The urge to buy new books this month was so suppressed it’s almost uncanny for me. I did end up getting something, of course, but even what I did pick up barely needed budgeting for at all. I suppose a lull is a good thing; it’s not as if I need to buy lots of books each month. I just enjoy doing it so much part of me cannot help but be a little put out by the lack of it, foolish though that may sound.
Anyway, on to the books!
The one physical book I purchased this month was Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman, which I spent the better part of the whole month going through as a supplemental read (you can check out my review here). A table at my work was selling used books for $1 each and it happened to catch my eye (yes, it was the title and cover). After a skim revealing an essay about time travel I was sold.
The only digital purchase I made was A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman et al. It’s a comic book adaptation of a short story that appears in Gaiman’s collection Fragile Things, which I read and reviewed earlier this year. It’s a Lovecraftian twist on Sherlock Holmes and getting the chance to experience that again more visually was too tempting to pass up, especially on sale for $5.
Recursion by Black Crouch I believe I read about in another blog’s WWW post, but I can’t quite remember. It’s a science fiction novel dealing with memory alteration—and according to Goodreads some time travel thrown into the mix as well—and that happened to be enough to catch my eye.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is historical mystery fiction that caught my eye thanks to the cover (I am not ashamed) and pulled me in further with its summary. I can’t honestly say I know what it’s about, but it involves a great exhibition, art, and a collector of curiosities, which has evoked some things in my imagination enough to want to check it out.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford I put a pin in because one blog in particular loved it so much. It seems pretty self explanatory and Sammie’s enthusiasm has been enough for me to want to check it out.
Speaking of self-explanatory, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher caught my eye because of exactly what the title suggests. I actually shelved to to-read, however, because I was informed it doesn’t go into a certain sad direction that’s always a risk with books that specifically involve dogs.
I am not ashamed to admit I added Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton to my shelf simply because I was notified about a Goodreads giveaway for it. I know little else about it. That being said, it’s fantasy and dragons are cool, so I’d be more than happy to have a read.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik was recommended to me by a friend. I’m taking her at her word that it’s worth checking out so I haven’t committed much of the blurb to memory. There are evil trees, I’m pretty sure.
Lastly is Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq, which I shelved because it was recommended to me by Indigo as a Canadian book to read. It’s First Nations literature that seems to blend the novel format with poetry, which I like the sound of. Since I’ve been wanting to read more poetry, and the last book I read to pursue that interest was a bit of a dud, I feel compelled to check this out.
Many of these books I’m starting to consider as future library loans rather than purchases. I get rather carried away with buying books, which I’m not in any hurry to permanently quell, but libraries are a wonderful institution that one ought to utilize when they can. I’ve lately had a nagging guilt about that (though I’m not sure guilt is warranted), so I want to start borrowing more books rather than buying. We’ll see how that goes.
Thank you for reading!