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Thursday Thirteen # 21 - 13 recent book purchases



I admit it: I am obsessed with books.

Our home is littered with them. Crammed bookshelves; piles of books deemed requisite bathroom reading; stacks of books that need to be entered into my library thing; tall columns of books that are used as reference beside my writing table; and, new books purchased from a recent bookstore run, still in bags … shameful, isn’t it?

For this week’s Thursday Thirteen, I bring you, in no particular order, 13 recent book purchases.

When I’ll read them is any one’s guess.

1. Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds, Nick Bantock

2. The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated, Nick Bantock

3. Fallen, David Maine

4. The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, Aurelie Sheehan

5. When She was Queen, MG Vassanji

6. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards

7. The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, edited by Dominic Luxford

8. Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt, Nick Hornby

9. The Polysyllabic Spree, Nick Hornby

10. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey - The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World, Holley Bishop

11. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka

12. Eats, Shoots & Leaves - The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss

13. Elle, Douglas Glover

Which one do you think I should read first?

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Ooh, I've heard of some but not the others... Just pick one that's not a best-seller, post your review here, and then enter it into my Summer Hidden Treasures contest!!

Either way, happy reading!

XINE: Hi Susan - thanks for stopping by while you're on vacation. I've not reviewed books for a long, long time. I'll definitely think about your contest.

I find myself being like you lately, buying books and keeping them in piles. I do however try to read them right away.

I've read Memory Keeper's Daughter and it is a beautiful story.

XINE: I've read great reviews on Memory Keeper's Daughter too. Thanks for the thumbs up!

I am another bookaholic so I liked your list because you are like me--you buy lots of books! :) I have a room full of TBRs! I can't recommend a book to start first because the way I do it is to walk into that room and whatever appeals to me at that moment is next!

Great list. The only one I've read is the Lynn Truss one, and that is really more fun to dip into every now and then.

Great list, I haven't read any of them (yet). This is the first week in a long while that my list *wasn't* about books!

Happy Thursday.

XINE: Isn't it amazing how books seem to have a life/will of their own. I often feel that my books choose me as much as I choose them.

Ahhh someone who holds the same passion as book collecting. Granted they all eventually are read, but in my opinion you should start with "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka" - cool title. Hehe... Nice to meet you, I may have to borrow your Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt, Nick Hornby book - too much work!

Happy TT (Good Luck in the 3 Day Novel Contest!)

Megan and the Bad Kitty Cats

XINE: Nice to meet you too. I had fun exploring your blog earlier today.

Great list, sounds like some good books! Happy reading and happy TT!

They all sound very good. I love Nick Hornby and I've been very curious about the tractor book...I heard from a book club friend of mine that it was excelent.

Have fun!

My TT is all photos, nice and easy this week...

XINE: I visited your TT; very informative and entertaining as always.

Out of those, I've only read #6 and #12. I really enjoyed #12 and thought #6 was just OK.

XINE: Thanks for the input. I've started pecking at No. 12. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Hey girl. I did another week of Latin. INSULTS this week LOL

The book list sounds very interesting. The bee barf book sounds like what I'd hit first. I'm always interested in learning new things and since honey is one of my favorite food items I could stand to learn something about it.


XINE: Never thought of honey as bee barf - that made me laugh out loud. I'll be checking out your Latin insults !

None of these is a book that I have read. I love books, too.

I haven't read any of these, but I've heard of the first two if that helps! :-) Happy TT!

XINE: Aloha Kuanyin - so glad you stopped by! Loved the photos on your Thursday Thirteen. We'll be visiting Hawaii in October . . . more on that later.

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is the only one I've read. It's fabulous.

I own way more books than I've read, and more than I have room for on my bookshelves. Six bookshelves full, and I'm only 23...it's a worrying trend. I feel for you!

(My Thursday Thirteen is Thirteen Books Poodlerat Bought.)

XINE: I have 40 boxes of books in storage as our current home wouldn't be able to sustain both my "old" library and my current one. Welcome to Chicken-Scratch!

I just finished the Memory Keeper's Daughter and it was sooooo good!! Great list of books. I'm writing some of these down. And I love the picture you used for this TT. So darn cute!

XINE: Hey Joy - how are things in your corner of the world? I love the photo too. Found through using stumble upon. Wish I could claim it as my own.

I really need to escape with a good book - I really need to. Thanks for this resource.

XINE: You're very welcome. I wouldn't really count it as a resource, more like book therapy for me.

Great list! Sigh, I haven't read any of them so no recommendation on where to start. Happy TT.

I just ordered some books too, so I'm trying to get a few more read before the new ones show up. I haven't heard of some of these though. I'll have to look them up.
Happy TT! :-)

Wow, what a great list of books -- some I've heard of, and the ones I haven't heard of sound so intriguing!

I love the title "The Anxiety of Everyday Objects." :)

Happy T13, my friend!

XINE: Thanks for taking time out of your project to visit my site. "The Anxiety of Everyday Objects" is our book club selection for August - so it's one that I actually started reading.

I've heard good things about the Memory Keeper's Daughter - but I'd probably go with either of the Hornby!

XINE: Hello Miss Frou, nice to hear from you. I am a big fan of Nick Hornby, so his books will probably make it to the top of the list sooner rather than later.

I read the Memory Keepers Daughter...great book. I would be a little slower to getting around to reading the Ukrainian Tractor book.

Quite a list girlfriend.

XINE: I was intrigued by the Ukrainian Tractor book b/c it's been translated into 22 languages; English being one of the 22. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for visiting!

I've only read one of those. But three are on my wishlist or in my TBR pile. The title for 11 is cute.

House Keeping vs Dirt sounds intriguing. I would probably go for "Eats Shoots and Leaves" though. I'm always in need of punctuation upgrades. I love books too and have many, but I don't read half of them.

Some of my 13 have fallen down and can't get up.

XINE: I have start reading "Eats, Shoots & Leaves", along with the "Anxiety of Everyday Objects" - as I can't seen to read just one book at one time.

Housekeeping vs. The Dirt just sounds entertaining!!! Happy TT!

You certainly got ecclectic taste in books. Oh, and I love that photo! I wish my dog would fit in a bookshelf. LOL
I have to say I'd read "Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt" first, too - purely because of the title, and even though I'm not a big fan of Nick Hornby. "A short history of tractors..." wasn't bad either.
I've got only one question: who the hell are Griffin & Sabine? anybody I should know?

i've read a couple of reviews of The Memory Keeper's Daughter that convinced me to try it if i ever get the chance..

love the picture of the book shelf. i'm as nutz over books as you are.

but i'm going to have to cut back on reading for the next while as i signed up for the Seventy days of Sweat challenge.

my TT is 13 titles of stories from my Fruit of the Spirit storyworld to which i'm going to try to add 70,000 words to by Sept 20.

Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt for the title alone.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I've heard it's great. Happy TT.

One day I'll start reading books that force me to think, until then I'm sticking to my fantasy/romance selection. I like to think it's because of all the years I spent in school.
Nice list.