Saturday, December 29, 2007

My December Purchases

In the holiday spirit, I am also including the books that people purchased for me. Because my love of reading caused these purchases, so I feel some good book karma should accumulate to me. :^)

Books I purchased


Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (Coffee Buy the Book)

White Noise by Don DeLillo (Coffee Buy the Book)

Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland (Coffee by the Book)

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet: A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Many Waters; An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle

  • I loved these books growing up. Because I recently finished His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (which I thoroughly enjoyed), I'm going back and seeking out similar things. I have three of these books in my collection from childhood, and I'm actually not sure if I ever read the last two. I remember reading some of L'Engle's non-fiction, within the last five years, and learning how many rejections she suffered before finally publishing A Wrinkle in Time - her first published novel, and it made me appreciate it all the more.

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne (; gift)

The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole (; gift)

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (; gift)


Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld (Borders)

  • It is highly likely that I will never actually use this cookbook, but I am still holding out hope that I can make one of my children a good eater!

Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto (; gift)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy in Action (Borders; two copies; gifts)

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs (; gift)

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (; gift)

Courting Justice: From New York Yankees v. Major League Baseball to Bush v. Gore by David Boies (; gift)

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross (;gift)

Finally, a collection of Montessori books/pamphlets: Parenting from Your Heart by Inbal Kashtan; Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children by Aline D. Wolf; A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline D. Wolf; Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the nonviolent Communication Way by Marshall B. Rosenberg; How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Books purchased for me

Bella Abzug: An oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom (B&N)

Run by Ann Patchett (B&N)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (

Hypocrite in a Poufy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless by Susan Jane Gilman (

  • This book was purchased for me by my sister-in-law. It WAS off of my Amazon wishlist, but I can guarantee you that she chose this one as a little personal message regarding her feelings toward me; that is the type of person she is.

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (

  • I have three of these books from when I was a child - not in great condition. I think I read all of them, but I am not sure. I am going to re-read them all. This is another set that is part of my Philip Pullman inspired reading.

Home To Holly Springs by Jan Karon (Borders)


Jen said...

OK Babs, now that you are reading Moby Dick, you MUST, MUST, MUST read Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund also!


Babs said...

I know! :^D I'm thinking about constructing a reading plan for 2008 - but it is still in it's preliminary planning stages. I want to see if I start out with say 2-3 base books tomorrow
(Jan 1st), if I can build a whole year's reading off of them - the literary references they make or the sequels they have and then the literary references those books make and the sequels they might have and so on.

I will, of course, still have to read the bookclub selections - but they won't be part of my "reading plan" :^) Yes, I AM a dork! :^D