Every day, it seems, there is another book that finds its way onto my wish list. I will never “catch up” and read everything I want to read…but it is fun to try. Lately I have been buying a few new books. It is so easy to justify these purchases (ie: I should buy books since the book industry needs to stay solvent; I need that book for a challenge; …but this is my favorite author; the reviews are crazy good). I could go on and on…
Here are the books that have found their way into my shopping cart recently:
The Girl With the Dragon Tatto by Steig Larsson
I’ve been wanting to read this book since the first glowing reviews started appearing around the blog-o-sphere. How did I justify buying the hard cover edition? It is a book in translation which would go towards my Reading Around the World personal challenge.
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
This is the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Justification, therefore, was simple – must read ALL the books in the series (which means that when book three comes out, I will feel compelled to also purchase that one). And of course, here is yet another book that will meet my personal challenge of reading around the world. Oh, and did I mention the Suspense-Thriller Challenge as well??
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
This is Erdrich’s latest novel and it is getting some decent early reviews. Justification for paying full price for the hard cover edition: I need just one more Erdrich book for the O.A.T.E.S. Challenge, the reviews are good, I want the book.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
I read The Blackwater Lightship by this author in 2007 (read my review), and vowed to read another of his novels some day. I love Toibin’s simple, luminous prose. So when Brooklyn got short listed for the Booker Prize and the Booker Prize Yahoo group decided to read it for discussion, it was a simple decision to add this one to my cart.
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
I have been wanting to read something by this author for quite some time and this book seems to be universally loved by readers. Why did I buy it now? The Classics Circuit is doing “Paris in the Spring” and Zola will be toured during the month of April. I’ve been meaning to add more classics to my stacks – perfect timing!
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Mitchell is brilliant. I have loved every book he has ever written – and this is the last one to read (until his newest novel is released in June). You can read my reviews of Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, and Ghostwritten if you’re interested. I needed no real justification for buying this other than I love this author’s amazing gift of the written word.
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
I think this may be the book which has sat on my wish list the longest. I needed a good excuse to buy it – and I found that excuse in The Social Justice Challenge whose theme this month is Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Look for a review sometime in March.
Lest you think I only read fiction, here are some nonfiction books which I also picked up:
I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, edited by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton
I actually started reading this in the store and was so engrossed in it that I had to buy it. I usually don’t read nonfiction like this, but I was browsing for something to add to my reading list for this month’s Social Justice Challenge theme of child abuse. This anthology looks really powerful.
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, by Jacqueline Novogratz
This book looks fascinating (the cover art was what first caught my attention). My justification for laying down the cash for it? The Social Justice Challenge will be focusing on poverty in July. This book will be one of the books I’ll read…
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America, by Alex Kotlowitz
In 2007 I read Kotlowitz’s book The Other Side of the River – which was a powerful expose on race and the perception of crime in America (read my review). In There Are No Children Here, he focuses on poverty, violence and racism. Once again, The Social Justice Challenge’s theme of poverty gave me just the right excuse to buy this book.
So there you have it – another book buying binge. But I refuse to feel any guilt – I had good reasons for all these purchases. How about you? Have you justified any of YOUR impulse buying lately!??!?