24 January 2008

A Room without Books is like a Person without a Soul

What Eleka asks for, Eleka gets. All the books that I have recently acquired, but haven't the time to read:

  1. Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam*
    Looked Amazing!!
  2. Black White and Jewish.
    - Given to me by my aunt...she loved it.
  3. Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?*
    Looks Hilarious!!
  4. The Doctor's Wife*
    So far, it's fabulous...I was able to start this one over the break.
  5. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
    - My aunt loved it and passed it along
  6. Hunger and Thirst
    - It's a novel that looked entertaining...we'll see
  7. I Am America (And so can You!)
    Duh...I would have to have this one!!
  8. The Kite Runner
    Another one from my aunt. :)
  9. Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein *
    Looked really good...and I finally bought it
  10. Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie *
    Who wouldn't want to learn more about her?!
  11. On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood
    A birthday gift from my aunt (noticing a trend yet? We read the same types of books...we can't help it!)
  12. The Painted Veil
    I have a rule: read book, then see movie....
  13. Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid *
    I've wanted this book since it came out. We'll see...
  14. A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man became History's Greatest Traveler *
    Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton based their work on James Holman. What's not to like?! Incredibly intriguing....I'm weird...
  15. Snow Falling on Cedars
    Looked good...picked it up on a buy 2 get one free...or something along those lines...
  16. Suite Francaise *
    - It's finally been translated to English...and it looks incredible!!
  17. Three Cups of Tea *
    I couldn't resist. This one is about a guy setting up schools for girls in Muslim countries to educate them better than their elders would allow. :)
  18. Woman in Red *
    It was $5 and it looked intriguing...so what the heck?!
That's not even all of them. It does include all of the newly purchased books that were mentioned in the last post. They are marked with a * so you'll know the difference. As you noted, my aunt has given me quite a few. I've given her just as many, if not more, over the year too. We do this. We buy books, read them, and then pass them along. We have very similar tastes in books and no one else in the family quite gets it.

On a side note: all the ones purchased in the last few weeks came to a total of about $63. Not too shabby, when you consider that the books totaled about $158. So almost got them for a third...roughly of course. :) DEAL!


Confuzzled said...

I feel such a kinship with you right now :) The list of books I've bought and not read seems to be ever-expanding. And I don't even have as good an excuse (I mean, grad apps took time, but not that much . . .)

It probably doesn't help that I live near a library, either, and don't read the books on my shelves as long as I have access to five stories of books . . .

NAlton said...

As a general rule, I do avoid libraries.
1. Because I'd rather own the book...if I'm going to invest time in reading it, then I want it...especially, when I'll want to reread it.
2. I don't have time for the books I own...


eleka nahmen said...

Love the list! I'm actually reading Snow Falling on Cedars right now - I broke my Book First Then Movie rule for that one (I'm glad you have one too!), and the movie is stunningly beautiful.