day. What was it, you ask? The library had a half-price book sale (half-price!) and guess what – I didn’t go.
I did spend all day thinking about going to it and then stopping myself, but the end result was I didn’t attend. And I didn’t attend because, frankly, I have enough books at the moment and if I collect any more, then it will be overboard.
However, I must insert one caveat here. (There’s always one, isn’t there?) The day before the book sale, I had gone into a new thrift shop (a giant cavernous one) and maybe – perhaps – possibly bought a book or six. (You see – I’m not that much of a Book Angel after all!) Someone had obviously just gone through their bookshelves, and heavens to Betsey if there weren’t some choice titles there.
I had to get them. You know – because…
And so in the top photo, bottom to top, is what happened to slip into my bag and into my home that day:
- The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby (love his book columns from the Believer mag) (NF)
- Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States – Hector Tobar (NF)
- Brighton Beach Memoirs – Neil Simon (wanted to read a play)
- The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island – Linda Greenlaw (NF)
- The First Rumpole Omnibus – John Mortimer (F) (Iove him)
- Girl with the Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien (F) – looks like gritty Irish fiction which I’m interested in reading
So – some good titles added to the burgeoning TBR shelf for future reads. Hooray for thrift shops!