A Book Buying Binge

Books are slowly taking over my apartment.

It’s not like this is a new problem. I’ve written about it before here. And probably here. Here too?

But this seems like the first time that I’m looking at my shelves thinking seriously about donating some of my less-loved titles. And I did that twice last year. My husband also moved a bunch of DVDs to free up shelf space for me, all of which is now crammed full of books. There are books all along the floor of the bookshelves, on the coffee table, my bedside table, the table beside my couch. Everywhere.

So I’m not exactly sure what I was doing in a bookstore in the first place.

And yet, in one week I went to the bookstore three times. I think. There might have been more times and I just blocked those memories. All I know is that I now have a lot more books that also need reading and since Chelsea asked for a book haul post, here are the books that I recently brought home:


Murder After Hours and 13 at Dinner by Agatha Christie. There’s this second hand bookstore near a friend’s house and it’s awesome. The books are stacked all the way to the ceiling, alphabetical by author, grouped by genre. The crime fiction authors have drawers. Most have to share. Agatha Christie gets her own drawer filled with the best vintage covers. I took home two of them because Agatha Christie you guys.

Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin. I grabbed this one at the same bookstore (in a shared drawer) because it’s the third book in the Inspector Rebus series and it’s a hard one to find.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This is the only book of Gladwell’s’ that I haven’t read so when I saw it at the second hand bookstore, I took it. It’s also on my TBR Pile Challenge list so I have to read it soonish. See? I needed it.

The Duchess of Aquitaine: A Novel of Eleanor by Margaret Ball. I’ve been looking for some good historical fiction that doesn’t deal with Yorks or Tudors, wives of famous writers or the French Revolution. I’m hopeful that this fits the bill.

How to Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman. Definitely not a how-to guide. Rather one of those domestic thrillers we’re all into right now from a debut author.

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy. I was in the middle of a reading slump and I always find that Maeve Binchy is the perfect author with which to reset my reading mojo. I didn’t need it though – Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken did the trick. I’m sure Maeve will come in handy sooner or later though – she’s always good to have on hand.

Ru by Kim Thuy. The Canada Reads list had just been released and for the first time ever, I was interested in maybe reading some of the books. Ru was the first one I found when I was in that mindset and so I took it home with me.

The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi by Jacqueline Park. Iv’e been on the lookout for books about Italy since we’re going in the Spring and I don’t know that much about the country. OK so this is fiction but Heather picked it so it can’t be terrible. I promise to read some non-fiction about Italy soon.

I also picked up Persuasion because I’m going to re-read that soon and the first three Anne of Green Gables books to restart the collection because I’m doing the Green Gables Readalong with Reeder Reads and I didn’t have the books anymore which made me sad.

So yeah. Good thing today is a day off. I have a lot of reading to do. What am I even doing here??

Have you gone on any book buying binges lately?

31 thoughts on “A Book Buying Binge

  1. I can’t admit publicly the number of books I took from ALA. But I can tell you that my husband told me when he dies one day I am going to become a hoarder surrounded by books. Looks like good reading!

    • ALA sounds like a special kind of heaven. I’m pretty sure that’s what my future holds too. Without my husband around to limit the number of books, I will bring them all home. I will be found crushed to death by them all. But what a way to go!

  2. My goal for the year was to read from what I own to avoid spending money, so no book binges. I’m stubbornly holding on, but also being upheld by free ARCs from publishers. So far so good, but I’ve had some close calls!

    • I haven’t even mentioned all the ARCs I have kicking around! I feel such immense guilt when I don’t get to those in a timely manner but at the same time, I’m such a mood reader! At least I have something from pretty well every mood. Although at this rate, I’m going to be playing your game soon. My husband is going to put me on a book diet.

  3. Your apartment sounds like my house. It’s nice to know, though, that we are not alone. 🙂 I also love hearing about other people’s acquisitions – it’s like buying books vicariously. Second hand bookstores make it all seem okay, don’t they? For one thing, we’re supporting local business. And, you can get twice as many books (or more!) for the same amount of money. Can’t wait to hear about them all! Are you going to tune into Canada Reads this year? I already have it narrowed down to 2 (in my own mind, anyway).

  4. You’re going to be busy, but they all sound great! I just got Ru from the library and I can’t wait to start. And I just read the description of How To Be A Good Wife – I hadn’t heard of it before but it sounds terrifying (in a good way)!

  5. It sounds like you are at an earlier stage of the path I have gone through. First it was apartments. Then a house. Ultimately I had to move to a bigger house because all the book shelves were full. (Ok, it was also because all the floor space was filled with toys when my daughter was a toddler.) Now I have a house with three rooms which have two or more walls covered with book shelves plus other rooms also have book cases. They are all full, and there are books piling up on coffee tables, night stands, and where ever else they will fit.

    • Doesn’t sound like there’s any cure for us then! I’m not sure that I will ever have a whole house – I live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the world and I just don’t have a million dollars to buy a crappy house with! I just have to figure out a better way to shelve them all. I think built in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are in my future…

  6. You are not helping my situation!! I’m sitting here staring at a pile of books on my desk that I haven’t read, and yet I want to go book shopping today. It’s not like I need books, I just want them. Not good. Not good all.

  7. I’m a frequent flyer at the library. I was once given a book bag because of my status. I long ago gave up the idea of creating a library after one too many moves and hauling books around became tedious. I’m caught up reading Greenblatt’s Will in the World, Jane Eyre, with Lowry’s Number the Stars on deck, and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior queing.

  8. I’m constantly on a book buying binge! 🙂 When the news of Harper Lee’s new novel came out I was thinking “oh my, I purchased her other novel 2 years ago and STILL haven’t read it”. It really is bad (on my side). I do think I need to get a library card and I’m with you on donating the titles I may not have liked to make more space for the new ones. Happy reading!!

  9. Wow, a great stack of books! I love secondhand book stores. I’m sure you spent hours looking around. Look forward to your reviews of Ru and Grazia del Rossi.

  10. Woohoo – you did the post! I love seeing the books people pick up and are looking forward to reading. Books are everywhere in my apartment too – I hear ya! We had company over last weekend and someone asked, of the 3 bookcases we have, which books were my fiance’s. I had to tell them that he had one shelf in the bedroom and the rest was mine.. along with all the books piled beside the bed, on the edge of the shelves, on the night table and so on.
    Hope you enjoy all your new reads :).

    • I did! I have those massive expedit bookshelves – 5 cubes by 5 cubes. FULL. Books are also stacked on top – my husband has one cube. That’s all I can spare (I can’t really).
      I need to live somewhere where I can afford a bigger place to live!

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