Books I bought in January – some brand new, some second-hand:
1. The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach) – I have an idea that this is a book about sports, baseball in particular, so I never really paid much attention to it. However, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so there must be more to it than just being a book about a baseball player. I think I will give it a shot to see what’s so great about it.
2. Red Sorghum (Mo Yan) – Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. This is what I’m currently reading, and my first Mo Yan novel.
3. The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities (Nicholas Bakalar) – Saw this at a used books store and it looked interesting.
4. The Mystery Guest (Nicholas Bouillier) – This was my luckiest find in January. I’ve been looking for this book forever, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally found it at my favorite used books bookstore.
5. The Guernesey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ) – I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m a bit curious about it.
6. In Ghostly Japan (Lafcadio Hearn) – This is one of the books with the paper cover (in the photo). I bought this book in Junkudo, a huge bookstore in Osaka, Japan, as a sort of souvenir. The cool thing about Junkudo is, at the check-out counter, the cashier will ask you if you want your book(s) covered, and then he/she will proceed to cover it for you, neatly and efficiently.
7. Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edogawa Rampo) – The other covered book on that pile (in the photo). Also from Junkudo, Osaka, Japan.
8. The Garlic Ballads (Mo Yan) – I don’t know which of Mo Yan’s novels is the most famous or the most lauded, so if I end up liking Red Sorghum, I might try reading all his novels, or at least, the ones available to me.