Friday, May 14, 2010

Half Price Books booty. Arrrrrr!

Magyk, the first Septimus Heap. Primo liked it well enough to ask me to get the next few.

The Amulet of Samarkand, the first of the Bartimaeus trilogy. I haven’t given this to Primo yet. He is travelling with his dad next week, and will need reading material for the plane. (And if you think I am sending library books out of state with that child, you are sadly mistaken.)

Jason and the Golden Fleece - by James Riordan. We are all about mythology these days.

Star Wars 1,2, 4-6 – More plane material.

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) – Mark Waldon. Yeah, I couldn’t decide if this looked stupid or cool. For a buck, I decided to give it a shot. Primo hasn’t finished it yet, though. I started it and still can’t decide if it’s stupid or cool.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club – Gil McNeil. I love this book. It’s right up there with Raffaella Barker’s Hens Dancing and Summertime for go-to comfort reading of the English novel variety – only with bonus knitting and yarn talk.

Bonjour Tristesse – Francoise Sagan. The classic French coming-of-age tale, blahblahblah. I forget where I first read about this. I have a moldy green hardback copy, but this is a compact little QP version. So I can throw away the moldy one.

Keeping Watch – Laurie R. King. One of King’s non-Mary Russell novels.

Until I Find You – John Irving. If you ask me (and you have), Irving jumped the shark about two thirds of the way through Owen Meany. But for a dollar, I am willing to give him another chance.

Model: The ugly business of beautiful women – Michael Gross. Why do I want to read this? I do seem to have a thing for exposes of an industry – think Fast Food Nation, The American Way of Birth and …Death, and most of Mary Roach’s books. Or those books that delve into the nasty underside of the sports of figure skating and women’s gymnastics. They make good reading.

Astrid & Veronika – Linda Olsson.

In Fact: The best of creative nonfiction - (Lee Gutkind, ed.). Sometimes I need books lying around that I can pick up and put down, and pick up and put down, and pick up and put down…this is one of those. Plus, Gutkind teaches at the local university.

A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes. One of you recommended this to me when I was reading something else that was allegedly similar. Yeah, I know. I’m killing you with details.

The King’s Daughter – Suzanne Martel. Mail order brides and pioneer living. Excellent.

The Mother Dance – Harriet Lerner. Cuz I love reading books that tell me what I am doing wrong. But of course. Also, it makes H crazy to see me reading books like this.

This Day in the Life: Diaries from women across America (24 hours of true life stories). Aren’t there some bloggers we all know in this?

World of Knitted Toys. I have already been apprised of which child wants which animal.

I'm missing three. Huh. That'll teach me to keep my receipts.

10 comments:

pschuler said...

I'm coming out of blog lurk long enough to defend my man John Irving. The Fourth Hand deserves your criticism. Until I Find You does not. It'll be a long haul for you, with some familiar Irving-esque themes -- but overall, BB, the payoff is so worth it. At least it was to me. (Did you not like A Widow For One Year? I still cannot go back and re-read that one, since I read it at a time in my life that is still too tender to dwell on much. But wow, I loved it.)

BabelBabe said...

I recall enjoying Widow. But The 4th Hand was abysmal. And this one looks good.

Jess said...

I know I read The Fourth Hand, but I must've completely blocked it out because I don't remember a thing. Owen Meany was my introduction to Irving, and I have a soft spot for it. But the more Irving I read, the less I like him, I think.

I LOVE Bartimaeus. I squealed when I found out there's a 4th book coming out this fall. Love, love, love. The audio versions are particularly awesome, if Primo does audio.

Badger said...

Am suddenly feeling SO ahead of the curve re: Astrid & Veronika. I loved it, as you know, but so many bloggers to whom I recommended it hated it, as you may also know. So there you go.

TLB said...

I heard Irving read from Until I Find You once and it convinced me never to pick it up.

But I love Owen Meany, FWIW.

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