Library Book Haul

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You know how it goes. You just got a huge stack of books from your birthday, then you collected a stack of books over the course of a couple weeks, then you think “Gee, the library book sale is coming up!? Sign me up!” I swear, I normally don’t buy this many books, but to be fair (to myself) they’ve all been super cheap. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold | I’ve been wanting to read more road trip books and this one might fit the bill. This book is about a girl who has to travel across the US to see her sick mother. It sounds like it may be sad, so who knows when I’ll get to this one.

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley | I’m not sure why I got this one… I have it on my Kobo because I think I got a free ebook somewhere? But I’m never going to read it on my Kobo, so I decided to get the physical copy that I’m probably never going to read? Logic.

The Callahan Chronicles by Spider Robinson | Oof, this cover, man. I tried getting a good picture of the illustration along the bottom of the cover and I love it. I love the idea of an alien bar, and that is literally all I know about this bind up. Also, badass author name.

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Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore | Yeah, I already own this in a bindup. So? Just look at this badass cover! I had to do some major tumblr sleuthing to find this tumblr post that inspired me to buy C.L. Moore’s books in the first place. She’s credited as the creator of the space western, so I’m here for this.

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Murder for Christmas edited by Thomas Godfrey | This is apparently a short story collection of Christmas-related stories. Authors include Thomas Hardy, Damon Runyon, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Woody Allen, so we’ll see how it goes when I pick it up in December.

I also picked up a few classics. I’ve been toying with the idea of reading classics and the library book sale is so cheap. I picked up Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

 

Zine-tastic June Book Haul

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So…I bought some more books. This month I went to a huge neighborhood-wide yard sale, my favorite Chicago book store, and ordered a couple things online. I also went to my library’s book sale, but I’m embarrassed to say I picked up quite a stack and figured it was best to give that it’s own post. Oops.

Z I N E S

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I picked up quite a few zines at both the aforementioned yard sale and Quimby’s, a bookstore that I cannot visit Chicago and not go. They have walls and walls full of zines of every style, genre, and medium. It’s one of the coolest places just to hang out in and they have one of the few working analog photo booths left in America. Even my non-reader husband found zines and items to purchase. A couple of these are poetry collections, some are informational packets, and some are personal, scrapbook-style journals. My favorite is the issue of Found Magazine, which includes random scraps of paper and letters and drawings that people find. It’s a fantastic idea and beautifully put together, but it annoys me that only a few editions of the magazine are on Goodreads, so I can’t add it to my shelves. Nerd rage!

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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente | I don’t remember why I originally put this book on my TBR, but I was going through my Goodreads to-read list and rediscovered this one. I then realized I needed a book for the #becausedragonsRAT readathon (taking place 7/1 – 7/7) and I didn’t need another excuse. I’m including part of the Goodreads description below (you could click on the Goodreads link I always include, but you’re on the internet and I know you’re too lazy) because it just sounds incredibly interesting:

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

Feminism Unfinished by D. S. Cobble, L. Gordon, and A. Henry | This is a nonfiction book my younger sister threw in my face because she is not usually a reader of nonfiction, but bought this anyway. My goal (eventually) will be to read this and get her excited about it or find another educational feminist book for her to read. She’s high school-age and if anyone has suggestions for her, please let me know!

The Weird Fiction Review Vol. 8 | I found this periodical recommended at the Weird Lit subreddit and it seemed like a good introduction to the genre. This edition features an artist who was one of the original Dungeons and Dragons illustrators, so I snatched it right up.

Goliath by Tom Gauld | I recognized the creator’s name while at Quimby’s and picked this up. When I got home I realized I’ve been meaning to pick up his book Mooncop, but this book shall do. The illustrations are just so cute.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang | This is a graphic novel that weaves together three separate stories centered around the struggle of fitting in (I assume). I haven’t been reading too many graphic novels because I’ve been craving stories with more “substance” I suppose. Not that comics are bad, I mean I adore them, but this might be a good fit for what I’ve been in the mood for.

Japanese Masterworks: Paintings from the Indianapolis Museum of Art | I found this one at the yard sale. My husband and I are members at the art museum and my best friend and I had just spent an extraordinary amount of time in the Asia section the weekend before we went to the yard sale. I grabbed it thinking I would flip through it before the next time we go back. If you’re ever in Indy, our art museum is pretty awesome.

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Congrats! You made it! Thanks for bearing with me and my recent purchases. Technically only three of them I bought brand new and one of them was on sale, so I’m pretty proud of myself all in all. Used books are life. Did any of these books pique your interest? Have you read any of them and recommend them? Let me know in the comments!

Birthday Book Haul

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Stardust and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman |I found these absolutely stunning covers on Book Outlet and knew I had to have them. I haven’t read any Gaiman since high school, but Stardust is still one of my favorite books/movies of all time. This is one of the few movies that I can rewatch constantly and I am, in fact, watching it right now. I don’t quite remember Neverwhere, but these covers are still fantastic. They’re very 70’s mass-market fantasy cover and I’m living for it. Here is some more info from Gaiman’s blog.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones | This book/movie was one of my favorites as a kid and I remember loving the whimsical, fantastical writing style. I’ve been re-reading all my old favorites lately (Harry Potter, the Tortall series, etc.) and this one has made the list, so I can see how it’s held up since it is another movie that I can rewatch constantly and never get bored. Also, my cat’s name is Calcifer. I may eventually purchase the last two books in the series, but again, this one happened to be super cheap on Book Outlet.

Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki | The trend so far is books that remind me of young Sarah, and this one is not an exception. In high school, I was obsessed with Memoirs of a Geisha, the book, and the movie. I even did a major project in my history class about the history of geisha as a result. Since then, I learned about some inaccuracies and fabrications and have been wanting to pick this up for a while. Mineko Iwasaki is the woman that Arthur Golden interviewed for his book, but she was upset with his portrayal and so this book was produced. I’m super excited to read it.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore |If you like/are interested in magical realism in YA, this is your girl. I read her book When the Moon Was Ours last year, then promptly read her first book, then ordered this one. She weaves beautiful stories about family and love and growth with diverse characters and poetic imagery.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe | I was looking up road trip books one day (I had a craving) and stumbled upon this recommendation, then eventually realized the title of this book was in the lyrics of this song:

If I have to be honest, that’s the main reason I bought this book when I saw it in my favorite used bookstore. I may read it this October when my husband and I rent a van in California to road trip to a couple music festivals.

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A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle | My most amazing, beautiful, wonderful, generous best friend in the whole wide world gifted this copy to me for my birthday. We’ve fallen in love with the Folio Society editions of books, but they’re pretty pricey so I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Of course my best blob came through.

Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen | My other bestie gifted this one to me. It’s a collection of goddesses in different cultures and contains the most beautiful art. I’m pretty pumped to see what’s in it.

Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest | Kate Tempest is an amazing poet/musician/writer/artist in general. This collection is paired with her album of the same name and the song above is one of the tracks. It’s definitely worth a listen, but beware because you’ll become super jaded.

erotic poems by e. e. cummings | This one I bought for the story. My husband was with me at my favorite bookstore and asked me if the author’s name was a joke. The title combined with the poet does seem made up, I’ll give him that.

The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski | Lastly, I broke down and bought a Bukowski poetry collection. I know, I know, he’s a misogynistic asshole. I liked his poetry in college and hey, he’s not alive to take my money so at least I’m not supporting a total asswipe of a human being. Thanks, Book Outlet!

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I had a very successful birthday month! Only two of these were actual gifts, the rest were gifts to myself because I’m worth it.