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Books left on the library table

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This isn’t quite a weekly update (which I am not technically behind on, since I have only been reading one very thin book this whole time), it’s the books that I had to weed through whilst still at the library, so that I could fit on the bus to get home.

Delaying the Real World. Colleen Kinder
100 Bullshit Jobs …And How to Get Them. Stanley Bing
Small Places: In Search of a Vanishing America. Thomas H. Rawls
English is Broken Here. Coco Fusco
The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America. Mike McIntyre
The Greedy Bastard Tour: A Comedy Tour of America. Eric Idle
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. Frank H. Wu. I can’t tell you how many times I have picked this book up only to have it not make the cut. Some day…

I took:
The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949. Keith Jeffery
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Stuttle Astronaut. Astronaut Mike Mullane (Like Astronaut Mike Dexter?) (Via Packing for Mars)
Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life. William Leech
A cluttered table in the BPL
I always think it’s interesting to see the themes. Today I stuck almost entirely to E169, along with a couple books skimmed from the corners of other tables.

Weekly update

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

This week was consumed by the only paper I had to write for my ghosts class. Not much progress made on the various books I accumulated this book, but there were a lot of panicked trips to the library.

-“Covering,” Kenji Yoshino. G-d as my witness, I’m finishing this book.
-“The Summoning,” Kelley Armstrong (FWD write-up here) (17). Chloe starts seeing dead people and is locked up in a group home for unstable teens where she is forced to accept that she is ill… or suffer the consequences
-“Dumbfounded,” Matt Rothschild (158). A fat, cross-dressing, gay, red-headed Jew? It’s like Rosthchild’s life was compiled to amuse me.
-“The Ghost Writer,” Philip Roth (49). I figure I should read one Roth book, since my class is reading like five.

-“Who Fears Death,” Nnedi Okorafor. I thought I returned this already.
-“Blonde Roots,” Bernadine Evaristo. I was panicking about my ghosts paper and just started grabbing books I had already read.
“Dust,” Karen Frances Turner. I could tell from the title it was a zombie book, but I didn’t know it was ON THE WRONG SIDE.
-“Out Stealing Horses,” Per Petterson. Goodwill!
-“Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife,” Mary Roach.

Weekly update

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

-“Blindness,” José Saramago.
-“Seeing,” José Saramago. I might not be in the mood for these books.
-“The Man in the Ice,” Konrad Spindler. This is going back whenever I fish it out from under my night table
-“Who Fears Death,” Nnedi Okorafor. Not much progress made.
-“The Last Nazi,” Stan Pottinger. Haven’t even opened it. Probably also going back
-“Playing in the Dark,” Toni Morrison

-“Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights,” Kenji Yoshino. I’m really enjoying this.
-“In a Dark, Dark Room,” Alvin Schwartz
-“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” Alvin Schwartz
-“Even More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” Alvin Schwartz. These books scared the shit out of me when I was eight. They are pretty disappointing now. Stephen Gammell’s illustrations continue to introduce feces to my undergarments.
-“Alligators in the Sewer and 222 Other Urban Legends,” Thomas J. Craughwell
-“Urban Legends: A Collection of International Tall Tales and Terrors,” Edited by Gillian Bennet and Paul Smith
-“The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends,” Jan Harold Brunvand. Considering writing about “The Hook”
-“Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures,” Vincent Lam. Haven’t opened it yet.

Weekly update

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Books currently on my bed bedside table:
-“Blindness,” Jose Saramago. A candidate for a paper for my class on ghosts in US literature (see some other things we have been reading in the assigned reading tag)
-“The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist-Fight in Heaven,” Sherman Alexie. So close to done, and it was only due (also for that class) two days ago!
-“The Man in the Ice,” Konrad Spindler. If I don’t finish this soon, I’m not going to finish it. It’s an interesting story, but it moves very slowly, with attention paid to the wrong parts.
-“Who Fears Death,” Nnedi Okorafor. Another candidate for that paper, another re-read.
-“Thirteen Reasons Why,” Jay Asher. I’m pretty sure that a large amount of the time, I was angry at the right parts.
-“The Last Nazi,” Stan Pottinger. Part of my continued lack of understanding that I do not like crime novels.
-“FU, Penguin,” Matthew Gasteier. This one barely counts as it is a) actually on my bedside table and b) has been there for months, at least. I have read it, but it’s one of those occasional books that I never put on here because it doesn’t meet some ineffable standard of real bookishness.