As I pulled up to my local branch library yesterday, I realized that it was the weekend of its book sale. I don’t buy books very often – at least, my instinct is usually to borrow rather than buy. But I’m not averse to perusing inexpensive books where the proceeds benefit my most favorite of institutions, the public library.
It’s funny to observe which books have multiple copies strewn throughout the tables. Kim Edwards’ 2005 book-club favorite The Memory Keeper’s Daughter seems to have reached the donation-stage of its life-cycle, for example.
I walked away with four books:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
I remarked to my co-worker the other day that I am a bad nonfiction aficionado, as I’ve never read anything by Krakauer. Hopefully, having one of his books in my home will help me correct that oversight.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
I love a good epic novel but library due dates aren’t conducive to the completion of them. I’ve never read anything by Mistry before. Indeed, I have a real literary gap in terms of books by South Asian authors and the Indian diaspora. Though most of the following authors appear on my to-read list, I still have never read Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, V.S. Naipaul (the list goes on).
Possession by A.S. Byatt
I have only read Byatt’s short story collection, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye and liked it all right. But if I’m going to love Byatt at all, it seems Possession would be the best candidate. As with A Fine Balance, I figure owning the tome may make it more likely to actually pick up and finish it.
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
This family saga was published as separate novels between 1906 and 1921 and then all together in 1922. For his literary accomplishments, but particularly for writing The Forsyte Saga, Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. It’s not a classic that I hear much about. I think I heard of the miniseries adaptation before I heard of the book. I’m curious as to whether any readers out there have an opinion on it.