Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Acquisitions Department Strikes Again

Okay, so, there really should have been no reports from the bookish Acquisitions Department so early in the year.  In the spirit of one who is trying to save some money and also trying to avoid accumulating more boxes of books that will need to be moved when I (hopefully) move this year, I was totally going to give the Friends of the Library book sale a wide berth (even though I'm totally their poster child and everything).  My resolve lingered until Monday evening when I was chugging along at work and thinking about how nice it would be to have an evening off and how it would just be so easy to take a few hours off and go to the book sale.  A perfectly good excuse for a few hours off, right?  And I could go it easy, right?  Only get the *really* good ones, right?

Well, the good news is, I did actually get fewer books than usual.  The bad news is, I usually get a ton.  This library happens to have a pack of readers who donate who read just the kinds of books that are right in my wheelhouse.  So, I scaled back and got only, like, twenty-some instead of thirty-some.  So, go me, right?  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step or something like that.  We all knew I couldn't just, like, quit cold turkey or anything.

Oh Hell, enough rationalizing, we all know you just want to see the books, amIright?

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The Run-down (with selected commentary)...
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (There's always a "big find" of the book sale.  This is it.)
The Truth About the Henry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (Because why accept a book for review when you can just buy it later?)
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye (My mom has The Gods of Gotham so we've got the series so far now)
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani 
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (I'm pretty sure all the bloggers really liked this one.)
The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
The Promise of Stardust by Priscilla Sibley
The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami (All the bloggers heart Murakami.  Maybe I will one day, too!)
French Leave by Anna Gavalda (It's a Europa.  Whenever I have the luck to find a used Europa, I snatch it right up.)
The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The City of Ember/The People of Sparks/The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen (I'm kind of on a Kagen kick lately, it would seem.)
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor (Eva told me I should try this author.  So I shall!)
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Flyboys by James Bradley (Okay, maybe my dad just gave me this one)
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (I secretly think this sounds as boring as heck, but it's J.K Rowling, so you know...
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (not pictured, because I was not doing so well with the braining last night when I was taking the pictures)

The theme of this sale's haul?  (There always is one, and it's not usually intended.)  Books in translation!  (An excellent unintended theme if I do say so myself)

There they all are, to my (mild) shame.  Once again, I have exhibited my great feats of willpower.  If you're lucky I'll break out my Book Outlet Boxing Day haul pictures one of these days and amaze you with yet more impressive displays book buying discipline.

But, anyhow, where should I start?


  1. Wow!!! Good going! :) I went to Barnes and Noble this week and bought four books. How did that happen??? As for where to start... let's both start with Life After Life. Deal?

    1. I have one review book to finish up quick, but then it's totally a deal!

  2. Nice haul! You have quite a few books there that I've been wanting to read. It's too hard to resist book sales.

    1. They are too hard to rest - especially this one it particular!

  3. Wow...."fewer books than usual" = A whole lot of books

    I've read a few of those; just finished Orphan Train a few days ago, in fact. Have fun...what's another box or two?

    1. Another box or too is nothing. The house is already collapsing, why not help it along? ;-)

  4. Love the title of the post! Bitter is the New Black is very funny and I recently read my first book by Christina Baker Kline and am looking forward to reading Orphan Train too.

    1. I'm looking forward to Bitter is the New Black. I have a real life friend who is a big Jen Lancaster fan, so it's about time I gave her a try!

  5. Well, from the looks of it, it's no wonder you bought so many. They really are worthy of your time and money. :-) Okay, so maybe I've only read one that you bought, but several others are ones I want to read.

    I hope you enjoy them.

    1. I'm always like, "I'm going to be really discerning. Only get the ones I'm really excited about," but this book sale, I still always end up going overboard! I'm sure I'll enjoy them....eventually. LOL! :)