New Books So Far This Year

Any attempts I’ve made so far to stop buying books have been failures, so for this year, I’ve set myself the goal to restrict myself to 24 books. Two per month is a lot more realistic than zero per month. So I should be up to 8 books now that we’re well into April. Let’s see… how did I do?

Let me start with a disclaimer: I will not count books I buy for the kids. I am filing those under “gifts” to ignore the fact that I have scratched the book-buying itch by simply browsing in the juvenile instead of the adult section.

Here’s what I got for myself:

Lemon, Cordelia Strube. I was tempted after reading Naomi’s review of the book, and then, quite unexpectedly, I found an affordable used copy that looks brand new.

The bookstore recommended Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie to me after putting Lemon in the shopping cart, since both are CanLit. Laura highly recommends it, and the price was finally right.

I couldn’t resist Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o after being introduced to the book by Madame Bibi Lophile.

This goes under “reading outside of my comfort zone,” since it’s a Caribbean zombie novel. But I couldn’t resist the beautiful cover, and it is longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award this year. Here’s the review on Three Percent.

Teffi was recommended to me by both Jacqui and Karen when I asked if there were any Russian classics written by women that I should read. Only a few days after their recommendation, I came across this beauty.

Night Prayers by Santiago Gamboa is another book longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (review here). This purchase was an accident, since I only wanted the Kindle sample. By the time I realized that I had bought the entire book, it was too late to return it. I guess now I have to read it…

If I had stopped right there, I would be doing fine with my book purchases so far this year. But then I convinced myself that I simply had to have the Vintage Classic editions of Willa Cather’s novels. I mean, look at them:

Unfortunately, it took me several online orders with disappointing results to figure out that the reprints of the first editions have different covers than the first print runs and that I have to order by ISBN-10, rather than ISBN-13. (Or is it the other way around?) I put this “project” on hold, since I now have three copies of The Song of the Lark and two copies of One of Ours, all with the wrong cover. Even for an avid Cather fan like myself, that’s a bit much. And now I am way over my 8-book goal.

Let’s see if I can hold back over the summer, to keep the book purchases under control and keep it to 24 books for the year. I’ll keep you posted.




  1. Wicked Weeds sounds interesting.
    I’m doing the same as you, I buy less and it works. I’m allowed one book per week, so more than you, but so far I’ve even skipped a few weeks.

  2. I mean, I at least am impressed that you’ve bought so few books this year! I bought 24 books in the past week alone, and I went to a book sale in March that, uh, best not even to talk about how many books I bought at that time. Ha ha I have a sickness, and the name of the sickness is “spare bookshelf space.”

  3. I can’t believe you found a copy of Lemon so quickly! It’s funny how that happens sometimes. And Birdie, too!

    All your books sound good, but I’m really curious how you’ll make out with that zombie book!

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