July 7th, 2014

Indigo Bookstore Haul

Sara du Jour: 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.

Sara du Jour: Indigo Bookstore Haul

Here’s what I ended up choosing.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.)

Sara du Jour: Indigo Bookstore Haul

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

– Sara

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