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.

10 comments:

Mystica said...

I think the Kingsley Amis book is at Book Depository (paperback version)

Sandra said...

I enjoyed both Holiday and Middlesex very much. You have some good reading there. I did a Friday Finds post this week too.

Sandy Nawrot said...

LOVED Middlesex on audio. I think this is Eugenedies' Opus.

hillary roberts said...

I LOVED Middlesex. I haven't read the Marriage Plot yet so I am not sure if it is his best but it is a very good book.

Bellezza said...

Ah, so many lovely books! I receive gift cards to bookstores (from my dear class) but not the real things themselves. I think it's rather difficult to pick them out for someone else unless you know them quite well. Hope you like Middlesex, which I seem to be in a huge minority for not liking. But, don't let that stop you! ;)

Zibilee said...

I just went shopping too and got two books that you raved about from Europa. I got Hygiene and the Assassin and The Lost Daughter. I am so looking forward to both of them, as they will be my first Europa reads. I love your new additions as well! Have fun with them!

bermudaonion said...

I thought I'd read Middlesex, but just read the description and must have it mixed up with another book. No new books here so far this week.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

are you participating in the Booker Reading challenge? Didn't know you're collecting (and reading) the Bookers. If I had known that Golding's book is hard to come by, I wouldn't have passed by it in a bookshop. At that time I hadn't read Lord of the Flies and it was that book or nothing else.

Pam said...

As usual, you've introduced quite a few new to me book with this list. I have read and listened to Middlesex. I enjoyed the audio version more than the print edition - for some strange reason. Now I'm intrigued about the Golding book you mentioned. Lord of the Flies is a favorite of mine. I'll have to give this one a look. Thanks for all the great recommendations.

Michelle Shannon said...

MIDDLESEX is SUCH a great book! I listened to it on audio two years ago and still think about it. I haven't read his latest yet; I'll admit I'm a little scared it won't live up to the awesomeness that was MIDDLESEX. It looks like you had a very successful Christmas and post-Christmas shopping experience!