It happened again. I was innocently visiting the library in order to return one book and pick up another, and it happened to be library book sale weekend again, so I wandered into the sale room . . . and came out with six lovely books.
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – I enjoyed Scott’s The Talisman, and Ivanhoe is on my Classics Club list so this was an especially great find.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I was a little surprised to see this one at the sale – it’s so popular that I thought someone would have nabbed it way before me, especially those who buy books in order to resell them. But then I saw that the front cover was bent at the corner. The novel has such a famously pretty cover that I can see that its mussed state may have turned away other prospective buyers.
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl – I’ve heard really great things about this food memoir.
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande – I’ve been meaning to read one of Gawande’s medical nonfiction books for a while.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann – this is the find I am most excited about. I had told my cousin about reading Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming, a 1933 travel memoir about Fleming’s participation in a search for the missing explorer Percy Fawcett. My cousin reminded me that The Lost City of Z by David Grann is also about Percy Fawcett’s disappearance and Grann’s own retracing of Fawcett’s expedition. Perfect companion reads!
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan – I’ve been meaning to read one of Egan’s books since I saw him speak at the National Book Festival three years ago. So here it is!
With these additions to my book collection, I think that I am going to commit to the TBR Triple Dog Dare (hosted by Ready When You Are, C.B.), which challenges readers/book bloggers to only read books we already own for the months of January, February and March of 2013. I adore using the public library, but I tend to check so many books out from the library that I push aside the books I want to read that are already in my home. That said, if a friend, relative or co-worker suggests reading a book together during those three months, I will absolutely break the Triple Dog Dare rules in order to participate. Building my bookish relationships totally trumps getting to my TBR. Other than that categorical exception, however, I will be cozying up with my own books this winter.
As other bloggers have noted, the TBR Triple Dog Challenge works well with simultaneous participation in Long-Awaited Reads month (January 2014), hosted by Ana (Things Mean A Lot) and Iris (Iris on Books). A few of the books I have in mind are:
Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins (I loved Wilkins’ books Veil of Gold and The Autumn Castle, and this one is the remaining book from Wilkins’ Europa Cycle.)
Bab: A Sub-Deb by Mary Roberts Rinehart (Aarti had an enthusiastic review of this book last year, and I’ve been meaning to get to it.)
We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam by Peter P. Blanchard III (I found a signed copy of this beautiful book last year at a bookstore in Maine. It’s a nonfiction book about a couple that lived isolated on an island for forty years. The island where they lived is off the shore of the larger Mount Desert Island, which is where I was born, so I feel a real personal tug to read this book.)