Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back again

So, after long last, I'm back, after never meaning to be gone more than a day or two.

I managed to miss my 6th blogiversary by letting the birthday aspect of that weekend in October take precedence; I had to become reacquainted with the judge's manual prior to the Nov. 2 election, then recover after the exhaustion of said election; I had to do much more thising and thating and the othering than usual, for the entire month, and I couldn't think of a thing worth blogging about in all that time.

Plus, I failed so fast at my book buying moratorium that I embarrassed myself there for awhile.

But I got over it.


Just a week after swearing off any new purchases, I got a whiff of good news at work, and couldn't resist celebrating by ordering Hannu Rajamiemi's The Quantum Thief. I blame it all on Pat D.

Then, a week later, after another hint of good news at work, I decided to treat myself to Jaimy Gordon's Lord of Misrule and the first movement to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. By the time the package arrived, I'd  come to doubt that dangle of good news ever actually coming to pass and had repented falling off the wagon; I tried to convince my son he wanted to give the books to me for Christmas, but he refused: "I want to get you something special this year." (Once Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award, I taunted him, saying he'd blown his chance.)

And I encountered the Lifetime Reader on Twitter, read her review of Ibrahim Fawal's On the Hills of God, and managed to justify an immediate purchase since it was the first novel from a Palestinian's perspective that I'd ever heard of.

Then there was a used book sale at the university library to raise money for the public library, and I couldn't resist a like-new copy of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer; the Library of America's collection of four Dawn Powell novels (My Home is Far Away, The Locusts Have No King, The Wicked Pavilion and The Golden Spur; Tim Page's biography of Dawn Powell; Jennifer Egan's The Keep; and The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant.

By then I'd gotten over the shame of failure; I could start another moratorium next month. I fell in love with the cover of Joan Thomas' Curiosity, I ordered the book from Canada--a totally compunction-free transaction.

And when we'd successfully found appropriate attire for S.'s induction into the international honor society at his college, I made everyone drop by Border's as my own reward for surviving the, ah, experience of shopping with two males. The store was so dead (a Wednesday night) that I convinced myself that it needed my money more than I did. I came home with Gish Jen's latest, World and Town.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Bruce Machart's The Wake of Forgiveness from David Abrams. Yay!

So that was my month away from blogging. I did read quite a bit, but that's fodder for another post.

9 comments:

trish said...

I love how each book has a story behind it as to why you bought it. Love that you bought Lord of Misrule before it won the NBA!

Jeanne said...

Do not expect much from Prodigal Summer, and maybe you won't be as deeply disappointed in it as I was.

litlove said...

What a beautiful pile of books!!

LifetimeReader said...

How exciting that you are reading On the Hills of God! (Now I feel really guilty for so strongly recommending a book with such a pathetic love story in it. Try to overlook that part....) And I can't wait to see what you think of Virgil. I'll be reading and writing it this year too, after I make it through the Greeks. (I read some of it over the summer and found it hard but fabulous.)

Stefanie said...

Oh my, there is always the New Year's Resolution ;)

Danielle said...

Isn't it funny how we need to justify our book purchases? Lovely pile--I want the Dawn Powell bio and a few others! I hope you'll be back to posting when you can. I thought I would read the Anthony Powell books this year, but oh well, maybe next year.

Danielle said...

Isn't it funny how we need to justify our book purchases? Lovely pile--I want the Dawn Powell bio and a few others! I hope you'll be back to posting when you can. I thought I would read the Anthony Powell books this year, but oh well, maybe next year.

Frisbee said...

I'm reading and enjoying Gish Jen's book right now.

And what an incredible library sale.

I enjoy your Borders Rewards program. It's so hard to buy no books, no?

Iliana said...

Great to see you back and lovin' that pile of books!