Sunday, July 20, 2008

Books I Feel I Need to Buy

I know some of you will laugh when you read this. For the past month I've been trying NOT to buy anymore books.

The way I figured it: If I'm really leaving the country for a year, I wouldn't be able to read them anyway. It's just not practical to ship books over. So, why buy books? In fact I've also stopped going to the library, in case I forget to return them and come back with a massive overdue fines.

But for books, it's always more than just about the reading of them. For many of us, there is the compulsion to possess - you guys know what I'm talking about. Last week I've picked up two books I had my eyes on: Wild, by Jay Griffiths (I have been waiting for the paperback after reading about it in The Guardian), and Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels, recommended by Ovidia. (Can you believe my local library do not have a copy available for this title?)

But I have more. Here's a picture of a small stack of books I have been keeping on reservation - waiting for the day I bring them home:

List of books, from the top:

  1. Stoner, John Williams
  2. Afloat, Guy De Maupassant
  3. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson (NYRB Classics)
  4. A Winter Book, Tove Jansson
  5. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
    (I'm still of two-minded on whether I should pick up the UK edition, published by Sort Of Books instead of the NYRB edition. Sort Of Books has published Tova Jansson's A Winter Book, The Summer Book and Fair Play, with foreword by Ali Smith. As a collection they make a nice set. But my personal partiality to NYRB is making it difficult to choose. Even with books we have brand affiliation.)
  6. The Italian, Ann Radcliffe (Oneworld Classics edition)


theduckthief said...

It's not weird. I told myself that starting this year I wasn't going to buy any new books. I kept buying them and not reading them, resulting in an unread library.

I cracked one day before five months, splurging on "Little Women" and the "Complete Keats". I cracked again about a month later with four more books but I've been good since then.

I've been nursing a $100 gift certificate and enjoying trips to the library. It's doable; just don't accidentally wander into bookstores.

darkorpheus said...

duck thief That part about not wandering into a bookstore will be difficult - because I work in a bookstore!

That said, I find it a miracle I finally found the time to comment on my own blog! :)

Anonymous said...

A year in Dubai is a good excuse to read all those doorstoppers you've always meant to but never had the time for.

Also, I am insanely jealous of the Anne Radcliffe book - I love her stuff and hardly ever come across it even in the States. Lucky you!

darkorpheus said...

Ella Does it mean I will have no social life in Dubai? Or I have to stay indoors all the time because of the heat? :)

Now, bringing those door-stoppers over will be tough.

Ann Radcliffe - ah...I pride myself on being a student of the Gothic - but I've never read her. The Italian will be my introduction.

Danielle said...

I have one of Tove Jansson's books--the Summer one. I also want to read The Italian (The Mysteries of Udolpho was great fun). Aren't those NYRB classics nice?