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List the last 5 books you purchased, checked out of the library or otherwise acquired. What made you pick each of them up?

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kiwiria
Aug. 19th, 2015 06:35 am (UTC)
One Year Off - David Elliot Cohen I'm very interested in "happiness projects", and especially travelogues. One of my dear friends knows this, and sent me this as a gift! :)

The Club Dumas - Arturo Pérez-Reverte A random pick through bookmooch - I had one point left to use before closing my account, and this was the only one available in Denmark that sounded even remotely interesting :-P

The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook - Fred Bronson I'm a HUGE fan of SoM and have wanted to read this ever since I heard about it several years ago.

Pioneer Girl - Laura Ingalls Wilder I'm also a HUGE fan of LIW, so of course I had to own this, once I heard it was being published. It took me awhile to find a place that would ship to Denmark without costing an arm and a leg though.

Knit, Wear, Love - Amy Hertzog I really want to get better at knitting sweaters, and this book came highly recommended by the Knitmore Girls (my favourite knitting podcast). I've yet to knit anything from it, but I'm currently swatching for one of the tanks, so we'll see :)
rainbowstevie
Aug. 19th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited to read Pioneer Girl -- just as soon as I reread the Little House series for some context.

One Year Off sounds interesting, and thumbs up for any book with "scrapbook" in the title. Those are always fun! The knitting book also sounds pretty cool, despite my lack of knowledge about the skill.
imagine_peace
Aug. 19th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
1. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood - I am determined to read all of Atwood's books because she is one of my favorite writers this and the other book of hers were bought for a dollar at a used book sale.

2. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood - I am determined to read all of Atwood's books because she is one of my favorite writers this and the other book of hers were bought for a dollar at a used book sale.

3. Searching For Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen - Loaned to me by my sister-in-law. She read it and thought I might enjoy it.

4. Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets by Kenneth Anger - I have a guilty pleasure of delving into stuff about Old Hollywood.

5. Go Set The Watchmen by Harper Lee - I think everyone's reading this one, aren't they? :)
hotmass
Aug. 22nd, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
4. Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets by Kenneth Anger - I have a guilty pleasure of delving into stuff about Old Hollywood.

As do I! I'm particularly fascinated by the Red Scare in Hollywood ca. 1940-1960 and how Marxism affected cinema's elite. Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten has been on my to-read list for a while. There's something very gratifying in learning about what really went on during the Golden and Silver Screen ages.
imagine_peace
Aug. 24th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yes there is. Makes them... like real people, sometimes worse.
rainbowstevie
Aug. 19th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
1. Golden Cloud: Palomino of Sunset Hill - Leland Sullman. Horse in both title and on cover, in a 60s Scholastic paperback? INSTANT BUY.

2. Collie to the Rescue - Albert Payson Terhun. I am collecting all of APT's books, most of which I have not read.

3. Dr. Laurie's Conquest - Berta LaVan Barker. A dollar off the library sale cart. It has a ridiculous romance-novel-y look, but it also has a woman in a lab coat holding a poodle and the summary is telling me all about how this vet is focused on trying to spare the life of a "killer palomino," so I'm hopeful about the ratio of animals to romance.

The others are checked out of the library:

4. Threatened - Eliot Schaefer. I read his previous book set in Africa (Endangered) and it did an amazing job of setting the scene, so I figured I'd double up.

5. Between the Notes - Sharon Huss Roat. I was interested in the idea of a teenager losing her house and having to move "out of their affluent neighborhood and onto the wrong side of the tracks." I don't see a lot of YA dealing with foreclosure.
chrryblssmninja
Aug. 22nd, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
1) Obata's Yosemite: The Art and Letters of Chiura Obata - I was at Yosemite and I liked the style of Chiura Obata's woodprint impressions of his trip, so I bought this.

2)Las películas de mi vida, by Alberto Fuguet. I stumbled upon this title while looking through different Spanish-language literature movements so I can practice reading in Spanish. Fuguet is one of the writers who wrote counter to the magical realism tradition, and while I don't dislike magical realism, I want to get a broader view of styles.

3) In a Glass Darkly, by Sheridan Le Fanu.
I had a book of a few of his short stories that I read around Halloween, but I decided to buy the actual collection he's known for, especially since the price was low at a bookstore I wanted to support. Includes Carmilla!

4) Wajda On Film: A Master's Notes, by Andrzej Wajda
I more or less like the Wajda films I've seen, and since I'm interested in both filmmaking and Polish film movements I decided to buy this when I found it at a big used bookstore on Fort Mason.

5) Confessions, by Kanae Minato
I really like the movie based on this twisted novel, so now that the source material is out in English translation, I decided to read it.
hotmass
Aug. 22nd, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
1. The Mists of Avalon -I'm an Arthurian Legends enthusiast and was recommended TMOA after telling a friend that I was delving into The Once and Future King.

2. Ivanhoe -I bought Ivanhoe and Don Quixote together at a Barnes & Noble sale. Total ended up being around $15, which wasn't too shabby considering these were new editions and in excellent condition. Both books have been on my to-read list for a while.

3. Don Quixote

4. Civilization without Sexes: Reconstructing Gender in Postwar France, 1917-1927 -I read Mary Louise Robert's "Samson and Delilah Revisited" for a Senior Seminar and was enormously intrigued by the shift in gender/sex/sexuality post Great War. I decided to pick up "Civilization" because it's essentially an extrapolation on her article.

5. Galileo -Another classic that's been on my to-read list. I got around to reading it last month and unfortunately wasn't as impressed as I thought I was going to be.

Edited at 2015-08-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
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