Saturday, October 14, 2006

So Many Books...

Today was one of my favorite events: the local Friends of the Library book sale. I am pleased to report that not only did I not exceed my book-buying quota, I also did not buy any of the yummy, fatty baked goods they had for sale, either. In other words, I have been very good, and I deserve a gold star.

Actually, limiting the book-buying wasn't nearly as hard as it often has been in the past, as the whole experience kept conspiring to remind me of how many still-unread books I already have. I'd keep stumbling across things and going, "Ooh, that's interesting! I want to read that! I-- Oh, wait. I already have that one." There seemed to be one of those in damned near every box.

In any case, I walked out with six books:

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Longitude by Dava Sobel
Your Eyelids Are Growing Heavy by Barbara Paul
The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage
On Language by William Safire.

Looking back to the last book sale, six months ago, I see that I bought exactly six books then, too. I've read exactly one of them since. Sigh.

I did finish a book on the way back from the sale, though, so I suppose that's some kind of progress. Although it's still looking likely that I'm going to die with several hundred unread books.

4 comments:

  1. I've never read that particular Tepper, but I've liked some of her other books. (She can get a little preachy sometimes, though.)

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  2. I read Beauty ages and ages ago, and remember liking it. Although, yeah, I seem to remember it hovering on the edge of being preachy. I almost put Women's Country back down, actually, as it looks like it could easily be one of those books that's a political screed disguised as a novel, but, hey, I figured I'd give it a shot.

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  3. John Harrison is largely an unsung hero. The A&E show Longitude with Michael Gambon, Jeremy Irons and Ian Hart was excellent as well.

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  4. I read Beauty ages and ages ago, and remember liking it. Although, yeah, I seem to remember it hovering on the edge of being preachy.

    Me too, to all of that.

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