Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Salon

I think today what I'm mostly going to do is sleep!
I got home early this morning from San Francisco, and I've unloaded my books and clothes and assorted other stuff, put the new books on LibraryThing and picked up my cat from the boarder's; now I rest!

I read five books over vacation, mostly short ones, and I liked them all. So I made a minor dent into my TBR pile and got even further behind on reviews!

I actually have another box of books in the mail from San Francisco; when I went to City Lights bookstore I had everything shipped back from the store. In general throughout the trip I mostly bought graphic novels, but I picked up a couple of used hardcovers of recent books, and at least one new hardcover I could get anywhere. By the end of the trip I was being less and less discriminate with my purchases. I started off saying I'd only buy things either about San Francisco or things that I think I would have trouble finding at home. But by the last day I was like, if I want it, I'll buy it. So I did. Total number of books purchased, not including the City Lights purchases- about 11. A lot of these are graphic novels or zines. I got to see Thorina Rose of The Heartbreak Diet fame do a reading at a bookstore on Friday, which was pretty neat.

Favorite purchase? Hard to say. Maybe the used hardcover of David Benioff's City of Thieves. Or one of the graphic novels. Ropeburn, by Jeremy Smith, is a good one. I'll probably write more about it tomorrow. I think my real favorite purchase will come from the City Lights swag and honestly I can't remember most of what I bought there. A graphic novel, two Russian novels, a French novel, some poetry... we'll see when the box gets here.

All in all I visited around 13 bookstores and comic book stores. My favorite was Green Apple Books, which has new and used books of every stripe as well as music and DVDs. We went there twice in all. I also picked up one of their tote bags because we needed another bag for the stuff we bought (my husband had his own haul of stuff from SF as well). You'd think they didn't sell books in Massachusetts for all we brought back!