My Money, My Choices

20 Apr

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of free books (well, I think it’s a lot). I’m also a big fan of my local library and an assertive gift recipient. I’m also an enormous tightwad. So when I decide to spend my hard-earned moolah on books, you know I really mean it. It’s kind of like splashing out on your favourite band’s CD even though you’ll probably just listen to it on your computer/ipod/some other mp3 player that I don’t know about. The point is, you support them. And handing over your debit card to a real human being perversely adds to the excitement of listening to their new offering.

At the moment, I plan on spending my pounds on these books:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (third in her trilogy of highly addictive, wonderfully violent YA books).  When it comes out on August 24, natch. Not that I’ve ever seen the countdown clock.

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman. My non-fiction tastes, weirdly, coincide with my young adult fiction tastes. The more apocalyptic, the better. The sci-fi-like science book promises to detail what would happen to the world minus the humans, but with all our crap.

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore, by you know who. Somehow, without ever having read her stuff, I’m sure I will love it. And I could use a short story fix.

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21 Responses to “My Money, My Choices”

  1. obsidianrazor April 20, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Been meaning to buy the Hunger Games stuff for the longest time. I think that’s Suzanne Collins. The thing I didn’t see looks like the same design too!

    I’m barely off the buy category, and find the whole process satisfying. If I go to the book store, I have a list in my head and go all hunter/gatherer on those dead trees.

    And now I must look up The World Without Us.

    • Lija April 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

      Oops, thanks for pointing that out. I probably should specify that it’s from the Hunger Games trilogy. But you know, what other YA trilogies are wonderfully violent? (seriously, if anyone knows of any, TELL ME).

  2. Rob April 20, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Ahhhh…I have Lorrie Moore’s Collected Stories Lija, and it is pretty wonderful. I’ve not found it as good as William Trevor’s Collected Stories so far (I’m currently running a head-to-head challenge to discover which of the two is the more Chekhovian), but I’m slowly working my way through it.

    Anyway, good luck with getting a hold of your ‘wants’ although luck is probably not needed is it? Just a piece of plastic and a pin number :)
    Warmest
    Rob

    • Lija April 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

      I love the Chekhovian challenge! I think comparing books for being Proustian/Chekhovian/Austenesque should become a regular blogging feature (And a gloriously cruel way to judge debut authors).

      Maybe I need good luck for not going bankrupt, instead.

      Thank you for commenting!

  3. Kinga April 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I’ve just read The Gate at the Stairs and really, really liked it. I mean, really.

    So, I look forward to hearing what you think of The Collected Stories (which a friend has offered to lend me).

    And I’ve wanted to read The World Without Us for aaaaaages.

    • Lija April 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

      I stupidly bought The Gate at the Stairs as a present for someone else who doesn’t even live in the same country as me (lesson learned). I’ve heard mixed reviews but I still want to read it.

      The World Without Us just has an irresistible premise, no? So creepy, but so much fun to think about.

  4. Jackie (Farm Lane Books) April 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    LOL! I loved The Hunger Games, but was disappointed by Catching Fire. I will be reading Mockingjay at some point, but I think I’m happy to wait until all the queues at the library have died down…unless I see some wonderful reviews and then I might just have to go and spend my precious pennies!

    I’m planning to read The Gate at the Stairs soon – I am really looking forward to it. I hope you enjoy her story collection.

    • Lija April 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

      Catching Fire didn’t grab me in quite the same way, either (as I said in my little write-up, it didn’t have as much action-packed plot, which is really what this series is all about! https://writerspet.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/hungry-for-more/).

      But I will gladly gobble up the next installment and regale you all with more hunger-related puns.

  5. YorubaGirl April 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Ooh, just about to delve into Lorrie Moore, myself! I just finished Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters which I loved, and I’ve been reliably informed, despite having never read Moore’s stuff, that I will love it. We can read and compare notes.

    • Lija April 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

      We can. And after the book portion of the night, we can watch a 90s movie.

  6. John Chidley-Hill April 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Signs I am a huge nerd –

    #1 – I maintain a detailed spreadsheet of books and graphic novels I’d like to read, with separate pages for books and graphic novels I’d like to buy. If I really love a book or graphic novel I’ll move it to the “To Buy” page.

    That way when I inevitably get gift certificates for Chapters-Indigo or comic book stores I know exactly what I want.

    #2 – For my birthday I got a comic book database program that allows me to keep track of my single issues and it automically re-values my collection every time I add a comic to it.

  7. Lija April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    You are indeed a huge nerd. But I like the idea of separating the want-to-read-sometime books from the must-buy-now books.

  8. theliterarylollipop April 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I am really looking forward to Mocking Jay. The second book was unbelievably genius! I even got my mother hooked on the series. You should have seen the expression on her face when I told her that the last book wouldn’t be out for another year.

    Well, at least the wait time has gone down considerably.

    -Lydia @ The Literary Lollipop

    • Lija April 21, 2010 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks for commenting, Lydia. Sadly, I think the second one didn’t quite live up to the first (see mine and Jackie’s comments, above), but I’m still pretty excited! If the countdown clock didn’t give that away.

      • Lydia May 4, 2010 at 2:38 am #

        I must admit that the ending of Catching Fire was a touch too convenient. It was the clock design of the second games that really impressed me.

      • Lija May 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

        Ok, that was pretty cool. And it hadn’t occurred to me at all before they revealed it at the end, so I definitely had to give Collins points for that.

  9. Sasha April 21, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    I am a crazy fan of La Lorrie Moore! I haven’t read A Gate at the Stairs, because they don’t stock them yet here (booo), but I certainly will. I don’t always like her stuff, but she never ceases to impress me.

    I read her collection Self-Help a few months ago. It’s one of my most treasured books. These stories make you gasp, and take long walks. :]

    Moore’s totally worth breaking out of that tightwad shell, haha.

    • Lija April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am #

      Gah, our reading lists seem to overlap so much, despite being in different countries. If you were here, we could swap books and I could revert back to my tightwad ways!

      • Sasha April 22, 2010 at 3:25 am #

        That would be wonderful, haha. And OH, a couple of hours after I commented here, I oh-so-innocently strolled to a bookstore and found A Gate at the Stairs. WEE.

  10. savidgereads April 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I didn’t get on too well with The Hunger Games am slightly concerned that there could therefore be something wrong with me.

    Have The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore which is my year long on the beside collection of short tales, am wonderfing how I will ever be able to write about such a full and wonderful collection.

    • Lija April 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

      Yes, there must be something wrong with you! Or something wrong with the rest of us.

      I feel like I’m late even hearing about Lorrie Moore, since everyone else seems to have started reading her long ago, but I’m excited to get started!

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