The ‘While I Was Away’ Book Haul

Though I managed to restrain myself these past six months, thanks to my ‘Read Five Before I Buy’ program, I did go out and get some books. What’s best though is I didn’t pay full price for a single one. They were either gifts, found at thrift shops, or purchased at the annual Jeffco Library Used Book Sale. I’m gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back for that.


As you can see by the picture above, I got another Penguin Drop Caps book. I’m officially obsessed. This time it’s “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Luis Zafron. It’s translated and I hear it’s just wonderful, especially if you love books. It’s also on my 100 Books list and I hope to get to it soon.

(The rest are from top to bottom)

“Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt– I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! I’m probably the last English speaking person to do so.

“Snowdrops” by A.D. Miller– It’s a book about Russia (!) that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot – My dad read this and passed it on to me, telling me I could keep it if I wanted.

“The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” by Hilary Mantel– My lovely friend Kristina got her hands on this ARC at Amazon HQ in Seattle. In all her kindness, she gave it to me. She’s a peach.

“Little Bee” by Chris Cleave – It was $1 at Goodwill.

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell  – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this! I also got it at Goodwill for that magical price of $1.

“A Tale For The Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki– A book given to me by my friend Lyndsay when she was cleaning out her own collection.

The books in this picture are from the library sale, except that top one, ‘Russia,’ that I got with Amazon credit. Again, from top to bottom…

“Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East” by Martin Sixsmith– My fascination with Russian history continues…

“The Death of Vishnu” by Manil Suri– I know nothing about this, but I love literature written about India or Indian people.

“Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson– My writers group raves about this book. Time to see what’s up.

“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe – I read this in high school and wanted my own copy

“Atonement” by Iwan McCain– I listened to this last year on audiobook and loved it. I just had to add it to my library.

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston– Another book I read in high school that I need to own because in hindsight it was a really wonderful book.

“The Crimson Petal and the White” by Michel Faber– People at BookRiot love this. I trust their judgement so I picked it up, despite it’s heft.

“Zone One” by Colson Whitehead- Honestly, I picked it up just based on the premise. It sounds like it will be a good break from reading more “serious” stuff.

“Tracks” by Louise Erdrich– I loved ‘The Round House’ and I want to read more by her.

“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver– I’ve tried to start this many times, but always put it down after twenty-pages. It’s a beloved modern classic and I’m determined to finish it!

Well, looks like I have some reading to do! Let me know in the comments if you are reading something you love or tweet me: @EmHof. Until next time, I’m out.


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