Over the weekend I had the chance to go to the library booksale at one of my beloved childhood libraries. A place where the librarian knew my name (and still does!) because I came to the library every Wednesday and checked out seven books. It was always exactly seven books because my parents sensibly had a rule that I wasn’t allowed to read more than one book per day.
It’s a small library, so the booksale wasn’t huge either, but I quickly found myself an exciting stack of books nonetheless.
- Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago- This is the one book on the stack that is directly for the book-from-every-country project. I’d been planning to read a different book by Jose Saramago for Portugal. But this one sounded quite intriguing: what happens when Death takes a day off and no one dies for a day? Plus it’s good to leave room for a little serendipity
- The Light between the Oceans by M.L. Steadman- This one is never available at my library, so I figured I might as well buy a copy. I don’t know much about it, other than that takes place at a lighthouse. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of living in a lighthouse.
- War Dances by Sherman Alexie- I’ve already read this one. It’s great and I wanted to own it!
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett- I enjoyed Ann Patchett’s book State of Wonder, and I’ve been wanting to read this one. It’s available for checkout at my library so there was no particular reason to buy it. But I decided to anyway.
- The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng- The beautifully written The Garden of Evening Mists was my book for Malaysia. I’ve gotten the sense from other readers that The Gift of Rain, while good, is not quite as remarkable as The Garden of Evening Mists. So I’m prepared to be disappointed, yet my expectations are still high.
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht- This was my book for Serbia. I bought a copy to give to my mom, which is why it isn’t in the picture.