I am absolutely certifiable – I bought so many books this past week, that I can’t even carry them all in three big tote bags. My only comfort is that my parents’ are as addicted to books as I am. In total, we spent over $250.00 in books at the Book Fair alone. Keep in mind that book fair books are almost all less than $5.00 each.
I also bought a few new books at B&N, and a few at a yard sale, and a few at the local library. And then a few more at a used bookstore, and a couple more at Books a Million – all in ten days. . . sad, right?
So here’s what I got, in no particular order.
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Kingdom of the Sun (a children’s picture book) by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit
Curious George by H.A. Rey
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Ghost Stories of Old New Bern by New Bern Historical Society Foundation
Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer – I read the first two in three days, and I’m halfway through the third. Reviews tomorrow, I hope.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant
Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
A Ghost Around the House by William MacKellar
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (in a three volume boxed set – $2!!)
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein
Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
The New Kings of Nonfiction, Ed. by Ira Glass
On the Pilgrim’s Way by J. Nelson Kraybill
Telling True Stories, Ed. by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call
Holes by Louis Sachar
Baghdad without a Map by Tony Horwitz
Fire by Sebastian Junger
Yoga for People Who Can’t be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Reluctant Spiritualist by Nancy Rubin Stuart
Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen
If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb
The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb

But wait, there’s more. When I got back yesterday, I had lots of review books and mooched copies waiting for me. Here’s what came in the mail:
In Quest of Ghosts by Hans Holzer
Claudine in Paris by Collette
Plant Dreaming Deep by May Sarton
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue. . .

And now I’m hyperventilating a bit because of this list . . . Where do I start? Suggestions?

While I was gone, I did get some good reading done, but of course not as much as I would have liked. Reviews on most things coming soon.

I did finish When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winkowski, the woman on whom the show Ghost Whisperer is based. I would not say this is the best writing I’ve read, but the content is interesting. Winkowski’s voice is nice and calming, and she manages, most of the time, to avoid sounding like a freak. (The pictures in the middle of the book disrupt that rational persona a bit, at least for me). It’s a good book if you ever wanted to know what people who talk to ghosts are really thinking. I’m still not sure what I believe about this stuff, but it was an interesting read.

More on writing projects and book reviews in the next three days, before I jet off for my blessed writing retreat.