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Books Brought Home January/February 2020

What Are You Reading Now?

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Jan 1, 4:10pm Top

Edited: Jan 2, 5:34pm Top

I've put a moratorium on new book purchases this year as my TBR pile is now a bookshelf containing over 250 books I haven't read. That does not mean that books purchased is 2019 aren't going to trickle in, or that I can't receive books as gifts. All of these are from my mum in one way or another: she gave me a gift card for a bookstore as a Christmas present, and when I took her out to run errands today, she bought me Elton John's autobiography as she'd remembered that I wanted to read it. Some of the Christmas gift card books arrived today as well.

Me by Elton John
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey

Touchstones don't seem to be working today.

Jan 2, 8:06pm Top

I had one whole day of restraint in the new year, but today I broke and bought Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple and Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman (2 for $8).

Jan 2, 8:57pm Top

>1 seitherin: Are you a Wignall fan? I discovered him when Amazon began offering his novels for a buck. The first novel of his that I read blew me away. "People Die" was utterly original in concept, tautly written, and a mature and compelling character study. I also read The Traitor's Story, which was utterly different but thrilling and well plotted as well. i have two others by him on my Kindle that I've yet to read.

>2 ahef1963: Lucky you -- Lonesome Dove! To my mind it is the Great Amerian Novel. Have you read it and got yourself a nice edition, or are you a "Dove" virgin?

Started Family Fang wanting something diverting to start the new year. Looks like I picked a vicious satire that pokes fun at performance art or happenings. A family of four characters, each abundantly endowed with quirks are going to start 2020 with a good laugh.

Jan 3, 11:46am Top

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Ruth Ware
5/5 stars
Hal, a single woman is living and struggling on her own as a tarot card reader when she gets a letter informing her of a relative that has died and she is to inherit part of the estate. However, she believes that she is not related to that person but still decides to go to the will reading hoping to get some of the inheritance to help her survive. As she arrives and meets the family she has second thoughts but still plans to go through with it. However, there is someone in the family who has a secret to maintain and Hal may be in the way. I flew through this book because I couldn’t wait to see how this ended!

Jan 3, 1:53pm Top

>4 Limelite: The only Wignall I've read so far is A Death in Sweden in 2015 and I don't seem to have been overly impressed by it. I don't really remember much about it.

>2 ahef1963: My TBR pile currently contains 478 books. I think I'm in worse shape than you. :D

Jan 5, 5:08pm Top

First additions to my TBR peak in 2020 include. . .

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor new author, British
Green Darkness by Anya Seton modern classic
The Names of the Dead by Kevin Wignall espionage thriller
The Shape of Ancient Thought by Thomas McEvilley philosophy
Dessa Rose: A Novel by Sherley A. Williams African-American historical fiction (slave narrative)
Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea by Tim McGrath maritime history

Jan 7, 7:09am Top

>4 Limelite: This will be my first reading of Lonesome Dove. I have a couple of books lined up ahead of it, but am looking forward to it. I wonder if there's a Great Canadian Novel? The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler springs to mind immediately.

2019 purchases still trickling in slowly: Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day arrived yesterday.

January 7 and I haven't purchased any books yet this year! Only 359 days to go!

Jan 7, 12:24pm Top

To all you readers on the Book Purchases Wagon, please FALL OFF! Otherwise, I'll be the only bibliodrunk around.

Jan 7, 3:31pm Top

>9 Limelite: LOL - I don't think you will have to worry! I am not on any wagon...

I purchased They Called Us Enemy by George Takei last year while on vacation, but it didn't get home until I did on Saturday, so

This graphic novel by George Takei of Star Trek fame describes his experience as a Japanese American in US WWII internment camps. A very good book. Got to meet George also - he was on our holiday cruise and gave a couple of lectures and a Q&A session (and signed his books at three book-signing sessions). He and Brad are very gracious.

My NYRB monthly selection arrived - it is: The Simple Past by Driss Chraibi.

Jan 7, 5:46pm Top

I’ve fallen off and I can’t get back up!

Jan 7, 10:04pm Top

>4 Limelite:, >8 ahef1963:

I read Lonesome Dove last year for the first time ever and I immediately wanted to start again from page one when I finished. It was the perfect book. I also immediately bought the other books in that world. If you purchased the 20th anniversary edition however, I highly recommend not reading the short introductory from the author. Have fun reading!

Jan 7, 11:06pm Top

>12 lilisin:, >8 ahef1963:

Always gratifying to hear how other LT-ers have been affected by McMurtry's novel. I, too, have all the books in the series, but only one of them (IMO) comes close to "Dove." I don't want to give more details because it's been a long time since I read them all and I don't want to prejudice anyone who hasn't yet.

"Dove" is a novel that I built a course around at university (I'm retired now), setting the students up for it by introducing them to the Western genre with short stories, a play, and -- yes -- an opera before letting them take to the cattle drive with Gus and Call. Students may have been skeptical at first about the literary worth of cowboy stories, but when the course ended, they usually expressed to me that they wanted to read all the books in McMurtry's series.

Jan 8, 7:39am Top

>8 ahef1963:, >12 lilisin:, >13 Limelite:

I finally read it in 2017 - needed a push because 'westerns' were not at the top of my TBR pile (not ever...). My review started with "Wow, just wow." and ended with "Go read it!".

I'm also jealous of your first read of it.

Jan 14, 6:12pm Top

I gave in to the book-buying demons, and purchased Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Jan 15, 2:55pm Top

Arrived by USPS yesterday, my longed for used first edition copy of a novel read for the first time years and years ago, The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. Plan on cracking it open today and begin my marathon re-read with the help and support of several Hershey's mini variety chocolate bars.

The book shipped at 2.5 lbs.!

Jan 15, 6:22pm Top

A purchase from last year just arrived: Black Sunday by Thomas Harris. I saw the movie many ages ago, really enjoyed it, and thought it might be fun to read the book.

Edited: Jan 16, 8:04am Top

I had ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION of buying any books anytime soon as I already have a great reading pile waiting for me at home but today while walking to the gym I noticed the foreign books were on sale so I had to take a gander as they are always at 5 dollars apiece. So I ended up coming home with:

Lao She : Mr Ma & Son
Ryu Murakami : In the Miso Soup
Charles Maturin : Melmoth the Wanderer

I really have no excuse. Not only do I already have a reading pile at home, but I also stated that this year would be a year I refrain from reading in English too much! And yet, not only did I buy these three English-language books, but one is also a Murakami book that I absolutely should be reading in Japanese instead! Dang it me!

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