book dump || Don’t Judge Me

Think of this as a diversionary tactic: I’m not feeling too keen on writing the usual kind of posts I’ve been doing, and I figured a stack of books might bedazzle me — and some of you — long enough to not mind the drought of book thoughts. Aherm. So. Here are a lot of books:

  • The Duchess, by Jude Deveraux — the first romance novel I ever read, and I figured it’s due for a reread. [Couldn’t find my original copy, so yay for reissues.]
  • The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker.
  • Vox, by Nicholson Baker.
  • The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, by Siri Hustvedt.
  • A Plea for Eros, by Siri Hustvedt.
  • How to Breathe Underwater, by Julie Orringer.
  • Anagrams, by Lorrie Moore. Have read, and it’s one of the most awesomest-awesome books I’ve ever read. Writing about this might just pull me up from blogging slump.
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen.
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer.
  • Room, by Emma Donoghue.

  • Hard to Handle, by Lori Foster. Get it?
  • The Truth About Lord Stoneville, by Sabrina Jeffries.
  • A Hellion in Her Bed, by Sabrina Jeffries.
  • On Love, by Alain de Botton.
  • Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nemirovsky.
  • The Blue Stone, by Jimmy Liao.
  • Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon.
  • How to Be Alone, by Jonathan Franzen.
  • The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood.
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, trans. Lydia Davis.
  • Dark Hours, by Conchitina Cruz.
  • The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by Reif Larsen.

So many books I’m excited about — most of these books I’ve been lusting after for the longest time. If only the world disappeared so I could get to reading. [Note, too, that there are no OWCs and NYRBs — they’re quite difficult to chance upon here in the Philippines, at least the places I frequent, so that might just be a widdle problem for next year’s project.]

Also. Most of these books have been packed into boxes — P. and I are moving out of the apartment. It’s chilling to see the shelves empty. But more so seeing the boxes all over the floor — we’ve got a lot of heavy books between us two. Huh.

Anyway. This is all for now. [I sound so distracted, this whole post, haha.] Burrowing back under the covers, and, well, working. Ew. Har.

[PS — It’s been three and a half months since my last Book Dump post!]

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10 comments

  1. Good luck on the move. I am not looking forward to the moment I have to pack and unpack my own bookshelves.

    Many of those sound very interesting, although I admit I hadn’t hear about a lot of them.

    1. There’s still so much to pack for — this is kind of a rushed move, on account of unreliable landlady — but we’re just trying to get things done. Although this afternoon, after apartment-hunting, my boyfriend and I looked at each other, as if to say, “Hell, I don’t think I want to move. Dammit.” But, yes, the books were the first ones to get packed. And no, not looking forward to unpacking. But I am excited to see how the books look in a new setting. :]

  2. I LOVED fire in the blood, I hope you enjoy it too. i just posted about it on friday. that’s a delicious collection of books and I hope they help pull you out of your slump, good luck moving.

    1. I love these book stacks, I really do. I try not to let a day go by without me having read anything — I’m still reading a lot, it’s the writing-about-books I’m having trouble with at the moment. I’m incredibly lazy, haha. I’ll head over to your review of Fire in the Blood at the soonest!

  3. Ok, I’m jealous of your stack. Seriously salivating. I’ve never heard of some of these authors and am desperate to know what you think of them! Is that Lydia Davis translator as in THE Lydia Davis of Auster fame?

    1. Yes, it’s the same Lydia Davis! That’s why I’m doubly excited — I’ve always wanted to read Madame Bovary, and what better translator than an author I already love? :]

  4. I enjoyed both Atwood’s The Blind Assassin and Franzen’s ‘How to be Alone’. Great haul. You’ve got a real mix of titles there. I’m really interested in ‘My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me’ and have also heard lots of interesting things about ‘The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet’. Enjoy!

    1. I’m looking forward to Franzen — I’ve amassed three books of his on my shelves, and I am yet to finish reading one. I’ll remedy this soon, of course. I’m very happy, really, about this book stack — so many books I’ve lusted over for months and months!

  5. Very pretty stacks!

  6. lovely lovely books! Congrats.

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