overload!

This week has been the perfect storm but in a more perfect way than that’s usually meant. First, I went to B&N and picked up two books that looked FANTASTIC (and were). Then last thursday, my neighbor and I had a date to go to the nearby independent bookstore (<3 Literary Life) and I ended up buying four more (no self control). Then last Sunday I stopped at the library to give back some books I had finished and they had a SALE. On USED BOOKS. So I bought 2 (for $2!).

I already had books from the library. today, five more came in that were on hold. And my neighbor loaned me one that she bought from LL last Thursday.

I have a gigantic, wonderful, amazingly eclectic pile of books in front of me. And I love it. But it’s a little bit insane.

I have the following:

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon (time-traveling Scottish romance book #2)
  2. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard (beautiful prose about…writing beautiful prose)
  3. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (I’ve read it before and I’ll read it again)
  4. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (it won a Pulitzer and Roth is on my omg-you-haven’t-read-anything-by-him?! list)
  5. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, David Meerman Scott (for work/looked interesting/title is self-explanatory)
  6. A Million Little Pieces, James Frey (drug addict narrates in drug addict style)
  7. Everyman,” Philip Roth (it was $1 and see above re: self control)
  8. Caught in Crystal, Patricia C. Wrede (I DEVOURED her “Dragons” quartet about 80 times from 3rd-12th grade and it didn’t occur to me until about last week that she might have written other books)
  9. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester (history of the Oxford English Dictionary. It sounds fascinating to me and I know that makes me a complete dork)
  10. The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto “Che” Guevara (no, I haven’t seen the movie, and no, I don’t want to)
  11. The Art of War, Sun Tzu (my boss talks about this book all the time and I’m almost 100% positive he’s misquoting so I figured I should read it so that I can be a smart ass at a later point)
  12. Voyager, Diana Gabaldon (time traveling Scottish romance book #3)

I think this entry pretty much explains about 80% of why my life is insane. It’s pretty self-inflicted. But the question still remains: what do I read first?!

edit: for those of you who can do math (not so much me), two of the books I bought were Goon Squad and Olive Kitteridge, which I have since read.

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