A knee-high tower of books

My church had its annual best-in-the-world used book sale this week-end, and I scored. Big time.

Here’s what I came home with (in case you’re wondering, I’m listing them according to physical size and where they actually sit in the tower, so it’s smallest to biggest. Thank heaven Barnes & Noble doesn’t sort that way.)

A Confederacy of Dunces by Toole
The Idiot by Dostoevsky
Island Murders by Canada
For the Sake of Elena by George
Seven Up by Evanovich
Basket Case by Hiaasen
A Patchwork Planet by Tyler
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Rowling
Wise Blood by O’Connor
The English Patient by Ondaatje
Belle Weather by Rivenbark
The Bible Salesman by Edgerton
Water for Elephants by Gruen
I, Richard by George
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Lamott
Blue Shoe by Lamott

Thirteen bucks. Grace (Eventually) is the only book I’ve read and I’m thrilled to have my own copy after hoarding a friend’s copy all last winter. For the Sake of Elena is also looking strangely familiar and I’m thinking it might be one I donated a couple of years ago.

So. I have my beach and bed-time reading cut out for me for a while. I started with A Confederacy of Dunces based on Kirsten’s recommendation (even if I didn’t win her contest).

Any suggestions for what to read next? What from this list did you like? Throw across the room? Never heard of?

Inquiring minds want to know.


  1. dayner

    Interesting list indeed!
    Water for Elephants grabbed my attention from your list. Of course, as a parent, if I’d mortgaged everything I own to put my kid through veterinarian school and that kid didn’t finish the exams, I would come back from the dead and haunt her for the rest of her life. (Are you reading this Kaitlin?) 🙂

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      I think Water for Elephants will probably be next… I thought I’d read on the NaNoWriMo site that she started the book during NaNo, but she doesn’t mention that anywhere on the book blurb itself, so I don’t know.

      But I love this quote from an interview in the back of the book: “I hate outlining. I hate outlines, hate them, hate them. I usually know what the crisis of the book is going to be, though I don’t know how I’m going to get there. I try to make it bad enough that I don’t know how I’m going to get out of it. I just get myself geared up, and I write every day and see what happens.”

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  2. Darksculptures

    I haven’t read one of these. Why aren’t there a few more hours in my day?

    I’d love to read A Confederacy of Dunces by Toole after your earlier post.

    Boy am I having a day. If only I had a place to rant about my &%$@# Bank. Maybe I’ll send you an email just so I can get it off my chest.

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    Some of these books are pretty local…

    I can definitely get into sympathy over bank and other business lunacy, so fire away….

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