Monday, April 30, 2012

New Books in the House



























We hit a used book sale at a mall in Michigan with 10,000 books for sale. I would have bought more if I hadn't set a limit. Although no interesting crime fiction I hadn't read despite crawling under the table to look in boxes. Someday I will learn how to arrange pictures neatly on my blog.

31 comments:

F.T. Bradley said...

They all look interesting--and I like them scattered on the screen this way :-)

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, those look great, Patti! And I can personally vouch for Montana 1945. Loved it.

Bill Crider said...

I love NORWOOD.

Heath Lowrance said...

AMERICAN GODS is an amazing book. Probably Gaiman's best.

Randy Johnson said...

Heath beat me to AMERICAN GODS. What he said.

George said...

Nice haul! I have that Charles Portis but haven't read it yet. My son is a Zadie Smith fan. I need to reread AMERICAN GODS.

Anonymous said...

Nice haul, Patti. I've read (and would heartily recommend) two of them: NORWOOD and AMERICAN GODS.

Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

...although I would not say it is my favorite Gaiman; that is (and will likely remain) NEVERWHERE.

Jeff M.

Ron Scheer said...

Came out looking good. Don't fix what ain't broke. I liked Watson's MONTANA, 1948. He writes well about sheriffs. Zadie Smith's ON BEAUTY is a hoot.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have DOGS OF THE SOUTH and NORWOOD on the pile now. I jumped at AMERICAN GODS. So strange because I was looking for westerns and they had none on the western table. Someone must have swooped in and took them all.

Richard R. said...

I admit I'm not familiar with any of them, as opposed to your more erudite readers, apparently. All the Gaiman hype has permanently turned me off to him. I guess I need to read more non-genre fiction.

Anonymous said...

Rick, I would highly recommend you try NEVERWHERE. Of course, perhaps it struck a chord with me because of my familiarity with London, but as a fantasy fan you would probably enjoy it a lot.

Jeff M.

Joe Barone said...

I'm still trying to read through a bunch of used books I bought the last time I was in that situation. Once in a while, I take a break and read a new book just for the fun of it. So many books and so little time.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have at least 500 books on the TBR and do I read them. No. I read books I get from the library because they have a due date on them. If someone would come over and put a due date on these books they might get read.

Cullen Gallagher said...

"If someone would come over and put a due date on these books they might get read."

I like that idea, Patti!

Ben said...

I got some Tao Lin not long ago. Strange man, peculiar guy, no matter how you put it, he gets ideas moving and isn't scared to shock. I hope you like him.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Well, are you coming, Cullen. Your room is ready anytime.
Ben-I have never heard of him, but the cover appealed to me so I guess covers do sell books. Also the title. Richard Yates is a favorite of mine.

Cullen Gallagher said...

If I'm ever passing through your neck of the woods, Patti, I'll certainly let you know. I'm sure I could get lost in your book collection for many many months.

I need to find a way to function on less sleep so I can start getting through these books that I have piled up.

How much coffee in the AM would it require to hide my lack of sleep when I get to the office? Hmmm ...

Cullen Gallagher said...

I gave up around 2AM this morning when the page started moving on me. I usually figure that is a sign that I need either food, caffeine, sleep, or some combination.

Richard R. said...

Patti, that's why I restrict myself to only the occasional library book, though I keep a list of things I want later.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Now that's what I call variety. How many books do you read every month, Patti? I'd be lucky if I read three.

Anonymous said...

Patti, that has been my problem as long as I can remember: I almost always have at least a few library books on hand (sometimes a dozen or more) and those have a deadline, so...

That's also one of the benefits of going to Florida for six weeks: I have to take my own books and get a lot more of them read.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I probably read 6/8 books a month at most. A short story a day. Four or five mags and a million blogs.
I will take a bunch to La Jolla next winter but really the kindle would probably make more sense since we fly.
I am trying to forbid myself from going to the library for a few months. But I have a few here....

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I guess reading more books a month also depends on how fast you read. I'm basically a slow reader, getting a piddly ten pages out of the way every half-hour or so. I know people who skip details or descriptions and jump directly to the operative part. That's as good as not reading a book, isn't it?

pattinase (abbott) said...

I only skip over things when I need to finish a book for some reason. My husband never reads a book from front to back.

Cullen Gallagher said...

If I find myself skipping paragraphs and pages, I usually just put the book down, figuring that if it isn't worth the time to finish a page, then it isn't worth my time to finish the book.

Anonymous said...

I'm annoyed if I don't finish at least 10 books a month. Then again there were times I read that many in a week....

Jeff M.

Richard S. Wheeler said...

Montana 1948 is a major American novel, one I found moving and tender and true. My wife teaches it in her Montana lit course. Larry Watson is an acquaintance of mine, and a dear friend of my wife's. He has written some splendid novels. I think the novel will touch you profoundly.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have read Laura, Orchard, and my favorite White Crosses so far. He is thrilling. Please tell him he has a big fan in Michigan.

Mike Dennis said...

I'm sure you know, Patti, that THE COLD SIX THOUSAND is the second book in Ellroy's Underworld USA series, with AMERICAN TABLOID being the first. TABLOID was and is my favorite Ellroy novel, so as you can imagine, when COLD 6K came out, I was very excited. I bought it immediately and dove in.

About halfway through, I realized it wasn't holding a candle to TABLOID, but I said, "This is Ellroy. It'll pick up soon."

The deeper into it I got, the more predictable it became, but I plowed ahead nevertheless. Finally, I got to within seven pages of the end and put it down. I never read those final seven pages.

pattinase (abbott) said...

A great story, Mike. In effect, you got to show your disappointment.
I have AMERICAN TABLOID, but haven't read it although my husband and daughter have.