Sunday, November 09, 2008

thanks to everyone who's saving book publishing this weekend!

Here are the books I bought:

[location: Barnes & Noble]

MONA IN THE PROMISED LAND by Gish Jen: I was browsing innocently and noticed Gish Jen's name on a bunch of spines. I realized that I recognized the name--she's blurbed for a lot of the type of books I read--but had never read a single thing by her! This is a slender volume that promises to be about Jews and Asians, so basically what's not to love?

GIRLS OF RIYADH by Rajaa Alsanea: I was totally on my way out of the store when I realized I'd never read a book that took place in modern Saudi Arabia. In fact, the closest thing I've read is a pretty dry history of Islam that bothers with Saudi Arabia only through like the 1200s. Plus the cover was just so... wow. I hope it's good.

ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson: I bought this for my dad, who saw a list of the 5 best fantasy titles of all time and had read the other four. He's also a big Wheel of Time fan, and (for those of you who aren't as geekily into the whole saga as some of us are) Brandon Sanderson has been tapped to write the 12th and final book in the series now that the author has passed, so my dad feels like he should sample some of his other oeuvre. He's promised to lend it to me when he's done.

That's all. Of course, the weekend is hardly over.

23 comments:

RedHawk said...

So I purchased 'Mapping Human History' by Steve Olson at the airport. Does that help?

Jeanie W said...

Yesterday I picked up a B&N gift card for my niece's b-day because it's easier to mail a card halfway across the country than a book. She's an avid reader, so she'll probably spend teh entire value on books. Of course she is also getting very into her cello playing, so she could end up walking out of the store with the latest YoYo Ma CD.

dark_opus said...

Done. I even stepped a tad out of my preference comfort zone to try something new based on author rep & review. We'll see how it goes.

Count me in with the quivering masses eagerly awaiting BSanderson's WoT contribution. Besides being a tall order, it'll also be something of a tribute to an amazing man and his legacy. Can't hardly wait.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

I loved Mona and the Promised Land! I actually read it in college for a Modern Fiction course. Excellent choices, all.

I haven't bought my book yet, but we're going to the Independent Warwick's in La Jolla today. Or maybe Bay Books in Coronado...hm. Both?

Kimberly Derting said...

I just found your Buy-a-Book post this morning and I freaking LOVE this idea! I am already making a list in my head of the early Christmas presents I'll be buying when I head out today (my mom still hasn't read The Kite Runner *gasp*). Thanks so much for the kick in the pants!!!

Briane P said...

I read your post on Sunday, and am going to stop on the way home to pick up David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest," thanks to Read.Dance.Bliss' recommendation of it. Unless I get distracted by something else.

acpaul said...

I picked up 'Anathem' by Neal Stephenson and 'Foundation' by Mercedes Lackey. Two books I've been waiting for will be released on Nov 11, too.

nancyhigh said...

I just bought Three Days to Never by Tim Powers yesterday. And in the last two months, Jim Butcher's "Small Favor" and Eldon Thompson's "The Divine Talisman"--in hardback no less!

Yes, let's save books! And save our eyes from the kindling of the computer glare...

Shannon said...

I walked in to buy three books on my list, instead I walked out with three new ones! I am writing a Middle grade novel for NaNoWriMo so I browsed that section first then I shopped around. How fun. Can I have an excuse to by books each weekend?
From Booksamillion:
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

Crimogenic said...

I ended up at Borders and picked up The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz, two vastly different books but both stood out for me. Started The Time Traveler's Wife, and really liking it so far.

Linda said...

Hmmm... good choices here. I purchased Shreve's TESTIMONY, I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE by Julia Glass, THREE JUNES also by Glass, PHARMAKON by Wittenberg, three copies of TERMINAL NEGLECT by Rushniak (he's a friend and he's speaking in Baltimore next weekend), THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS A SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch (for my 9 year old), three Dr. Seuss books for my 6 year-old girl, and at the church auction someone put together a Reader's Basket which included EAT, PRAY, LOVE, OUT OF THE FLAMES about Michael Servetus, and another book my hubs has already absconded with. Came with coffee and lots of organic chocolate, so... I done good. Happy shopping, and happy reading.

Crimogenic, TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is the best, best, best; and Brian, I hope you enjoy INFINITE JEST as much as I did. Amazing. Peace, Linda

writtenwyrdd said...

I'm going to have to get the Alcatraz book. Sounds like a hoot.

writtenwyrdd said...

I just had to mention the word verification: expeledd

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

My father lived in Riyadh off and on for the last twelve years. He once brought home a load of traditional women's wear and we all tried them on. I can't imagine wearing that stuff in stifling heat.

I should pick up Girls of Riyadh when my TBR pile goes down a bit.

Crimogenic said...

Linda, I'm about 50 pages into The Time Traveler's Wife, and it's almost impossible to put down. Simply brilliant!

Deb said...

Did my bit. Scored two Peter F. Hamilton titles for the DH, plus UGLIES for my daughter. Couldn't find anything for myself. Serves me right for looking for English history books at B&N. Will hit Borders next time.

moonrat said...

well done, team! especially Linda. Linda, you win.

i heart THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. i'm not the only one on this blog ring who does!! (cough cough PRECIE)

Juliana Stone said...

I loved your post so much moonie, I blogged about it on website, and then spread the word at a few other choice places. I went out on Saturday and purchased two books, and I'm happy to say several writers/readers I know went out and dropped some $$ on books....what a great idea!

Precie said...

Oh, yes, I heartily LURVE TTW...I'm a bit of a fanatic about it. :)

My Amazon damage involved 2 books (and a DVD for Child):
--The Rhetoric and the Poetics of Aristotle
--The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
--the Stranger Safety DVD

Not exactly my usual fiction fare, but I'm looking forward to them immensely.

Cat Moleski said...

I purchased a book at B&N at the airport on Thursday going out of town and will purchase again today on my way home.

I bought "Dark Celebration" - a paranormal romance. Way out of my comfort zone, but I'm a book vacuum cleaner and will read anything!

Amie Stuart said...

I got Red by Jordan Summers, The Paper Marriage by Susan Kay Law and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins--funny #2 son looked at Hunger Games and said, "oh yeah, she writes those *wahtever* books." He knew them but I'd never heard of them.

ehadams23 said...

Have your dad check out Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, which is the best fantasy I have read in years. Alcatraz is good too but completely different since it is aimed toward kids and humorous, while Mistborn has more of the Wheel of Time epic fantasy thing going.

Other Lisa said...

Spy Candy, by Gina Robinson, an e-friend of mine, Nixon and Mao by Margaret MacMillan and China, Fragile Superpower, by Susan Shirk.

That was last week. The week before has a longer list because I "had" to buy a bunch of books to research a new project.

This week is "buy a book or two for Mom on her birthday."