Sunday, November 14, 2010
Just returned from my usual monthly (or so) visit to one of my favorite local used bookstores. Bought 26 books out of the $80 of store credit I had after trading in 40 books, with only one of those being anything related to genre fiction. My interests seem to be shifting again and I'm curious to see how long this will last. In this first photo, I have a Croatian prayer book/hymnal (I'm slowly teaching myself how to read Serbian/Croatian), an Indonesian translation of the New Testament (bringing my foreign language count up to 14), as well as nice editions of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius' writings and of Stendhal's The Red and the Black, which has been a favorite of mine since I was a 21 year-old college senior. Will certainly read/review the Stendhal in the near future, as I'm overdue for a re-read.
Been meaning to buy/read The Ox-Bow Incident for over a dozen years and 50¢ is a bargain, I believe. Starting to read some more histories (if you look at the first photo, you might see that I have now completed collecting the Easton Press leatherbound edition of Gibbon's work) and I thought it was past time that I acquire a copy of Jacob Burckhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Also wanted to read more Cormac McCarthy and Charles Bukowski, thus copies of All the Pretty Horses and Pulp, respectively. And the final book in this picture is a seven-language dictionary that I bought out of curiosity.
Here are the foreign language books (seven French, two German) that I picked up for almost a song (I think it was something like $5 for all seven of these). Mostly famous writers, as well as one historical account of the Hitler Youth that I picked up out of nostalgia for my grad school days, I suppose.
I really do love reading what The Onion produces, so when I saw a collection of their 1996-1997 era faux news reports, I just had to have it, I suppose. Also a bit interested in Camus' non-fiction writing and even more so in the posthumous Mark Twain book that takes a few jabs at certain religious conventions. Lermontov was purchased out of curiosity. Priest's book will be the third by him that I will have read by the time I get around to it. Livy, as I noted above, was bought in part to go with the other histories I've been reading recently. Finally, another papal book because I do enjoy reading those and thinking about what is said there.
Any strike your fancy and if so, why?