Indigo Bookstore Haul
My favourite bookstore, Indigo, was having a sale. This conveniently coincided with my serious craving for excellent new books to devour.
I’m generally quite bad about perpetually buying new books while I have a big stack of already purchased and unread ones, but I made a significant dent in that pile lately. Having recently polished off What Would Audrey Do?, Sense and Sensibility, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, I decided to treat myself to a few new reads. If there’s one thing I feel zero guilt about shopping for, it’s books. One can never have too many! If you’re going to stockpile something, there’s absolutely nothing better to fill a home with, in my opinion.
The sale was (and still is, if you hurry!) 50% off the top 50 books. I skimmed through the titles and picked up a few bestsellers, plus a few others I wanted, too.
Here’s what I ended up choosing.
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
After discovering so many quotes of Maya Angelou’s that I really loved, I’d been meaning to read some of her writing. This memoir of hers was a steal for under $5!
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
I wasn’t sure if I was going to read another book by John Green, after reading The Fault in Our Stars. I really enjoyed that one, but I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to subject myself to that kind of pain again. Well, the masochistic part of me won out, evidently.
- The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
This one came highly recommended to me by more than one person close to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. If I don’t like it, I’m giving all of them a good smack. Summary here.
- The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
I picked this one because I was craving a young adult adventure I’d have a hard time putting down. It’s being compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent, so that’s a good sign. It’s about a group of boys who wake up with no memories, and have to fight their way out of a dangerous maze. Intriguing, no?
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
I’d never head of this one before, but the summary sold me. Frankly, it sounds adorable and very funny. The premise is this, in a nutshell: five aging residents of a retirement home turn to a life of crime in order to ensure they’ll be sent to prison (where they believe the conditions are superior to their current dreary home).
- Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn
After my rave review of Gone Girl, by the same author, it should come as no surprise that I’m giving one of her other works a try. Though independent from Gone Girl, this book promises to be equally dark, thrilling, and terrific.
- The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
Marketing experts say that most consumers will purchase a product if they’re exposed to it seven different times. I’ve seen this book more times than I can count. The Rosie Project was hailed as “the feel good-hit of 2013”, so that sounds promising. It’s apparently a screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and a woman totally wrong for him. Not something I traditionally read, but if it so many people liked it, I’m sure I will too.
- The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
This book is heavy, both in subject matter and actual mass. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and is about a boy who loses his mother in a tragic terrorist bombing, but emerges from the rubble with a priceless work of art, which he obsesses over and is inspired by. I really hope I’ll like it, but I’m not completely sold on it yet. (I mean, metaphorically. I did buy it, so I am…sold.)
I will be reviewing each of these as I read them, so you’ll know more about whether or not I liked them soon. The trouble is, I seem to be consuming books faster than I can blog about them, and I don’t want to post back-to-back book reviews, so I’ll try to spread them out a little.
Which book is in your bag or on your bedside table these days? Happy reading! xx
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