Adult, Books

Mini Used Book Haul~!

So if you saw my Monday Musing post you would know that I got a new job at a library.  I am starting my life as an actual full fledged adult.  As a reward to myself for doing something terrifying and putting myself out there for a job that I honestly thought I had no chance at all in getting (that I ended up getting!) I bought a few books.  I spent $12 on all of these so you can’t blame me too much.  It was buy 4 get the 5th free.  Who wouldn’t get stuff at those prices?

284066Alright I lied, this one I bought full price, well with my sweet, sweet Barnes and Noble Employee discount, but I swear all the rest of the books on this list were second hand.  Promise. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle has been going around booktube lately and it was one of the Murakami books that caught my eye.  I think Kafka on the Shore is still my current favorite but I have been collecting his other books in order to see whether or not there is something better.  This one might be a contender. We shall see.  This is such a beautiful copy and I had to have it.  I swear, pretty things will be the death of me.

16481836The next book actually counted as three because it is split up into 3 volumes.  2666 is often considered Roberto Bolaño’s best work.  I have been endeavoring to read more translated fiction and this has been one that I have wanted for a while.  When I saw all three parts sitting on that shelf I knew I had to get it even if it meant I would get 2 fewer books in the deal.  It is rumored that there was another part that Bolaño didn’t finish before he died.  I know it will be life changing whenever I get around to reading it, but again, three volumes, its huge.  I am still intimidated by big books.  This is something I definitely need to get over, especially since a number of the books on this list are quite large.

10357575Speaking of books published in volumes… also Murakami, IQ84 is also on this list!  I told you I was collecting his other notable works!  This is the bind up edition so I didn’t have to lose precious book counts with it but it is a huge book because of it.  I feel a little like breaking it down into volumes would make it easier to get through, because you feel like you are getting somewhere faster, I’m not sure.  In any case, another book I have of Murakami’s that I hope to get to.  I might have to dedicate a month this year to Murakami, who knows?

9328The House of the Spirits is the next book on this list.  Again, translated fiction!  I was so glad to see all of these great works by authors who speak other languages.  Isabel Allende is another big name in Spanish Speaking Literature.  I think this is her most popular work, or perhaps her most known in the English speaking sphere.  In any case I know it follows several generations of one family and has magical realism elements.  All things I like to read about so it was an easy pick!  Perhaps, as well as a dedicated month to Murakami I should do a dedicated month to translated works, although I think I have been doing a pretty good job of spreading those out this year.  I’ve already read several.

20312470The Storied Life of A.J. Fickery is one that I have heard much talk about.  Its a New York Time’s Bestseller so I know its popular.  I am not entirely sure what the plot of this one is, but I’m sure it follows A.J. Fikry around.  Sometimes I succumb to hype too guys.  I don’t know the plot though, so I can’t be too hyped.  In any case we shall see what I think of this one.  It was less than $2 so it was probably one of the free ones I got from the second hand store.  It couldn’t hurt.

Niffenegger_TTW_mech.inddOne of my closest friends in high school read this book and she really loved it so again, when I saw it and it was so cheap I had to pick it up.  The Time Traveler’s Wife is, as you would expect, a love story involving a time traveler, but from my understanding his time traveling is random and against his will.  I’m not sure exactly how the mechanics work but magical realism and a love story.  Let’s see how this one goes.  I bet it will be interesting if nothing else.  I trust her opinion in any case.

374147Now this is a book I already own.  So why did I pick up a second copy of Memoirs of a Geisha?  Because my original copy, also bought second hand but by my mother years ago, was missing the last two chapters.  Who would cut out the last two chapters of a book.  In any case I wanted a whole copy for my collection and I like this cover a bit better.  My other copy was the mass market paperback with the painted geisha face.  This one is much nicer in my opinion.  I’m thinking of doing a Flicks episode on this one because I have yet to see the film and I might reread it before watching it as well.  We shall see.

43641Water for Elephants is a book that I have wanted for a while.  I have not seen the film and yet I was intrigued.  A story that takes place in a circus.  Um, yes?  I hadn’t read many circus books in a while when Gretchen and I read The Gracekeepers and realized that I do enjoy the ambiance they give off.  I’m not sure whether this one will have the same feel but its always an interesting idea.  Who didn’t want to run off and join the circus at one point or other growing up… well me, it was scary, but I did fantasize about being an acrobat for a day.  I don’t think I would have liked it very much had I been part of it permanently.  In any case, another candidate for a Flicks episode if I get around to reading it soon.

19501This one I picked up because I needed a memoir for my pop sugar challenge.  I don’t read many memoirs and my mom read this one when it first came out.  She didn’t like it very much but said it had some interesting elements so I figured I would pick it up and give it a try.  At the very least I know it is readable because of its bestseller status.  There is also a movie with this one so, yay! another Flicks candidate.  This is one of the pros of picking up so many bestsellers which so often find their ways to second hand stores because people get caught up in the hype and then don’t want them.  Travel memoir should be interesting if not the best written.

You might have noticed that many of these books aside from being bestsellers are also pretty securely marketed at women or would be considered part of the Chick Lit category of fiction.  If you haven’t seen my Tuesday post on female spaces in literature I would recommend it because I wanted to talk about how these books are considered lesser than other fiction pieces simply because their target audience is women.  I want to read and discuss more because their intended audience shouldn’t discount the benefits or the merit of these books.  In any case, this is a really good haul for the price and I’m excited to add these to my shelves.  Will I get to them soon, maybe.  Will I get to them eventually? Definitely.  I don’t like having too big of a TBR on my shelves so its time to buckle down and read.

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Adult, Books, Musings, YA (Young Adult)

Ridiculous February Book Haul!

So remember when I said I was poor and I wasn’t going to buy any more books.  Well, I’m still poor… but now I’m poor and a liar. Damn it!

In any case I figured I should show you guys the books I have bought for myself, picked up from the library and received for review from the publishers.

(I also hope I did better than I did with the last book haul I did … :/)

I hope you guys enjoyed me being sad about spending money I don’t even have on books and then picking up more books on top of that because what is self control really, other than a government imposed torture?  Oh, its just how you adult.  Damn, Damn!

That’s all I have for you guys today!  I will talk to you on Sunday with the usual weekly wrap up!

Books, Musings

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 2/21/16

Another week, another weekly wrap up.  Welcome to the wrap up folks, here we talk about everything that happened in the #betwixtthebooks family and the books that we read which may or may not make appearances on the blogs (sneak peeks folks).

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: Michaela’s Post on what to do while listening to audio books
            Gretchen’s From the Notebook: School Book Haul
Tuesday: Betwixt the Books Discuss! DNFing Books
Wednesday: Michaela’s Post on Marvel vs. DC 
Thursday: Michaela’s Poetry Review of Your Invitation to an Honest Breakfast
            Gretchen’s Thesis Thursday on Young Adult Book Cover Trends
Friday: Michaela’s Review of The Last Man
             Gretchen’s review of Lions in the Garden

Adult, Books, Musings, YA (Young Adult)

#readyourowndamnbooks Haul/TBR

Gretchen and I are back with another Betwixt the Books video, wherein we want to talk to you guys about the books that we already own that we are excited to get to this year but have been putting off for some reason or another.

The whole point of read your own damn books is to get us to bring down that ever growing TBR.

I have a problem with getting six book from the library every week, Gretchen requests ARCs instead of reading the books she already has, we all have our vices.

If you want a sneak peek at what will be coming up on the blogs at some point this year then this is the video for you!  Enjoy!

We will be back tomorrow with a new episode of #imbibliomancy wherein we discuss Queen of the Tearling so you should definitely look forward to that!

Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

The First Book Haul with #BetwixttheBooks

Now, I have to apologize guys, it wasn’t until I was editing that video that I realized I did not tell you anything helpful at all about any of the books I mentioned.  I will put the video here and below you will find a short description of all of the books I mentioned and why I picked them up.  Next time I will make sure to have something to say about the books because I shouldn’t have the first video jitters.  I hope you enjoy, and look forward to the reviews that may come from many of these books!

18079683The first book here was given to me by my grandmother.  I heard about it when it first came out because Candace of librarianfanmail mentioned it in a video.  It had immediately caught my attention.  After taking my class on passing literature I was even more intrigued and wanted to pick it up, and just never got around to it.  This was one of the last books I read last year.  It is loosely based around Snow White and when I say loosely I mean it shares similar themes with Snow White, such as mirrors, beauty, and evil step mothers.  It is literary fiction.  I quite enjoyed it and it will make an appearance soon in a video that Gretchen and I are planning to make for you guys!

24452249The second book I received for Christmas was Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg.  I was most intrigued by this after watching Leena of JustKissMyFrog and Lauren from Reads and Daydreams discussing why they loved it despite thinking that they wouldn’t.  It is the story of a town reacting to one tragic event.  One woman’s entire family goes up in smoke on the night of her daughters wedding.  The story is told through multiple perspectives and I hear it avoids most of the genre tropes and is interestingly structured when it comes to perspective throughout it.  I am excited to pick this one up sometime soon!

17237030I actually borrowed this book from the library toward the end of last year and read the whole thing before immediately purchasing it for myself (with the British cover because look how much prettier it is).  This is the story of two women.  One, a young Japanese School Girl named Nao who is trying to find herself while writing down the story of her beloved Great Grandmother Jiko, and Two, a woman named Ruth who finds Nao’s diary on the beach in Canada, set adrift after the tsunami hit Japan.  It has elements of magical realism and mystery.  It is incredibly touching and heartwarming.  I doubt anyone could read this and not be moved by the story within.  I want to review this soon, but I’m not sure when I will get to it.23492483

The review for this one will be out next Friday hopefully as I have both read the book and seen the film now.  This is a story about homesickness.  This book barely has a plot.  It is an experience.  You sit and you read, and you hear about these characters, you learn about their struggles, their life, their love.  This is what this book is.  If you expect anything else you will not find it.  I feel like it was expertly crafted.  I feel like despite never having felt homesickness myself that I could completely understand and empathize with Eilis.  Historical Fiction following one Irish Girls life after the war when she is sponsored to move to America.

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Another book recently turned into a film although this time I have neither read the book nor seen the film but am in the process of doing so.  The reason I picked up this book was because I wanted to know what a lesbian novel from the 1950’s looked like.  That’s right this book was first published as The Price of Salt in 1952.  It follows a young store clerk who falls in love with a much older married woman.  It was in the mystery section of the bookstore and I’m not sure at all what the mystery is (Taylor would have me believe the mystery is “what is a lesbian? Lesbians don’t exist.”) but I am excited to read and find out what exactly in here is going on, and then I can go see the film.  Although I better hurry otherwise it will be gone and I will have to wait to rent it

20170404This is the first book on this list that is set to be read by Bibliomancy this spring as part of our #imbibliomancy project.  If you haven’t heard of this yet you are definitely living under a rock because it was all over the place when it first came out last year.  This is a post apocalyptic story where most of the worlds population was wiped out by a flu.  It follows a group of traveling actors as they cross the United States, performing Shakespeare.  To any of you literature nerds out there I’m sure this will be one for you.  To any of you people who like post apocalyptic or dystopian books you might also like this.  Then finally for those of you who really like literary fiction, guess where this book sits when it comes to genre!

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I’m not sure exactly how much Jen Campbell has raved about this book but it is enough that I picked up a genre that I very rarely touch.  It isn’t that I don’t read historical fiction, but I am very particular about the historical fiction I pick up (and it rarely goes past 1900).  This is the story of a prostitute named Sugar who lives in Victorian London.  This is the story of how she gets out of the brothel and slowly makes her way up the ranks of society.  I know very little about the actual plot of this book because everyone says it is something you just have to experience, but they also say it is an amazing experience so I will hopefully get to this one soon.  It is a beast of a book though, so it may be a while.  I might want to read this when I have a lot of free time.

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This is my most recent purchase and the one I know the least about.  To tell you the truth I mostly fell in love with the cover.  I find it so interesting.  I did hear several different booktubers pick it up so I did know that it was worth my time for that reason.  The back of the book tells me that it follows a woman named Jake who moves to a remote British island with a flock of sheep.  Her sheep begin to die one by one either by a person or beast.  This has elements of literary fiction and elements of mystery maybe even some thriller so I definitely had to pick it up.  Three of the things I love all wrapped into one beautiful package.  Most book lovers admit that the pretty books are their favorites, as long as the insides match the outside as well.

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We have reached the section with the ARCS I have received in exchange for my review so you will definitely be seeing these books back here soon.  I am almost done with this one, I will probably finish it this weekend if I’m honest.  This is an anthology of short stories with the common theme of, you guessed it, uncommon bodies.  There is at least one character in each story who is either born differently, of a different species, has done something to their body to enhance it, etc.  Most of the stories have an element of horror although some that I read had a bit of romance as well, and one was even a piece of erotica.  If this sounds interesting to you then you can get it now because it has already been released and look forward to my review of it next week!

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This ARC is also a collection of short stories, but these short stories all follow the same protagonist.  This is a science fiction story that starts with a short story about a man who has recently lost his daughter.  It follows his story from this point on.  Look at that cover ladies and gentleman, another masterpiece of graphic design.  I don’t know much more about this but it has already been released as well so I will definitely be picking it up next so that it too can make an appearance on the blog for you guys.  I don’t read an excessive amount of science fiction so I’m glad to have something to spice up my reading.  Especially when my reading has been so fantasy heavy due to all of my friends having hard-ons for that genre and I am left to slum it in the literary fiction by myself.

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This ARC was actually a surprise for me.  I didn’t know it had been approved as the approval came in while I was on vacation visiting Taylor.  I had scheduled all of my blog stuff for early in the week so that I could relax and not worry about it all that much.  This book is a literary fiction novel by an author whose debut was long listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women.  This one doesn’t come out until July so it will be a while before it shows up again and before you guys can get your hands on it.  The story follows the Walker family and the chain of events all caused by one mysterious stranger walking into their nearly abandoned town in Colorado.  I was surprised to receive this ARC as I’m sure it is highly requested but I am glad to give it my best shot.

I can now feel better for having botched that video so badly.  Next time I promise to do way better.  Later today I will post the post for our Bibliomancy for Beginners special of The Magician King of Lev Grossman so look out for that as well as the Betwixt the Books weekly wrap up tomorrow!

 

 

 

Adult, Books, Musings

On Awards, the 2015 Man Booker, & How I Decide What to Read (+bonus book haul)

So the lovely Ariel Bissett posted a video as part of #ManBookerVlogger Series discussing book awards in general and it sparked something inside me.  If you watched my Bookish Beginnings Tag (with flawless Betwixt the Books partner Gretchen) you will know that I, more than she, do take into consideration awards when I pick up books.  I don’t read exclusively award winners by any means, but if I am on the fence about a book and I see that it has been nominated for or won an award that may be the push I need in order to buy it.  If the book sounds like something I will enjoy I will purchase it regardless of what a panel of industry people say about it, but there is something about an award that says, if you aren’t sure about this, it may just be worth it.

Ariel mentions that the aim of a literary prize is to find a good book, the best book some might argue.  The Man Booker would be the best book published in the UK that year, the National Book Award is the same but for America.  They read a heck of a lot of books, make a long list, reread and pare it down to a short list, and then after much deliberation a panel of experts say, definitively that this, this book right here, whatever it may be, is the best book this year.  The argument that Ariel makes is that it can’t be definitive.  They cannot have read every single book that came out that year.  Which is true.

I don’t think that I would argue with them that the book they choose is the best out of the books they considered.  I have faith in the industry people to choose the book that is most expertly crafted, most successful in its goals, the best manipulator of our feeble emotional states.  However, I don’t think the best book, is always going to be the most popular book.  It will definitely sell a lot more, it will be checked out of libraries more, but every single person who reads it has different tastes in books.

I have been following The Man Book Award for the past couple of years.  Every year, what I would consider my favorite, or the book that appealed the most to me as a reader, the book that I would pick up off the shelf regardless of the sticker on the cover saying it was a finalist for an award was not the book that won.  That isn’t to say that I can’t see why the book that won, won.  I can and I do.  I can even respect the book and the author as it is, as the best book of the bunch, but it isn’t a perfect book.

After the winner was announced (many congrats to Marlon James, from having listened to the first paragraph read aloud I know your book is both beautiful and poignant, thought provoking and important) Gretchen, fellow bibliomancer Taylor and I packed into Mitraillette (Taylor’s Prius) and went to Barnes and Noble.  I bought two books (neither of which was A Brief History of Seven Killings however it will be my audio book choice of next month because I do want to hear it in its entirety).  I picked up the book that had called out to me since the long list was announced, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler and the book that I became increasinly intrigued by during all of the events up until the winner was announced, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  (I am definitely not American Biased)

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Some of the #manbooker related books on my TBR.

The thing we need to accept about literary prizes is that they bring some really great books and some really great authors into the hands of people.  They elevate books and authors that one might not have ordinarily heard of.  Now I have heard of Anne Tyler before, and A Little Life has been blasted all over the place here, but I had never heard of The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma, on top of being a debut author, they didn’t even have his book in the system at our Barnes and Noble.  I would never have heard of that book.  It sounds great and it is definitely a book I will either end up buying or pulling from the library to read.  Prizes can boost readership.

Do I think that readers should read only the books the literati tells them to? No.  Of course not.  Do I think that it is important to at least see what they are saying is good literature and to dip your toes into it yes.  Good discussion can be had about how there was only one white man on the short list.  There were authors from three English speaker countries that aren’t the big English Speaking countries.

My English degree has definitely made me more of a book snob, I am pickier about what I choose to read, I will always pick up a good romance or a good horror book and I don’t think they will ever win a literary award.  The literary awards are definitely picking from a certain genre of literature and it definitely weakens them, but there are awards for every flavor of book you can imagine, and it is a great place to find new and noteworthy reads.

When it comes to the future, Gretchen and I are planning on reading cumulatively five of the six short list books for this years #manbookerprize. We will do a joint review video for the winner, and each do two individual review of two of the short list books that called out to us.  So look forward to that.  In the mean time next week we will be starting a new feature called 30 seconds to disagree wherein we try and convince the other to read a particular book while being timed.

Books, Musings

Monday Musing: The Summer/Birthday-Book-Haul Edition

Here are the books I’ve either received as gifts or bought for myself this summer.  Some of which have reviews others are still in the TBR pile.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – review!

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Horns by Joe Hill – review!
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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – review!
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Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers – review!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I have been wanting to read this for a while.  It was quite popular in the BookTube community and I really enjoyed A Monster Calls.  I have been eyeing up the new soft cover release design because it is gorgeous and one of my book stores finally got a copy.  Obviously I snatched it up as soon as I saw it.

The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

I hadn’t heard of this before but it was $3 on sale in the scratch and dent bin at my book store.  I always rummage through it but rarely find something that actually sounds interesting to me.  It happened for once and I’m so glad it did because this book sounds great.  Click the image to get a synopsis!

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

I am still waiting to watch the movie until I read the book.  It has one of my favorite up and coming actors playing one of the lead roles.  I’m interested to see how both the book and the film stand up to my scrutiny *evil laugh*  Having a copy of it is one step closer.  I’m not sure I like the movie cover, but I definitely like it better than the original cover so this is the copy I went with.

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The First Fifteen Live of Harry August by Claire North

This was my gift from one Mr Taylor Greenwood.  You should all go tweet at him and tell him how lovely he is!  It sounds really interesting and while I haven’t picked it up yet I know it is one of the books I will be bringing with me when I go up to Ithaca to hopefully read this fall.  Taylor admits that he dipped into it before he gave it to me and enjoyed what he read so it is looking really promising.

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12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

I’m not very big on slave narratives.  Not because I don’t find them interesting, but it irks the same part of my brain that hates war novels.  I don’t like reading about people in pain.  I haven’t watched the movie yet.  Once again I have to read the book before I watch it.  I need to watch it though since it was one of the best films of last year.  I’m slacking, honestly.


A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

Already read this, loved it like usual.  My heart broke toward the end there.  If you read it than you know exactly what I am talking about.  I’m not going to put up a review for A Shiver of Light on its own but I might talk about the Merry Gentry series in general because it is one of the paranormal romance series that I still follow even though I’m completely out of my reverie of the genre.  I will say that it was a great book as they all are and this is a great series with Bad Ass Celtic Faeries that you should definitely check out if you like smutty romances with plot.

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What have you been adding to your shelves this summer?

If you have read any of the books tell me what you thought of them.  Are there any that you want me to read sooner rather than later and give a review on?

Adult, Books, Musings

April Book Haul: The frantically-trying-to-avoid-going-crazy edition

I AM DONE! (Well not at the time that I’m writing this but at the time that this is posted I will have completed the semester)  I am very worse for wear and not the biggest fan of this last semester but it is over now, I get a break and can work and read and save money.  Next semester will hopefully be better on me.

Last week I finally got the finished prints of the literary magazine I have been working on all year and the faculty advisers gave me flowers for my hard work.  I would have preferred a cash reward but beggars can’t be choosers.

I did the cover art and all of the graphic design work.  Don’t judge me because it was my first time using both illustrator and indesign and I basically fumbled around with my knowledge of Photoshop from Digital Photography in High School.

I also purchased some new books last month.  Not many each from their own trip.

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong

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Like I mentioned on Monday, this summer is bound to be the summer of Japanese texts.

Though immediately for my #fridayreads I hope to finish the books that have been sitting next to my bed for forever.  I simply have not been reading because of stress and the amount of work I have had.  When I want to relax I tend to just lay in bed and sleep.  It makes me feel better most of the time and that’s really what I needed this semester.

Those are my three currently reading books.  Things you have definitely heard before.  I tend to read American Gods while I’m doing my laundry at school but now I can read it whenever.

I hope you guys have a great weekend and are looking forward to this Sunday’s “Sunday Spam”.  I am!

If you have read any of the books I mentioned in this post feel free to let me know what you thought of it but please don’t spoil me.  While I can still read a book having been spoiled it isn’t nearly as fulfilling as it could have been if I wasn’t.

Also Bibliomancy for Beginners will be coming back so you should go out and get a copy of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Adult, Books

Twisted Neck Relief Book Haul (Plus some from March)

I got a bunch of books recently, used book stores are my friend, seriously.  Though I’m sure they are the Bane of my Bank Accounts Existence.

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Eight whole new books.  Woah!

Let’s go from oldest to newest.

I purchased two books before coming back to school, one book I had ordered a while ago and finally came in and the rest are from last weekend with my Mom.

Before coming to school I got:

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I bought Kafka on the Shore because I have recently been attempting to read more literary fiction and more texts written somewhere other than England or the United States.  This covers both of those bases.  I’m currently a quarter of the way through this and am really enjoying the story.  There should be a review up eventually.

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For those same reasons I also bought Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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This one is in preparation for Bibliomancy for Beginners over the summer.  I am going to be mixing this science fiction beauty into the mix.  Look forward to it!  I am rather fond of the towers of mobile homes on the cover of this edition.

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My Mom bought me two books at Barnes and Noble.  The first being The Art of Fielding because Goodreads keeps telling me I will love it.

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The other being Battle Royal.  Although Goodreads did not have an image for the cover I have I will post a picture with it below.  I have been wanted to read this since watch Dagan Ronpa.  If you haven’t seen that anime yet, or played the game since it just came out in English this year you should give it a try.

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I watched the movie for Running with Scissors a few years ago and the events that take place in this novel occur in the town next to the one I grew up in.  I think I will really enjoy this one, even if it is not something I would normally pick up.

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Purchased secondhand for cheap to add to my list of literary fiction on my shelves.  It is a tiny book so perhaps I will read it this summer when I have more time!

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The same as the last.  I think this book was used for a class at Cornell because the store had a pile of these they were trying to get rid of.  The class must not have liked it very much but it is on my list of 900 books to read in my lifetime.  Now I have it and in almost new condition, for $5.  Woo!

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Here are my favorite covers from this new selection:

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Isn’t that cover for Battle Royal awesome.  I love it.  Though it is a beast of a book in this edition.  Still looking forward to it.

Have you guys read any of these?  Did you like them?  Let me know in the comments!  If there is something you want me to read soon you can always suggest that as well. 😉

I’ll talk to you guys next week, have a great weekend!

Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

Spring Break Book Haul

This is a teeny tiny haul.  I bought these books for super cheap as well!  Poor college student purchasing activate!

I’m going to leave these at home because I have more books than I can read in my bookcase at school and I am not particularly jumping to read these now.

Both books were $3 a piece.  Great price for two interesting books that I will probably read over the summer.

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Book number one is definitely a summer read, and for children aged 8-12 according to the inside flap.  It is a story of two young girls, one a visiting relative, the other a foster child.  Both girls are apparently complete opposites but through events and circumstances end up working together and finding out they have more in common than they originally thought.  It takes place on Cape Cod and my home state is Massachusetts, so I must love it out of principle.

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The second book that I purchased is an adult novel which was originally priced at $24.95 according to the inside flap.  This book takes place in a small town in Iowa and has a male protagonist.  He lived with his crazy grandmother and when she becomes ill he gets to go out in the world and experience what normal life is.  There appears to be a cult aspect to this book and the idea of what you know not being everything.  It could definitely be interesting.  I also really like the cover.

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There you go, a super quick, super short, super cheap spring break book haul.

Oooooooh, interesting weird books.  I have such eclectic taste!  You might see a review for these books coming up at some point.  Summer?  Yes? No? Who knows, not me!

Super quick and super short post!  I am back to school now.  We shall see if I can keep up with this blog.  I am so busy.  Dying slowly.  Things will happen.  Hopefully.