I mentioned that I’ve been buying books for my friends recently. I’m not that selfless, really, for I also bought books for myself. The past week was a great one for book hoards, and here are what I got from the various sale bins that I visited:
June 11 – Book Sale – Cityland
- The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Php 115.00) – My breath was literally taken away when I saw this. I already have her other collection of stories, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, but this is book here is the complete collection. It’s also a National Book Award winner. I know, I am not a big fan of that award, but I am a fan of O’Connor’s short fiction.
June 15 – Book Sale – Market! Market!
- Darkness Visible by William Golding (Php 145.00) – A nice copy! And it’s been years since I read Lord of the Flies, which I really like. But really, the next Golding that I wish to read is his Booker-winning Rites of Passage, so I had second thoughts about buying this. But upon reading the blurb, I was immediately convinced.
June 16 – Book Sale – Walter Mart Munoz
- Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (Php 115.00) – It’s the first time that I ever saw a copy of this book anywhere. I bought it for I am very sure that it’s in one of those 100 lists. And when I checked my book spreadsheet (yes, I have one), I ticked off one cell from a column that I named “2012 Must Haves.” The funny thing is that I listed it there without even knowing what’s it about.
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Php 50.00) – After finishing that literary criticism book which discussed this novel for pages, I was convinced to buy it. I always see this at sale bins, and I always put off my purchase of it just because it’s everywhere. But when I saw one shelf with three copies of it, I decided to go and get one. Who knows, the copies of this book might just disappear all at once.
- Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham (Php 20.00) – I have long considered collecting Cunningham’s novels since I started collecting Hollinghurst’s. This is mostly because they are both contemporary gay writers. What finally pushed me to become a Cunningham completist is the price tag of this book. It’s nearly a freebie, and the condition is not too shabby. Besides, I love The Hours, so maybe I will like his other novels. And oh, I always see this Cunningham novels at sale bins, so it would be easy to complete him in no time.