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text 2017-11-25 16:47
Taking advantage of seasonal sales
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution - Yuri Slezkine

Yesterday I took my son to some used bookstores in the area for some Black Friday book shopping. At our first stop I found the book I'm going to give by father-in-law for Jólabókaflóðið (yes, it's happening!) and at our second I picked out four books for myself, two of which were part of my never-ending quest to acquire a pristine set of Robert Caro's LBJ biography.


I could have purchased more books, but I didn't. At one point at the book store I even had a stack of five additional books that were not only cheap but were purchasable for an additional 20% off. Yet I ended up putting them back on their respective shelves, for the simple reason that I have no space for them. This is increasingly the primary constraint in my book-buying activities, as my shelves already packed end-to-end with titles. In one respect, I value the limitation, as it highlights that I need to make space by reading more of them. Yet it can be frustrating to see an enticing title that I would like to get, only to realize that the odds of getting to it anytime soon are slim.


I mention all of this as context for my upcoming dilemma, which is my local independent bookseller's annual New Year's Day sale. Every year on that day they open their doors at noon and offer buyers 25% everything in their store. As most of my brick-and-mortar discounts are for used bookstores, this is a rare opportunity to buy new, buy cheap, and buy local – the purchasing trifecta when it comes to book buying for me.


The only problem is, what to buy?


Currently the store has two books on their shelves which look particularly interesting. The first is the second volume of Stephen Kotkin's biography of Joseph Stalin, which I will need to get at some point. The other one (and one I may purchase if someone snatches up the Stalin biography before I do) is Yuri Slezkine's new book about the residents of a government apartment complex in Moscow during the Stalin era, which is getting rave reviews and is appearing on more than a few best-of-the-year lists that are already coming out. The problem is, can I justify owning a book that is less of a necessary purchase and which may sit unread for a few years before being sold? Fortunately I still have a few weeks to work out an answer, but it is something I think about as more of an encapsulation of my book-buying issues than it is something that I won't have to worry about again.

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text 2016-11-26 20:43
Currently hooked on: Yuri on Ice

[Warning, non-book post coming up.]


It's all about men's figure skating, and at this point I'm hoping the writer is going for a story in which Yuri not only learns to be confident in himself as a skater, but also finally realizes he's in love with famous figure skater Victor Nikiforov, his current coach. Like, love-love, not just hero worship or professional admiration. Literally all of Yuri's performances so far (7 episodes) have been great big love letters to Victor.


I really wish there were a manga version I could binge-read, but alas, this appears to be an original production.


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review 2016-08-15 00:00
Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearl
Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearl - Yuri Rasovsky This is ridiculous but so entertaining. A lot of the dialogue is funny. The actually storyline is scary, a barber killing people and a cook selling them in her pies. It’s worth the time.
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review 2016-03-09 22:04
Yuri - Roxie Rivera
Another top notch awesome book in the series! I really like this one as well,don't let the 3 stars fool you it was really great even it was not my all time favourite,Dimitri has still my heart owned!

The romance between Yuri and Lena was so cute.They sure had chemistry each other that it become more than that near the end.

The action was good.It seemed that every female heroine has probleatic family background but doesn't mean it is the same in every book.This time Lena's cousin caused si many troubles I was amazed how Yuri and Lena found a proper solution.

One of the things I like in the series is the returning back of all the couples from the previous book and how they and the new incoming characters are interacting and involving with each story book.

Extra There is someone coming back from the past someone that it has to do with all out guys horrible past.I can't wait to read more about that in the next books
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review 2015-09-22 21:18
Signs Preceding the End of the World
Signs Preceding the End of the World - Yuri Herrera,Lisa Dillman

Read from September 07 to 17, 2015


Description: Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages – one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

Opening: I'm dead, Makina said to herself when everything lurched: a man with a cane was crossing the street, a dull groan suddenly surged through the asphalt, the man stood still as if waiting for someone to repeat the question and then the earth opened up beneath his feet: it swallowed the man, and with him a car and a dog, all the oxygen around and even the screams of passers-by.
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