When does ‘regular reading’ end and ‘summer reading” begin? Well this year it’s easy. The gigantic used book sale I went to over the weekend and the loot I brought back make it official: Let summer reading 2009 begin.
The treasures I found were trade paperbacks in like-new condition. And because I had twenty, they cost me just one dollar each. Right, that’s Canadian dollar, even a better bargain. How I found them was an ordeal. They were painstakingly selected under smoldering heat at a farmers’ market. For two hours, I elbowed my way in to grab hold of my targets which I had to eye from a distance over heads and shoulders. But it’s all worth it.
Here’s a picture and a list of the titles I brought back:
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien
- Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
- Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (Giller Prize Winner)
- The Sea by John Banville (Man Booker Prize Winner)
- Saturday by Ian McEwan
- Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
- Daisy Miller by Henry James
- The Stories of Edith Wharton selected by Anita Brookner
- The Mapmaker’s Opera by Béa Gonzalez
- Always Now The Collected Poetry of Margaret Avison
- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Pulitzer Author)
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Booker Prize Winner)
- Marginalia: A Cultural Reader by Mark Kingwell
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
- A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
- Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- Exit Music by Ian Rankin
Some of these titles I’ve long wanted to read, like Goodbye, Columbus and Rebecca. Some are just well known titles or authors that I think I should read, like Tolstoy, Franzen and Tyler. Some are winners of book prizes that I usually enjoy, the Booker, Giller, Pulitzer. Some are fine Canadian authors and one of my favorite poets. And some I’m just curious about like A Natural History of the Senses. But one stands out. This time, I’m literally judging a book by its cover:
The above are the front and back cover of the book. There’s no title, only on the spine. It’s enjoyable just looking at it. But the title is appealing too: The Mapmaker’s Opera.
Together with the books I’m already reading, plus my long TBR list, I think I’m topped up till next summer.