The public library sale was fun. Today, hardbacks were $1.00, and paperbacks were $0.50. Pretty cool, eh?
Here’s what I got:
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
– We’ve been reading a lot of Baudelaire in one of my classes, so when I saw this, I got really excited.
Germaine Bree, Great French Short Stories
– These are in English, and they’re most of the famous ones.
Geoffrey Brereton, A Short History of French Literature
– I bought this one for pretense. Of course.
Annie Ernaux, La Place
– This looked interesting. And it’s short, which means it’s more likely that I’ll finish it.
Other Random French Short Stories
– These are in French. I like short stories. I like French. It only makes sense.
T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done
– I hear he’s good.
Don DeLillo, Underworld
– This guy is supposed to be great, too.
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays
– I haven’t read a lot of her fiction; I’m looking forward to this.
Louise Erdrich, Four Souls
– This is supposed to be awesome.
Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine
– I think I have a copy of this in New York City. Oh, well.
Hemingway, Short Stories
– Short stories is pretty much the only way I like Hemingway.
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
– I’d read this before.
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
– I hope this one is okay, too.
Zora Neale Hurston, Jonah’s Gourd Vine; Mules and Men; Their Eyes Were Watching God
– I remember that a friend was reading Their Eyes her junior year while I was a senior in high school. I’ve been wanting to read Hurston ever since.
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
– I read this the summer before my junior year of school for an AP English class. It’s time to read it again.
W.S. Merwin, The Lost Upland
– I like Merwin. I like France. Enough said.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
– I put off getting this for a long time.
Chaim Potok, Davita’s Harp
– I love the Chosen, hopefully this one will be great, too.
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
– Proulx seems pretty important, but I’ve read very little of her.
Thomas Pynchon, V
– Same thing with Pynchon.
Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning
– A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was pretty amazing. Fingers crossed for this one.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
– The Red Pony, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men; it’s time for a big Steinbeck book.
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, pocket size
– I think I will always carry this one with me.
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
– I’d read excerpts of both of these for a class, and that was enough to decide that I really, really like Virginia Woolf. I hope she likes me, too.
Definitely, I got my $16 worth today. I know I’m good for the year, at least.
If you want to borrow these or any of my books, let me know. If you’ve borrowed books and haven’t returned them, I’m gently reminding you that you still have them.
And that’s okay. Take your time.