I’ve got the tiniest bit of a book hoarding addiction. It’s nothing so severe you have to call the makers of Hoarders and have all of my things shipped away to various dumps and goodwills, but it is a little silly. I can’t help but want to own any book I’m going to read. Or at least be able to physically hold it.
I got Kh a replacement kindle a few months ago when hers died, and it went unused for quite some time. Finally I picked it up one day, learned how to use it and bought my very first book on it. Kh caught me more than once holding it like a book, and she even was witness to me trying to turn the pages..
So I gave up on the kindle and went on a book spending spree. This past weekend Kh and I went to my favorite used bookstore up in Salem. I never go prepared and end up just wandering the aisles until I remember authors or book titles I wanted to look in to.
I had so many books in my hand I had to enlist Kh’s arms to hold some of them while I kept looking. I probably could have gotten an entire basket full..But in the end I settled on these.
1. Thinner by Stephen King :: “When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he’s ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble…that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.” I mean, how can you really say no to that for $2? I used to love Stephen King. The Green Mile had me in tears when I first read it.
2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides :: “In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls’ school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond clasmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them–along with Callie’s failure to develop–leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.” I have a deep seated interest in sexuality, and how it relates (and doesn’t relate) to gender and all the intricate and delicate situations that arise from it. I have a feeling I’ll love this one.
3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave :: I know next to nothing about this book. There isn’t even really a description on Amazon for it. I’ve heard good things, and have been forewarned that I’ll cry. Bring it on! I love a tear jerking surprise.
4 & 5. Of Love and Other Demons and The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez :: One of my favorite authors of all time, I couldn’t help but get the only two books there I don’t own of his. I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude and was so hooked I soon read many of his other works.
6. Out by Natsuo Kirino :: “This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.” Japanese culture and murder, I’m all over this one.
7. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino :: Prostitutes, Japanese culture, murder, oh my! Yeah, I have a feeling I’m going to love this one too.
If that wasn’t enough, my amazon wish list is just bursting with books and made it all too tempting.. I couldn’t just leave them there could I? I got my first package in the mail last week. (Why is it so much fun to get things in the mail?)
1. Down Among the Dead Men by Michelle Williams
2. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
3. Spook by Mary Roach
4. The 2-Hour Tarot Tutor – I’ve always wanted to learn how to read tarot cards, so why not start?
I’ve already started The Devil in the White City, it has a slow beginning but I’m pretty excited to get in farther. I have a bit of a macabre taste in most things, especially books. Murder mysteries, mortuary science, and tales of defining sexuality always grab my attention. After this overload of books I think I’ll be busy for quite some time. I’ve heard great things about all the books I’ve acquired, and it really makes me giddy to read all them. Does that make me a geeky bookworm? I sure hope so.
Have any book suggestions for me to check out? Or a book you’re just crazy about right now? Tell me! :)