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- Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson: I saw Sarah at SmallWorld Reads mention this earlier this week here. I think I might have heard of it previously, but thought why not pick it up?
- Hogfather by Terry Pratchett: I’ve seen plenty of people mention Pratchett, but have yet to read one of his books where he was the sole author. Of course, I’ve read Good Omens by him and Neil Gaiman, but never read anything by him. The Wife read The Lost Continent, which like these two books is also a part of the DiscWorld series, but according to most people to whom I’ve talked it’s not one of his best. However, The Wife loved it. So I thought why not give some others a try first?
- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I was reminded about this on a Sunday Salon post this past weekend here. I love Plath’s poetry, but have never read this, I realized. Ooops.
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore: My brother-in-law recently let me borrow his copy of A Dirty Job also by Moore. The Wife (again) is reading it and enjoying it, but I’ve heard a lot of “buzz” about Lamb, including in a comment from Florinda at The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting and Randomness, recently when I mentioned A Dirty Job. She said that this, though, was a must read. So I picked up a copy.
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers: I can’t remember where I first came across this, but it was during another Sunday Salon, I believe. I think I mentioned to someone that I had never heard of Eggers, and they were incredulous like “You’ve never heard of David Eggers!?!? Oh MY God.” But seeing as this book came out in 2000, I’m not feeling too bad. When I saw it yesterday, I thought, “Hey, why not?”
- The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs: I’ve seen this mentioned a lot, perhaps most recently with this glowing review by one of my favorite bloggers, Raych at books i done read. Since I think at this point I’ve given up on The Book Thief, based on one of her reviews, I think I should give this one a try instead.
I purchased these books yesterday at the bookstore at which I work part-time, with the little bit of money I had left over after selling my car for scrap and then paying off rear struts we just had put on it (because we didn’t realize that we would be junking the car until…well, like yesterday). However, I decided that I should get something out of the years of misery the car has given me (and I, it, I readily admit) so I went to the bookstore.
In buying the books yesterday, I broke my commitment to J. Kaye’s Ban on Book Spending Challenge, but even she commented on a post where I said I was going to start working at a bookstore part-time that she would definitely break the challenge too. Sorry, J. Kaye, but…um…not really. 🙂