Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Finds - The Highlights

I still haven't done a what-I-got-for-Christmas post and I'm not sure when I'll get around to it at this point, but let it suffice to say that I got a lot of books for Christmas. Some of the highlights include The Mozipedia, The Encyclopedia of Morrrisey and The Smiths, by Simon Goddard, and the Hunger Games trilogy, and two hard-to-find Booker Prize winners, Saville by David Storey and Holiday by Stanley Middleton. I was very well-provided-for as usual!

Of course that did not stop me from shopping.
I found William Golding's 1980 Booker Prize winner Rites of Passage at a used bookstore in Cambridge; it's very hard to find and I was thrilled to get a copy! Now, the only Booker winner not in my possession is The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis. I may have to go on Bookfinder.com and solve that problem sooner rather than later!

I found Victorine, by Maude Hutchins, in another used bookstore. It's a coming of age novel set in suburban America and I gather it's quite unusual. So naturally I want to read it.

I picked up A Sleep and A Forgetting, an intriguing-looking entry in Melville House's wonderful Art of the Novella series, and one that hadn't come to my attention during the challenge last August. So I'll try it now! 

Last but by no means least, I got a copy of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex via Bookmooch. I've just heard so much about this book that I finally gave in and got it.

What's new on your shelf this week? Have you read any of the books I picked up? What caught your eye the last time you went to the bookstore? I'd love to know!

More Friday Finds at ShouldBeReading.wordpress.com.