A town close by to us had their yearly Friends of the Library book sale this weekend and I told myself it was probably best to avoid it this year. I have enough books and not enough time in the day to read them all. As it is, I have piles of TBR books all over the house that aren’t getting any smaller and I should get to those first. The sale went from Friday to Sunday and guess who felt compelled to go on Sunday-this girl. Oof…but I promised myself I would only grab books that I really wanted to read and would only buy women, and/or diverse authors. I found some great ones, followed my rules and only came home with 6 books (all for 5 dollars I might add). Here are the books I grabbed and a little bit about each one.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: Don’t be fooled by the male author. This is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym and is the second novel in a series (yes, now I have to get the first…but finding this one was exciting and I’m assuming no one realized it was JK Rowling and that’s why it was still there on the last day). It’s a crime/detective novel.
Mischling by Affinity Konar: It’s been described as one of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year (2016). It’s about twin sisters fighting to survive in WWII. Also-seems completely fitting right now, so I might bump it up to read it next month. It’s been on my TBR list for a while now and I was thrilled to see a copy!
Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman: I love Alice Hoffman (hello Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic), so I always grab her other novels when I see them. This one is about the idea of what lies below a “perfect” marriage.
The Bees by Laline Paull: This was just such a unique story that I had to pick it up. It’s told from the perspective of a bee where battles, survival techniques, competition, sacrifice, and more are explored. It sounds imaginative, SO unique, suspenseful and is bound to change the way I look at the world outside my window. I’m excited for it! Plus, this a debut novel and I’m always here for a good debut.
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen: Nguyen entwines the Asian American experience with the escapist pleasures of literature, in a dazzling mystery about the origins of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House on the Prairie. What?! Count me in!
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: I saw this one and almost passed it up, finding myself being somewhat dismissive of Gilbert. I picture her being a self-help writer and I’m not into self-help books (that’s not to say that I don’t need plenty of self-help itself ;)). Then I remembered how it affected me when she came out after years of being married to a man and how I saw similarities between the two of us. And then I remembered that her partner died of cancer and I nearly starting crying in front of the ‘critically acclaimed’ book section at the sale. I flipped it open, read what it was about and saw that it was signed copy. Bonus! and put it into my bag. Plus, she’s coming out with a new book this year that looks great. I’m excited to dig into it and it seems like a perfect winter read.
So there you have it folks! I’m slightly embarrassed to say our local Friends of the Library is having their sale in 2 weeks and I’ll be heading to that one too! I’m volunteering at it one the first day, so I’ll be able to get those first day pickings too. I’ll keep you posted on how well I maintain my self-control there too 🙂