Monday, March 1, 2010

absurd amount of books finding their way into my home--a list

Hmmmmm. I'm feeling an excess of guilt. The reason? The somewhat ridiculous amount of books that I've brought into this house lately.

Book buying ban? What book buying ban? *sigh*

Oh okay, truth be told, I'm not feeling nearly as much honest guilt over this as I should be. See, not only has the old book ban been purposely "forgotten" over the past month here, but I'm on track to have the lousiest reading year ever! And by "lousiest" I'm talking number-wise. Now numbers are not what matter when it comes to reading. However, they really should play a part when it comes to acquisition. I mean it would be one thing to bring 20 books into the house a month if I read 20. Heck, even if I read 15. But when I bring in 40+ books and only read 5...well, it's not hard to see the problem, is it? It's not a matter of money or anything like that, as most of these books come from PaperbackSwap or used book, it's a matter of WHERE THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO PUT ALL THESE BOOKS WE KEEP BRINGING HOME?!!

Anyway, I don't want to bore anyone here, but I do sort of like having this record of the books I get and when I get them. If you are, however, interested in any blame being doled out, they'll be the books with the asterisks.

--Carnet De Voyage by Craig Thompson (b'day gift)
--Bayou by Jeremy Love (b'day gift)
--Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich (b'day gift)
--Essex County by Jeff Lemire (b'day gift)
--Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women edited by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Lauren Stuart Muller, & Jana Sequoya Magdaleno (b'day gift)
--A Bitter Brew by Christine Ellen Young (b'day gift)
--***Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (b'day gift; point for Eva)
--Fables: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges (b'day gift)
--***Sounds of Your Name by Nate Powell (b'day gift; point for Chris--sorry Chris, seems a tad mean of me to be blaming a book on you that you didn't really even talk about it, but this book wouldn't have been on my wish list if it weren't for your review of Swallow Me will forgive me, right?)
--Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin by Terry Taylor (b'day gift)
--Great Breads by Martha Rose Shulman (b'day gift)
--***Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out edited by Fawzia Afzal-Khan (paperbackswap; point for Eva as one of the many awesome-sounding books she had on her Women Unbound list)
--Luna by Julie Anne Peters (paperbackswap)
--I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson (paperbackswap)
--***Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland (paperbackswap; points for Ana and Chris--sorry guys, I know I saddled you with points a long while back for this same book when I got it out of the library, but since I didn't get to read it then and yet I still wanted it so badly you all are going to have to shoulder the blame again)
--***Polaroids from the Dead by Douglas Coupland (paperbackswap; and yet another point for Chris)
--The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (bad debi couldn't resist buy)
--A Wall in Palestine by Rene Backmann (bad debi couldn't resist buy)
--***Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley (bad debi couldn't resist buy; point to Ana)
--***I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly (bad debi couldn't resist buy--actually she had to search far and wide and was tempted to throw a party when she finally found it; point to Ana)
--***The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (bad debi couldn't resist buy; point to Ana)
--House of Mystery: Room & Boredom by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham (bad debi couldn't resist buy)
--Scraps: An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage by Elsebeth Gynther & Christine Clemmensen (bad debi couldn't resist buy)
--Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala (library book)
--***Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age edited by Ariel Schrag (library book; point for Staci--how can it be that this is your first point?!!)
--After the First Death by Robert Cormier (paperbackswap; homeschool)
--***Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon (used book store; homeschool; point for Chris)
--Crank by Ellen Hopkins (used book store; homeschool)
--Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng (used book store; homeschool)
--Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 by Juan Williams (used book store; homeschool)
--Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (used book store; for Printz Project)
--Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg (used book store)
--The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle (used book store)
--The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre (used book store)
--The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman (used book store)
--The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (used book store)
--***Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace (used book store; points to both Ana and Eva)
--***Notes from the Hyena's Belly by Nega Mezlekia (used book store; point for Eva)
--Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Catherine Crier (used book store)
--My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming (used book store)
--One Day in September by Simon Reeve (used book store)
--***Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee (just because gift; point for Chris--sorry you can't escape blame since I was definitely going to pick this book up myself after your review)

I'm thinking I need to skip the local library sales coming up over the next few weeks. :(

Hmmm...I typed this post last week. No idea why I didn't post it. But, hey, it works well for today since I don't have time (after a crazy weekend culminating in Gray spending several hours in the ER last evening to get a couple stitches in the eyebrow area) to write much today.
I did squeak in, at the last minute, my read for Chris's Animals in Comics Mini-Challenge last night. Redwall: The Graphic Novel by Brian Jacques, with art by Bret Blevins. I'll say a few words about it next time I babble about books.

Have a wonderful first week of March everyone!!!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet friend Amanda!!!


  1. Give Gray a huge hug from me, will you? I hope his brother wasn't the one responsible for the ER visit. Your book list is amazing, truly amazing. As for storage, we join you in the quest for another inch or two of bookshelf space somewhere, anywhere, wherever... Happy March back at you!

  2. He he he! I feel so much better about my purchases this week. I don't know what a book ban is! The words confound me!

  3. my first reaction to all of this is aw, poor Gray, what happened?? I hope he's okay. Stitches are no fun. :(

    I love that you got all those books, and that you found I Kill Giants! We need to have a big love-fest where we all read it together! I'm making Jason wait until I can read it. :D Otherwise he'll spoil the plot fo rme, I know he will!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes. Your present got here a few days ago and I didn't realize it was a present - didn't see the sender name. I realized once I opened it though and didn't open the wrapped portion! I'll be doing that this afternoon. :)

  4. Eep - okay, that's A LOT of books, Debi :P But I'm cplpletely with you on the "what book buying ban?" thing...I seem to have forgotten I was ever on one :P Enjoy your new acquisitions! And I'm so glad Master Graybird's okay and only needed a few stitches - though NOT glad it took hours, of course :\

  5. Wow!!! maybe you can be on a reality show titled, "Book Hoarders!"

  6. What a fun list of books! :D I say don't feel guilty, because then the joy is gone. So n'ah. hehe You could always turn all of your walls into built-in shelves!!

  7. Yay Books YAy Books :D And Yay breaking book buying bans :p I think we all need that right now :p And I'm totally loving Staci's idea...we need our own reality show :p Glad to hear Gray is ok!! Is he now to the stage where he's proud of his stitches? :p

  8. nearly choked on my coffee reading Chris's "need a reality show"!... can you just see it now Debi?..a whole hour a week just going thru peoples TBR piles!! and trying to figure out why we can't stop buying books!!! the Doctors would have a field day with us!.. as far as I know there ain't no pill to be took to stop it!! LOL

  9. Can you ever really have too many books? You can always start getting creative with storage if you have to...Rubbermaid totes in crawl spaces seems like a feasible option to me!