October 2012 Recap – Part 2

As promised here is Part 2! I’m seriously facing a book buying ban after this last stint! Almost all of those below were purchased in the last 10 days! (The top left photo was purchased at the end of September just after I finished writing my recap. Needless to say I’m excited about the purchases and still have money to spend at a couple of local bookstores!

Recent Acquisitions (Don’t I sound like a library?)

Well there goes, saving any money – but I will say I was really good about not spending too much…I was going to list all the books out, but decided not to. You can click on the pictures to see what they are. I did get two in the top left photo for October and November book group (The Talented Mr. Ripley and Get Shorty) and a Pulitzer Prize Winner (The Stone Diaries) and the top right photo has one book on my Classics Club list (Down and Out in Paris and London) and one Booker Prize Winner (Midnights’ Child). The bottom left photo has this year’s Orange Prize Winner (The Song of Achilles). And in the bottom right I picked up both the Edith Wharton books I want to read from the festival (Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence), another Pulitzer Prize Winner (Middlesex), a book that’ll make Alie happy (Twilight) and I got 1Q84 for helping out (I wanted to pay for it but they wouldn’t let me).

The rest (list added in 2014 to make finding when I purchased them easier):

But the WIN of the day is below:

Isn’t it just beautiful? I’ve lost my Bantam Classic copy (which I’m not too upset about because the typeface was so small and the line spacing minimal) and I was ecstatic to find this copy. It’s a 1963 Washington Square press version and I’m in love with it. I can’t wait to read it!

Challenge Progress
There has been minimal change this month, as expected. Participating in the Literary Others event slowed me down, but I’m still on track and will hopefully wrap up the remaining challenges in November (with the clear exception of the Classics Club). The only book I read that qualified for my 2012 challenges was Other Voices, Other Rooms.

  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge
    • Monthly Progress: 1 book
    • Overall Progress – 23/25 (92%)
  • Back to the Classics Challenge – No Change (6/9 – 67%)
  • Tea and Books Reading Challenge – Completed in September
  • The Classics Club – No Change (12/100 – 12%)

Well that was a lot to share and a lot to read! Thanks for being amazing and for reading this far if you did. Have an excellent November!


21 thoughts on “October 2012 Recap – Part 2”

  1. You buy books like I do! Haha! I’ve been trying to cut back, too, and I’ve actually been doing a pretty decent job. You bought some fantastic books last month, though!

    Congrats again on your review of Annabel being tweeted by Ms. Winter!


    1. I really do! I’ve been actually really good this year, until last month, but like you say I think I did a good job sticking to books on my lists and books people have recommended to read!

      And thanks! I’m still smiling about it, she even responded after I tweeted back telling her thanks for the great story!


  2. I just bought The Song of Achilles today (the ebook was on sale) and I really want to start reading it now but have to be patient. Too many books, too little time…enjoy yours!


  3. Gah, this makes me want to visit the bookstore, but I must resist…

    So many of these are on my to-read list right now, particularly Down and Out and Midnights’ Children.


    1. I know! I’ve said it who knows how many times before and I’m sure I’ll keep saying it, the only downside to reading other book blogs is all the books you want to buy!


  4. Wow you really did get a lot of books!! I can’t remember the last time I bought that many (a couple years ago, probably, from a used book store…spent about $30 for a dozen!). I buy a lot on my Kindle now, but I still love “real” books. 🙂


    1. Yeah – I still keep an eye on the Kindle daily deals, but they just don’t have great deals like bookstores do! Especially used book stores and the library booksale 😀


        1. Haahaa yeah – I’m still ‘barely’ within my space limits of one bookshelf and everything fitting on it. There just may-or-may-not be a pile two piles on top. That just means I HAVE to read them before I can expand my collection much more!


  5. I see you have The Man Who Loved Books Too Much in there. Why’d you pick that one up? As a rare book dealer, I’ll warn you that all the rare book info in there isn’t completely accurate, but it’s still a fun read.


    1. Haahaa – I assumed that it wasn’t completely factual even though the library book sale put it in the nonfiction section 😀 I love older books, I used to go into the stacks in my undergrad library and find the older books and read through them just to experience them. Plus I read a synopsis of it ages ago and decided I wanted to read it!


  6. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I envy you your copy of Wuthering Heights. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, and that’s such a lovely edition. I like most of your other purchases too. All in all, it was a fabulous haul.


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