Inspired by yuriko
's post, here's a list of the books that I recently acquired thanks to the generous donation of a friend who was moving apartments and invited people to come take her books. I chose a really random assortment, and I've listed it in increasing order of cover size, since that's the way they're stacked (top to bottom) until I have a chance to file them away.
1. Robert Frost's Poems, new enlarged pocket anthology
- just because I thought I should have it
2. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
- which yuriko
also got, from somewhere completely different, oddly enough.
3. Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
- a classic
4. The Unconscious Civilization (John Ralston Saul)
- a politico-philosophical work arising from his 1995 Massey Lectures; it also won the 1996 non-fiction GG award.
5. the curious incident of the dog in the night-time (Mark Haddon)
- been wanting to read this for years
6. God and the New Physics (Paul Davies)
- which will be an interesting experiment, since it's supposed to be cosmology for laypeople, explaining the big questions of the universe based on "new discoveries"... and it was published in 1983
7. The Professor and the Madman (Simon Winchester)
- about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, and its chief contributor, an inmate of an insane asylum
8. The Innkeeper's Song, and 9. Giant Bones (Peter S. Beagle)
- again, been wanting to read these since I first discovered Beagle's writing
10. Adverbs, a novel (Daniel Handler)
- the back cover says "This Novel is about Love". I was sold immediately.
11. Pictor's Metamorphosis (Herman Hesse)
- a collection of Hesse's short fiction
12. ages in chaos (Stephen Baxter)
- subtitled "James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time"
13. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
- I don't think I really understood this when we read it in class in Grade 8 ;)
Of course, the big question remains: when the eff am I going to read all of these?? D: