Like many book bloggers, I have a small book buying/acquiring addiction. Luckily, I work in book publishing, so I do manage to get some books for free, but, inevitably, I always end up buying more than I acquire. I’ve tried to be better recently about reading what I buy, but sometimes I get distracted by another book. Does this happen to anyone else?
In any case, I’ve decided to start cataloging new books I’ve purchased and received to show them off a little bit. Last night, while on the cusp of finishing The Queen of the Tearling, I made a “quick” stop at Strand Books again. Those of you who have read my past posts, or who have been there, know that the Strand is a magical place with “18 miles” worth of new and used books, spread out over multiple floors. I have never gone in there and spent less than two hours or bought less than two books. My most recent trip was no different.
The first book I picked up in Strand was a lightly used copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the first of his Southern Reach Trilogy. I’ve been itching to buy this book for months, but had been holding off for various reasons. The copy I bought only cost about half the retail price so I couldn’t resist – the book hardly looks like it was read at all!
The second book I picked up in Strand yesterday was a used hardcover edition of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan. Mr. Penumbra hadn’t been on my list of must-reads, but I couldn’t pass up buying a hardcover for only $6.95 (cheaper than all of the used paperbacks too!).
And finally, my third recently acquired book is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I received this book from the Young to Publishing group’s Little Big Mouth mailing, along with some neat sticky notes and a marker. I’ve heard some really great things about this book recently (like in this review from Rather Be Reading, who is also giving away a finished copy) and am excited to give it a shot!
Those are the three most recently acquired books in my collection—I think I’ll start Annihilation today, as it’s snowing and freezing out right now. What’s books have you all been buying recently?