I’ve been saving up since May to write this post. Here are my book buying adventures of the spring and summer.
I bought these books at the annual Canadian Federation of University Women Book Sale that takes place in May every year at the curling club (where there is lots of space). There are a zillion books ranging in price from $0.25 to $4.
There are several books here that I’ve already read, but didn’t own yet. So, I bought them anyway. I thought about leaving them for other people, but no.
- Life Before Man – Margaret Atwood
- The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
- The Deptford Trilogy – Robertson Davies
- Annabel – Kathleen Winter
- Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
- We Need T Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
- Roll Up the Rim – Leo McKay Jr.
- A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
- Spanish Fly – Will Ferguson
- The Imposter Bride – Nancy Richler
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
- Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
- The Dinner – Herman Koch
- Ay Antonia – Willa Cather
- Up and Down – Terry Fallis
- Our Daily Bread – Lauren B. Davis
- Inside – Alix Ohlin
- The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
In June it was my birthday, and because I turned 40, my family and friends spoiled me. 🙂
My mother bought me Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Community by Ruth Holmes Whitehead and No Relation by Terry Fallis.
With my Indigo gift card, I bought Malarky by Anakana Sschofield and Naked Imperfection by Gillian Deacon.
Most importantly, my 9-year-old daughter made me this Hello Kitty box to hold some of my books:
In July we spent a week at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. On a rainy day, we drove into St. John, where, among others things, we visited Loyalist City Coins & Books in St John. I was happy to find a copy of Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robinson, which just came out this year.
Alma is the town right at the entrance to the National Park, and it has a charming little used bookstore that we visit every time we camp here. This year I found Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
During our camping trip in August (to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia), we drove into Annapolis Royal (to go to the Farmer’s Market) and Bridgetown, (to do our laundry and go to the used bookstore). Endless Shores Books doesn’t look like much on the outside, but the inside is filled with great books, and it’s a good way to kill an hour or two while waiting for your laundry. It also has a good children’s section.
I can’t wait to read these!
- A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali – Gil Courtemanche
- The Golden Mean – Annabel Lyon
- In the Land of Birdfishes – Rebecca Silver Slayter
At NovelTea Bookstore Café in Truro, Nova Scotia I found a nice copy of Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley.
At The Book Nook, also in Truro, I had some credit for taking books in (mostly kid’s books, because those ones are easier to sort through and part with). Here is what I found in exchange.
- We So Seldom Look On Love – Barbara Gowdy
- Natural Order – Brian Francis
- An Adoration – Nancy Huston
- Remembering the Bones – Francis Itani
- The Space Between Us – Thrity Umrigar
- The Moons of Jupiter – Alice Munro
- Hard Light – Michael Crummey
- Obasan – Joy Kogawa
- Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
In hindsight, I did pretty well this summer. Now I want to know what you which ones you recommend first, or last. Which are your favourites? Which ones did you hate? What books did you pick up during your travels this summer?