I’m alive! Barely. The past 3 weeks have been a bit insane in my universe. My condo has been on the market since the end of October, and I finally got an offer 2 weeks ago. With a closing date less than 30 days out. And my week-long Christmas vacation between now and then. So, I have been scrambling to get my new residence lined up, pack up my condo, and schedule movers. All while keeping my pet-sitting commitments and trying to squeeze in some reading. I am exhausted.

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As I am moving in the very immediate future, under no circumstances do I need to be, or should I be, acquiring more books. However, the Carpe Librum pop up used bookstore in Woodley Park supports DC Public Schools, and I am always here to support a good cause. As I was in the neighborhood visiting a kitty client over the weekend, I popped in to see what they had in stock. I got so lucky!

The Outpost | Jake Tapper

I love Jake, and have enjoyed the books of his that I’ve read. After seeing several tweets/retweets by him referencing the filming of the movie based on this book, I made a point to add The Outpost to my TBR list. I intend to read it before the movie comes out.

Ghost Wars | Steve Coll

Ghost Wars is on every foreign service/international relations/national security/terrorism “syllabus” I’ve seen. I snatched it up since there never seems to be a copy available at the Friends of the Library Bookstore whenever I pop in. 

The Great Influenza | John Barry

I have a friend in the world health field who read The Great Influenza recently, and had good things to say about it. Then, I saw a copy on the bookshelf of a pet-sitting client. When I saw a copy on the shelf, I figured it was the universe telling me to read this book stat!

The Divine Comedy | Dante

As part of my Italian classes in college, I had attempted to read The Divine Comedy in Italian. Notice I said attempted, not succeeded. Since then, I have tried to find a copy that included all three parts in one book, that was also in good shape. I found this shockingly difficult. Alas, my search has ended.

Villette | Charlotte Bronte

Don’t judge me, but it is entirely possible that I have a copy of this book packed away from preparing to move*. If so, oops! At least it benefits a good cause… Villette fits a several prompts for 2019 Reading Challenges, so I took the opportunity to acquire a copy in great condition. 

*I clearly need to take an inventory of my books to keep in my phone for when my shelf is out of sight.

As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner

Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying is a Catching Up On Classic’s January selection. As a baller on a budget, I tried to find an inexpensive eBook version, but couldn’t find a copy anywhere for under $10. A physical copy for $2 – purchased. 

queen victoria. we're going to need more wine. wuthering heights. golden state killer.

Victoria The Queen | Julia Baird

Harking back to Non-fiction November, I had noted that I really wanted to read Victoria the Queen, both because I love Queen Victoria, and because I have a grossly delinquent ARC to read/review. With the amount of work I still have for my move, and then ultimately all the post-move work (unpacking, goodwill runs, breaking down boxes, etc.), I figured this was a decent use of my December Audible credit. Reading while I work!

We’re Going to Need More Wine | Gabrielle Union

I’ve heard great things about We’re Gonna Need More Wine, and it was an Audible Deal of the Day at $2.95 recently. 

Wuthering Heights | Emily Bronte

Another steal at $2.99 (since I already own a Kindle copy), as I would listen to Juliet Stevenson read the phone book to me. I think this will fit a few reading challenge prompts as well. 

Evil Has a Name | Paul Holes & Jim Clemente

I loved I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and I think it will be super interesting to hear about the case from the perspective of the Detectives who investigated and solved it. I used an Audible credit I had sitting in my account from returning a book.

life of pi. i'd rather be reading. when breath becomes air. this is how it always is.

Life of Pi | Yann Martel

Another book that will fit numerous 2019 reading challenge prompts, Life of Pi was on sale for Kindle over the weekend, and I had some credits to spend. I have the audiobook as well, so I am thinking I may read along so I can highlight and then import my highlights into my Evernote reading notes notebook #doingitfortheblog.

I’d Rather Be Reading | Anne Bogel

I am a fan of Anne’s blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, so I was excited to snag the eBook of I’d Rather Be Reading when it was on sale. I am looking forward to curling up with this one over Christmas vacation.

When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi

I feel like I’ve been morbidly drawn to biographies/autobiographies of people who have died from major illnesses this year. When Breath Becomes Air seems to be on every Must Read list, so again, I snagged it when it was on sale. 

 This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is was the Hello Sunshine Book Club October pick, which I never got around to reading on time. Seeing it on sale, I decided to snag it and remove myself from the never-ending wait list at the library.

Whew! I hadn’t realized I had acquired so many books since Friday until I began writing this post. It might be time to start considering a book buying ban for 2019…

What books have you recently acquired?

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