Taking a cue from Laura at Reading in Bed, I’ve listed the last 30 books I’ve read and have included how I got them.
Putting this list together reminded me about a post I wrote a while back titled How did your bookshelves get so full? In that post, I selected a few books from my shelves that I thought had some interesting stories tied to how I acquired them. This, however, is a straight-up list of the last 30 books I’ve read.
All of the books I review on this blog are books I’ve acquired personally; I don’t receive copies from publishers in exchange for reviews. If you’ve noticed that my reviews seem unusually positive (except for one that I wrote early on), it’s because I’ve decided to only write about books I really enjoyed–the ones I want to rave about to other readers. That being said, there are books on this list that I have not reviewed but have still enjoyed immensely. What can I say? I guess sometimes I’d just rather be reading than reviewing.
The last 30 books I’ve read
- Smile by Roddy Doyle — borrowed from library
- Brother by David Chariandy –borrowed from library
- Marlena by Julie Buntin — borrowed from library
- The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker — purchased from publisher (ECW Press) at Word on the Street Toronto
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng — purchased from Book City (Bloor West Village location)
- Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton –borrowed from library
- The Burning Girl by Claire Messud — borrowed from library
- Things that Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini — purchased from Queen Books
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto — purchased at used book sale in Toronto Reference Library
- All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai –borrowed from library
- Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese — purchased from Queen Books
- Strange Light Afar by Rui Umezawa –borrowed from library
- Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa — purchased from Book City (Danforth location)
- Be Ready for the Lightning by Grace O’Connell — purchased from Book City (Danforth location)
- Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin — purchased from Queen Books
- Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash — borrowed from library
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — borrowed from library
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami — purchased (secondhand) from Eliot’s Book Shop
- Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez — borrowed from library
- For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known by Danila Botha — purchased from Ben McNally Books at the Trillium Book Award readings at Toronto Reference Library
- Pedal by Chelsea Rooney — borrowed from library
- The Nix by Nathan Hill — purchased from Ben McNally Books
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid — borrowed from library
- Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller — purchased from Ben McNally Books
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami — given a secondhand copy from an acquaintance who was getting rid of some books
- Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison — purchased from Ben McNally Books
- It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany — borrowed from library
- So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum — purchased from Ben McNally Books
- Clothes, Clothes, Clothes; Music, Music, Music; Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine — borrowed from library
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid — borrowed from my mom
Looks like I’m pretty evenly split between the books I purchase and the books I borrow. It feels like I buy more secondhand books than is reflected in this list, and also that I buy more books at events than is shown here. I do admit to having several books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read yet (don’t we all?), so that might be why. But I can’t say that acknowledging this is going to put a pause on my trips to the bookstore or library.
2 thoughts on “Where the books I read come from”
Your library game is strong! How was Pedal? I’ve heard it’s disturbing…
It is disturbing–definitely uncomfortable subject matter. I read it for a book club and probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. But I’m glad I did. I didn’t love it, but it made for some really interesting discussion.