Birthday Money = Book Shopping

Do you guys remember Book Fairs? I still remember bringing these flyers home from school, pouring over them and wanting ALL THE BOOKS when I was a kid. Books and comics and kitten posters. 

I kind of felt the same way tonight. My awesome mother-in-law sent me an Amazon Gift Card for my birthday, and tonight I finally spent it getting a whole bunch of used books. I love getting used books on Amazon because they’re cheaper than brand new books, it makes the Earth happy, and come on… who really needs a brand new book anyway? As long as they’ve still got all the words in them, they still work, right?

Here are the books I ordered tonight:


Disclosure: clicking the links above and buying books or anything else on Amazon will put a few cents in my Amazon account…which I will likely spend later, on more books.

There were a lot more that I wanted, but I figured this was a pretty good birthday haul. Looking forward to reading Palahniuk’s new one (as well as two others that I’ve never read, though these three will make my collection nearly complete.) and re-reading Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, which I read a few years back at a friend’s recommendation and loved. I’ve never read Vonnegut and always meant to, so I’m starting with these two. I’m pretty sure I read Dan Ariely’s other book, and have been dying to get my hands on the Introvert book for a while now.

What are your favorite books? What have you read lately?

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4 thoughts on “Birthday Money = Book Shopping

  1. Good choices! Kafka on the Shore is an amazing book and so is slaughterhouse #5. I wasn’t too fond of Diary and I haven’t read the newer Pallahniuk stuff.

    Right now I am finishing On Cold Blood. I can’t believe I’d never read anything by Truman Capote. I’m loving it. Before this I read Vanity Fair, which I unexpectedly enjoyed, WIld Swans, which is a very interesting account about what it was like to be a woman in China, The Grapes of Wrath, which I absolutely adored, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    I would recommend any of those, particularly The Grapes of Wrath.

    My all-time favourite authors are Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, so anything by them too. And if you’re into Murakami and haven’t read the wind-up bird chronicle you are really missing out!

    • Thanks for the suggestions!!

      I read Kafka on the Shore a while back & adored it, but wanted to re-read it before I picked up any of his others.

      I was just talking to a friend of mine the other day about somehow never reading Grapes of Wrath, and needing to get on that.

      I’ve also gotten an itch lately to reread the Great Gatsby, which I was assigned to read in high school, avoided reading until the essay was due, then read cover-to-cover in one night because I finally got sucked into it and loved it.

      PS: Nick Hornby is one of my favorites, too!

  2. What a great list! Breakfast of Champions is my favorite Vonnegut book; I hope you like it! And Diary took me a long time to get in to, but now it’s one of my favorite Palahniuk books just because it’s so damn weird.

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