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text 2019-12-26 23:04
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - St. Lucia's Day: Task 4
Was It Murder? - James Hilton
The Apothecary Rose - Candace Robb,Derek Perkins
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales - Terri Windling,Ellen Datlow
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Sandra Uwiringiyimana,Abigail Pesta
Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle - Daniel Stashower
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Liz Kalaugher,Matin Durrani
Sorcerer to the Crown (A Sorcerer Royal Novel) - Zen Cho
Below the Clock - J.V. Turner
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep
Death from a Top Hat - Clayton Rawson

Most of my books of course come from sellers in Europe (chiefly Germany and the UK), but a fair few this year did also end up traveling here from North America, when all told the American offer was better than those by European sellers.


Bought in 2019 and already read:

From Seattle, WA:

James Hilton: Was It Murder?

Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose (Derek Perkins audio CD)


From Houston, TX:

Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling (eds.): A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales

Sandra Uwiringiyimana: How Dare the Sun Rise


From Mishawaka, IN:

Daniel Stashower: Teller of Tales

Frederic Raphael & Kenneth McLeish: The Book of Lists

Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher: Furry Logic


From McKeesport, PA:

Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown


From Coral Springs, FL:

J.V. Turner: Below the Clock


From St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada:

Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen

Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat


Bought in 2019 and still on my TBR (don't even comment, please):

From Seattle, WA:

James Thurber: Writings and Drawings (LoA)

Agatha Christie: Rule of Three


From Tucson, AZ:

Stephen King: 11/22/63


From Richmond, TX:

Charles Dickens: Bleak House (Paul Scofield audio CD)


From Houston, TX:

Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings


From Mishawaka, IN:

Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson: Napoleon's Buttons

Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen

Lois McMasterBujold: The Curse of Chalion

Christopher Hibbert: The Borgias and Their Enemies, 1431-1519

Ted Widmer (ed.): American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama (LoA)

Robert Barr: The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont

C. Daly King: The Curious Mr. Tarrant

Eden Philpotts: The Red Redmaynes

Matthew Pritchard (ed.), Agatha Christie: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922


From Windsor, CT:
Elie Wiesel: Night  / Dawn / The Accident (aka Day)


From Frederick, MD:

Samuel Johnson; E.L. McAdam, Jr. & George Milne (eds.): A Johnson Reader


From Kennesaw, GA:

Christopher Isherwood. A Single Man (Simon Prebble audio CD)

Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm (Stanley Tucci audio CD)


From St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada:

Otto Penzler (ed.): Bibliomysteries


(Task: The historic (3d century AD) St. Lucia was Italian; yet, like those of many other saints (including, e.g., St. Andrew and St. Nicholas), the most important celebrations of her holiday don’t occur in her place of origin but somewhere else in the world.

List or create a stack of favorite books (minimum: three) featuring a character’s move or transition from one part of the world to another one (or from one end of a large country, e.g., U.S. Canada, Russia, China or Australia, to the other end.)

Alternatively, tell us: Which book that you acquired this year had to travel the farthest to get to you (regardless whether by plane, sea, or whichever other way, and regardless whether it was a purchase of your own or a gift from someone else)?)


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text 2019-09-14 21:20
So I had to go to the bookstore today ...

... because I needed a "design your own" blank-page calendar to create a birthday present for my mom, and one of the large local bookstores happens to be my go-to place to get such a thing. (I create a calendar as a BD present for my mom every year.)


Obviously, this being a bookstore, it wasn't just a blank-page calendar I brought home ...



And while there, I also found the perfect props for the "read by candle light or flashlight" square ... (in the two bottles to the left and right of the books -- they alternate between the seven colors of the rainbow).

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text 2019-07-25 08:45
The Unboxing: 2019 Edition

FedEx got their act together a day later than scheduled and delivered my box of goodies from the States.


*Cue the stripper music*






That's the entire haul, including MT's books there on the left.  My books, close enough to see most of the titles:


Some of those appeared in an earlier book haul post, before I got stuck into holiday mode and fell off the internet.  Some are upgrades from paperbacks.  Some are new to me authors.  Some of them I've already read during my holiday and the reviews are forthcoming.


On my last day, for those that saw my earlier post and thought: Oh hell no, I'm not looking at all those pics, we spent the day in San Francisco enjoying a 12 hour layover.  We stumbled upon City Lights Books and of course I bought a couple of books:



The one on top was waiting for me when I got home - I'd ordered it from the author and forgotten all about it.  Surprise!  :)


I just now noticed I bought two books from a famously progressive bookstore that have "War" in the title.  Freudian much?  :D

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text 2019-07-02 02:32
How I spent my summer vacation / book haul the first

The post you all knew was coming ... my first book haul post.  But first, a vitamin D break:



Ok, moving on; as I mentioned earlier, I made my traditional first-day-home pilgrimage to the FOTL across the street from my mom's house, and bought a few books.  Today I returned, because who knows what I missed because of the jet lag?  Then my mom mentioned the library in the next town up, which had to re-built from the ground up, had re-opened.  I've always had excellent book karma at that FOTL (First edition Eyre Affair signed by Fforde for .25 cents) so we pilgrimaged up there.  My karma remains intact.  On the way home, we hit another library FOTL shop.  The result:



Note that the Icarus Agenda is for MT, because his paperback has disintegrated.  A couple of these are upgrades from paperback - and the two Nancy Drews are first editions; none of this 'updating' crap.


There's at least one title there from the 1001 Badass list.  BrokenTune, I caved.  ;-)


This is all a prelude, of course, to our FOTL book trail that my mom, my sister and I inaugurated the last time I was here.  With 6 FOTL shops in the county, we just can't do them all in one day; now we can concentrate on the bigger shops in the county seat later this week.

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text 2018-12-21 20:29
Did some last minute Christmas shopping ...
At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell
Three Daughters of Eve - Elif Shafak
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

... including shopping for book gifts.  Inevitably, I ended up also getting a few books for myself ...


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