National Bookstore is holding a summer sale until the 5th of May, which means I’ve still got a handful of days to grit and bear. Every day has been a test of character, more than the usual. I’ve been amassing books as it is. For the past week, I’ve gone to three branches, some repeatedly. There must be a special place in Literary Appreciationists / Hedonists Heaven for me. There better be.
So. Here is the loot, which is a fraction of the total since I last posted a Book Dump. I don’t think I can post that total at all. In some cultures, this may be regarded as shame.
Books I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now:
- Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin;
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: I have read the first part of this book before, but I was so outraged by this proposed prequel that I have lost the book, and so here is a new copy to gleefully hate;
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I’ve wanted to read this for a long time [which says a lot about my emotional and mental health, no?] and I really like this edition;
- The Road by Vasily Grossman;
- Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn;
- The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday.
Not my usual fare, but why not?
- Trying out a new publisher from an author I’ve read once or twice before: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan;
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead;
- Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen;
- Jane by April Lidner: I will read this pretty much with the same guardedness I’m reading the Rhys, haha—am fiercely protective of Brontë’s Jane Eyre, obviously.
It seems that once I had my blissful reunion with romances, there’s no end in sight. Love it.
- From familiar and loved authors: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James, and Treasure of the Sun by Christina Dodd.
- Old anthologies of erotic novellas: Playing Easy to Get, with works by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, and Kresley Cole; and Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, with works by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, and Jaid Black—I’ve actually read these before, in e-book format, but I want to relive the experience in the dead-tree format.
I’ve been looking for you everywhere, dammit.
- Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa;
- 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein;
- The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt;
- The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim;
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson;
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray.
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Who’s going hungry in the next couple weeks? Who, who, who? You are, oh yes you are, yes yes. Shoot me and my still-encased-in-plastic books. Hurhur. [Oh god, there’s still more than three-and-a-half days to go.]