September is my favorite month, so it goes without saying it inspired me to buy books multitudinously (it’s a word….according to Monsieur Alexandre Dumas).
I bought 13 books this month, which I thought was the most so far, but looking back, it seems like I had also bought as many books back in February. Oh well.
Here be the booty:
- Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-eight Night – Salman Rushdie
- Satin Island – Tom McCarthy – In the Booker Man shortlist for the 2015 prize.
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (Enriched Classic) – I bought this edition because it was cheaper, and seeing that it was over 600+ pages, I didn’t think it was abridged or incomplete; neither did it indicate anywhere in the novel that it was. Unfortunately, I discovered after reading about 300 pages that it was indeed abridged, so I looked for a complete and unabridged edition, see #4.
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – Turns out the unabridged version is over 1,000 pages long (this beautiful leather-covered edition is 1,054 pages long). Currently reading, and might I add, almost finished, after almost one month. Part of the reason why it took me so long to finish it was because after getting the unabridged version, I went back and re-read it from the start.
- The Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah – An Agatha Christie novel not written by Agatha Christie.
- The Tokyo Zodiac Murders – Soji Shimada
- A Wild Sheep Case – Haruki Murakami – 3rd part of the Rat Trilogy (Wind / Pinball are #1 and #2).
- Les Liaisaons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
- 10:04 – Ben Lerner
- The Moor’s Account – Laila Lalami – Part of the Booker Man Longlist; however was not included in the shortlist, for 2015.
- The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
- Baltasar and Blimunda – Jose Saramago
- The Changeling – Kenzaburo Oe
Lots of newly published novels, and some which were a bit difficult to find, made available during the annual Manila International Book Fair (another reason why I love September).
I want to read all of these right away, but, I did not anticipate how compelling and interesting The Count of Monte Cristo would be. I thought I knew the story of this Classic novel because of the countless adaptations, but, the plot of the novel covers so much more.
How’s everyone’s book buying and reading coming along?