For those who are on a holiday break, I hope you are enjoying time spent with friends and family. My typing is quite furious today, thanks to a cup and a half of dark roast with peppermint bark creamer.
Since I’m getting to spend time at home with my beautiful cat Jupiter for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I am taking advantage of the day off to check things off my list.
Today’s blog post will be about the books I bought and borrowed this year and Wednesday’s blog will be a follow up list of books I did and did not finish this year! Since I’ll be posting three blogs this week and next, Friday’s blog will be a book review of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and boy do I have some mixed reviews.
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The books that I wrote reviews for will be linked down at the end of the blog. Feel free to save those posts for a later read. Let’s start looking thru the pile of books!
Books I borrowed from friends or the library
I was able to check out a small portion of books this year from the library in the city I live in or at the university I attend. A friend of mine has let me borrow a large stash of books in the later part of this year. At least two of them will be returned soon, since those are the two that I’ve finished. Most of the books checked out from the library were ones I completed.
From the local library, I checked out:
The Ruin by Dervla McTieran (book club)
Jane Unlimited by Kristen Cashmore (book club)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (book club)
Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (randomly found in the library and loved it)
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (library)
Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (book club)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (library)
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston
Books I checked out from the University library:
36 Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis (2017 edition)
Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster (1920’s edition)
36 Dramatic Situations by Georges Polti
(1898 original; currently checked out)
A Guide to the Novel by Richard Eastman (currently checked out)
Books that were loaned to me:
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (review arriving soon)
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
(might’ve brought this book back from Texas, but who knows how I got it)
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Lead Small by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
(Un)qualified by Steven Furtick (reading list)
Alter Ego by Craig Groeschel (reading list)
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (a book from my Mom’s shelf)
Books I received as gifts:
I always enjoy receiving and giving out books for gifts. Books, like lots of gifts, are tricky to give to friends and family. You’d have to really want to challenge the reader’s collection or know it so well. Bonus points if you’ve gifted a book you 100% know that’s been on their list.
Books I received as gifts:
Sunset Gun by Dorothy Parker (first edition poetry book)
Sting Moment of Truth by Steve Borden a.k.a Sting (2004 mini autobiography)
Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
Pegasus (community college poetry publication)
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman
Style Drivers by Russel Westbrook (autographed)
Religious Confusion by Lawrence Neisent (not a fan of the book but its still on my shelf; might gift it to my Mom)
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (my Mom now has this on her shelf)
Hungry by Sam Sullivan (autobiography written by my Grandfather)
Books I bought in 2018
This is the least amount of books I have purchased in a year. I used to purchase at least 25+ books a year, but I was able to stall on buying books with a tighter budget. While I still haven’t read many of the books I’ve bought, I know I will get to them soon enough:
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (autographed)
Daughters of the Eclipse by Patience Godwin (autographed)
Poetry for a Wandering Soul by Keith Williams (needs to be autographed)
Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner (NaNoWriMo purchase)
The Writer’s Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long (recommendation)
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christian Henry (recommendation)
Writer’s Market 2018 (gong to use this for several years and check for updated dates & information)
The Death of WCW by Bryan Alvarez
Utopia by Thomas Moore (for my world literature class)
Frankenstein & The Phantom of the Opera (B&N editions; already owned Frankenstein but traded the copy I had to my sister and bought me my own)
The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Source book, History, and Anthology
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: Unabridged Selections From The Frontier Stories, Volume 5 (the only volume my independent bookstore had in stock)
On the next blog post, I’ll give you the exact number of books I own! Thanks for checking out this lengthy post about books. You’d be surprised how many people don’t like books but nonetheless here’s several links to the books I reviewed this year:
36 Dramatic Situations, Part One
Daughters of the Eclipse
Poetry for a Wandering Soul
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Milk and Honey
Go Set a Watchman
Picture: Journals I bought & was given this year.
Wishing you all a wonderful end to you 2018. What books have you purchased this year? Let’s discuss about it in the comments below and I might be able to add that book to my reading list.