Thursday, August 13, 2009

So Many Books...

I'm absolutely swimming in new books lately. So many recent acquisitions, I really just don't know which book to start reading first. I always find it fascinating to hear how people choose their next book. Some people have very set ideas of what they'd like to accomplish in a month, others swan about between genres and styles. I usually pick up books hoping for a particular emotional response from a book. Here are my choices and maybe you can help me out.

Do I choose from the books I picked up in the library sale? (note, paid £3 for the lot! LOVE library sales)

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
In Arcadia by Ben Okri
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The Way Forward With a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
Espedair Street by Iain Banks
Double Fault by Lionel Shriver
The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers
Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Or from the charity shops/book swapping website?

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Or the latest books that I've picked up from the library?

We Are Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka
Cyrano by Geraldine McCaughrean
The City of Ember by Jeanne du Prau
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Hard to say.

What would you do?


  1. I LOVED We are all made of glue. And have heard really good things about Guersey Literary...(I'm taking it on holiday with me). I also enjoyed Double Fault.

    Looks like you've got plenty to choose from :)

  2. verity - Yes I have. I've picked up several and finished them since I wrote this post (in advance from earlier this week) but I'm not sure if I'm ready yet to move from YA to some of the other adult books in the pictures. We'll see!

  3. Being me (and having the HUGEST literary crush on Neil Gaiman!) I'd have to say Neverwhere!!

    But I've heard really good tings about Kate Atkinson, Banana Yoshimoto, Sarah Dessen and I've always loved Jennifer Weiner. Looks like you have a big choice ahead of you!

    What a great haul!

  4. Oooh..and they're good ones! I loved Little Brother, Goodbye Tsugumi an Neverwhere. And Un Lun Dun is on my tbr pile too. Enjoy!

  5. Some fabulous books there. Isn't it lovely when you have a huge pile of new ones to peruse.

  6. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I look forward to your review of it, I want to know if share the same opinion! There's also a great BBC miniseries of the same title to go with it.

    Make sure you check out the giveaway at my blog, so you can make your book collection even bigger!

  7. Stephanie - I also have a crush on Neil Gaiman. I'm excited to read Neverwhere, but also, I feel like I should wait and savour. Does that make sense? :)

    Nymeth - you read such great books! Will probably go and look for your reviews of those soon!

    Vivienne - it does give me a really good feeling looking at all those books :)

    Nikola - Really? I didn't know there was a miniseries of it! This has been happening to me a lot lately.. I am looking forward to reading it though.

  8. Shopgirl is one of my personal favorites, but you've got many great choices there.

  9. What a great haul! You have some really good books there - I hope you enjoy reading them.

  10. Charley - I remember seeing the film, but can't remember if I liked it! Oops.

    farmlanebooks - I thought the excitement of these books would last for awhile, but already I'm thinking of a library trip and hunting for charity shops I haven't been to before!


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