Thursday, April 2, 2009
This pile snuck up on me
In an attempt to put myself on a stricter budget, and to force myself to read through some of the ridiculously large pile of books next to my bed, I made a resolution not to buy any new books this year. Okay, I knew that wasn't going to last. But I did want to see how long I could make it without getting out my wallet to buy books.
I'm actually proud of myself for the restraint I've shown so far this year. And I am making inroads into the crazy book pile. But I guess I'm a bit of a book magnet--I've still been acquiring books, even without buying many. I keep getting books as gifts, and ARCs. And I did make an exception to my "no buying" rule for book group books, of which there have been a few.
So here's the pile I've accumulated, despite my best intentions:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. This one is for my book group's next meeting. I've heard this described as both "the best book I've read all year" and "pretentious". Hmm...
The Believers, by Zoe Heller. Also for my book group. Also given mixed reviews.
Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris. Given to me as a very, very belated birthday present, along with
Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris. In which I am warned to watch out for something shocking. Again, hmm...
A Mercy, by Toni Morrison. Borrowed by my mother from her good friend, and left here accidentally on a visit. Sorry, Mom! I'll send it back to you when I'm done.
Any thoughts on these?