Unfortunately, there are some obstacles to the non-acquisition of books, like, for example, all these mailing lists from online book retailers that I receive several times daily. I'd been fending them off admirably until the Book Closeouts Scratch and Dent sale e-mail landed in my inbox. Scratch and Dent basically means "good books at rock bottom prices if you don't mind if they're a bit banged up." Can you blame me for having a look? Then, the bloggers did most of the rest, because, naturally I came upon several books that book bloggers put solidly on my radar. Sadly, I am a rotten blogger, and I have a hard time remembering just exactly which blogger to blame for each acquisitions, so I am forced to blame them all, as a unit.
And The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. You don't quickly forget the bloggers talking up the book about the 12-year-old map-making prodigy who journeys cross country to accept an award from the Smithsonian people who, of course, don't realize he's twelve. Somehow I missed the part about how visually appealing this book would be, which I suppose, really should be obvious, what with all the nifty maps and everything. Very excited about this one.
And The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate about the black, female marine biologist at Woods Hole. More than a few bloggers recommended this one. In fact, bloggers seem to be fans of Algonquin Books as a whole, so I threw Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West in my cart, too. It sounds like one of those books where the whole community comes to life, and my mom and I both seem to love those sorts.
Rounding out the collection is Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen. Everybody seems to be always talking about Whistling in the Dark by this author, but this one, about a girl trying to crack her family's secrets sounds good, too. And don't forget Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. I've long been curious about Ferris's acclaimed portrait of the twisted office atmosphere.
So, what should I read first or when I turn 36 or 52 or 63 after I shuffle off these other thousand books I can't seem to stop acquiring? ;-)