Sunday, October 18, 2009

Recent Acquisitions or The Girl Can't Help It

Another trip to Half-Price Books, another four inches added to my TBR pile. I did happen to take a bag full of books to trade in though so it's not that bad! In fact, the books started setting off the seat sensor on the passenger side and so my car "ding"ed at me for half of the trip to the store. I thought it was an electrical glitch until I figured out the car thought there was a person-in-peril in the seat next to me! I ended up belting-in my books for the last couple miles.

So, I picked up

The Magicians by Lev Grossman -- the more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith -- I saw the movie a few years ago and have been thinking about reading the book for a while. Someone else read it recently (let me know if it was you!) and well, how could I pass up a $2 copy?

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace -- I actually own this movie because I loved it so much (and it was by Tim Burton who I adore). I've heard good things about the book too and so here it is.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith -- And yes, I also watched the first season of the cable series this past year and it whet my appetite for the books. So I guess that I have tv and movies to thank for three of my book acquisitions this time.

and The Big Science Fair by Dan Yaccarino -- this is another in the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series and Z was excited to find it!

I also won a $25 Amazon gift certificate during BBAW. I must have had good karma to get back exactly what I gave out. ::grin:: I used it to buy my own copies of The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken, both of which were library books that I reviewed recently and loved and wanted on our shelves for Z's future reading. In the meantime, I will most likely read them again!

I've also started getting a bunch of review copies again. I scaled it back for a while to work on my TBR piles and to have time for all of my R.I.P. reads but you will see more new and exciting titles here in November!

Seriously in need of a new bookshelf (or three),


  1. I LOVE I Capture the Castle! And Daniel Wallace. :)

    I've started accepting review copies as well, though not a bunch. It's fun after so many months without them!

  2. I love I capture the castle - it is one of my favourite books. Such a wonderful read, I am sure you will enjoy it!

  3. Sounds to me like you did very well - trading in some books to make way for new ones. I need to take a lesson!

    I'm looking forward to reading DiCamilio latest. I loved Despereaux. I recently bought The Big Fish because I liked the movie, but also bought Ray In Reverse and Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Wallace. I'm with you on the need for more bookshelves!

  4. I liked The Magicians. It was very different from the books I normally read.

  5. How funny about the sack of books on the seat next to you! I Capture the Castle is a wonderful book. I really need to reread it one of these days. I have the same edition--you couldn't pass it up for a mere $2!

  6. I just read I Capture the Castle -- it was my pick for my book club. It was unanimously enjoyed.

  7. I LOVE I Capture the Castle, too. Cassandra is such a fantastic heroine. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. congrats on winning the gift certificate!

  9. Eva - I have a pretty decent stack of review copies again but I think they are all fairly easy reading so I should still have plenty of time for my own books. Especially since I need to read these ones sooner than later!

    Bloomsbury Bell - I'm sure this is one that I should have read years ago!

    Booklogged - It's hard to get rid of books but I'm trying to reduce clutter in all areas of my life and part of that is being honest about what books I will never pick up again. :) I have Mr. Sebastian on my library list, I think ... I better go check!

    Diane - I'm excited about The Magicians. I've put it in my "must read in November" stack.

    Danielle - I hope you do get to re-read it soon!

    Rose City - Fantastic!

    Elizabeth - With all of these endorsements, I'm definitely going to read this one soon.

    J.T. - Thanks! :)

  10. Yeah for winning the Amazon gift certificate! Isn't it the best to win something like that?

    And I really liked "Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency." Read about 2 or 3 in the series and stopped though. Has a nice tone to it.

    And I liked "Big Fish." hard to imagine as a book though ... but maybe because it was such a visual film.

    And I'm so stymied whether I read "I Capture The Castle" or read a book that was very similarly titled. I'll have to find out!