I may not have much time for reading with school taking so much attention, but when Half Price Books has a 20% off everything sale, how can a girl stay away? Besides, since I have decided to pass on most newly published books, I need to be sure to have plenty of “old” books to read, right? So, here is my happy haul:

stocking up

  • No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym
  • Less Than Angels also by Barbara Pym. You know for years it seems like I never found any Pyms except Excellent Women on the shelves at HPB. Of late, I seem to find at least one new one every few months. Estate Sales maybe? Or perhaps the bad economy and people are clearing books from their shelves for a few extra dollars? Neither is a happy thought so I will cease to wonder and just send a thanks to the book gods.
  • Obabakoak by Bernardo Atxaga. I read an essay a number of years ago in which A.S. Byatt raved about this book. Long ago I ceased to even look for it because I had never heard of it nor seen it anywhere before. Then Friday evening it fairly jumped off the shelf at me. It is one of the few books ever written in Basque. According to its description it is a book filled with parody, riddles, texts within texts, and is a “multifaceted and rousing celebration of the art of storytelling.” Sounds marvelous, doesn’t it?
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I’ve never read it and so many of you seem to have and loved it so I thought if I had a copy around it would remind me to read it sometime.
  • The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard. I got this because of Verbivore’s recent review of a different Hazzard book. I didn’t have any plan to ever read Hazzard but she made her sound so interesting that I thought I’d give it a go.
  • The Pencil by Henry Petroski. I know this sounds like a weird subject for a book, but the history of the pencil is a long and fascinating one. And who doesn’t love pencils?
  • An Open Book by Michael Dirda. This is Dirda’s coming of age memoir and about how he became a reader. I find Dirda to be a rather charming fellow, so this should be good.

How’s that for “stocking up?”