Book Bender

I’ve bought a lot of books lately. Starting my own book group has meant I need to buy copies of things I want to audition, right? Plus there are my other two book groups. And thus, this tower.

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (because I want to read his second, and thus want to read his first, first.)
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor (someone recommended it for my religion/mythic fiction book group)
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (ditto above)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie (because a friend said she loved it)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (rec. for book group)
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (because my recent reads of Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse made me want to re-read this)
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (because I’m reading Mrs. Dalloway for the upcoming myth/religion book group)
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (rec for book group, local author)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie (next selection of my women’s book group)
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov, ed. Burgin and O’Connor (likely the November myth book group book. This translation was the one that seemed to have the most love)
Lonely Polygamist by Bradley Udall (for Books and Bars)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Foer (September pick for myth book group)
Jane Eyre by Bronte, Penguin edition with cover by Ruben Toledo. (I collect editions of this, and loved this one so much I couldn’t leave the store without it.) Details of this one below.

Toledo Jane Eyre cover

Toledo inside front gaatefold cover Jane Eyre

Toledo Jane Eyre back cover

Toledo Jane Eyre back cover and gatefold cover

(sorry no links; too tired. maybe later)

6 Responses to “Book Bender”

  1. Amy Says:

    I have that Jane Eyre–I too collect Jane Eyres (and Wuthering Heights). ove it.

  2. V Says:

    Sure, blame us. We’re enablers.

    Those are some fine illustrations with “Jane Eyre.”

  3. girldetective Says:

    Vince there’s only one person who was crazy enough to start a monthly group while already attending two others; I only blame myself! (But seriously, I look back at former book stack pics, and not a whole lot of them have been read…Perhaps when I buy a new stack I should take any unread books from an old stack to Half Price books. ) I could also blame Magers and Quinn for having such a smashing inventory, many of which were lovely used copies, and the Chinook book for having a 20% coupon.

  4. Steph Says:

    Love this loot! I’ve read a few of the titles in this stack (Master & Margarita, Extremely Loud, The Hours, Jane Eyre), but the remaining titles are all ones that are on my TBR list in some format or another (either I own them or want to own them!). It always feels so good when one scores such wonderful finds from a used bookstore!

  5. sm Says:

    i LOVED half a yellow sun, and so i read purple hibiscus too. it was good, but still didn’t hold a candle to half a yellow sun

  6. girldetective Says:

    perhaps I’ll read them in reverse order, then, which is how my friend in that book group read and enjoyed them.