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Respite on Book Buying Embargo or Just Call it Booktopia 2017

I think I may have mentioned in a previous post that I am on a self-imposed book buying embargo. I was doing really well until Booktopia 2017 came into my life. So I had to take a brief respite from my embargo. I mean you can’t go to a book event at a fabulous independent bookstore without buying some books. It also doesn’t help when they give you a nice portion of your registration fee back as a gift certificate to said store. And of course I had to be prepared for the author talks so had to get those books before going…plus this was the perfect opportunity to have them signed and personalized.

In any case the weekend was a 48 hour whirlwind of amazing author talks, meeting like-minded attendees, making awesome new friends, having stimulating and intellectual conversations, completely expanding my TBR list, and of course shopping for books. I am completely reenergized and ready to get back on track with my Goodreads Challenge.

Here’s a list of what I added to my library including the books from some of the Booktopia authors. I did a review of the ones I read here.

Booktopia Authors
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney – read and attended author talk
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shutter – read and attended author talk
Lucy and Edgar by Victor Ladato – reading next especially after attending author talk
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe – read and attended author talk
Celine by Peter Heller – currently reading and attended author talk
The Leavers by Lisa Ko – to be read

Other Books I Bought
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman – recommended by my sister

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – the cover called to me and it got high praise from a few people at Booktopia, plus it doesn’t hurt that it is by a black author

We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – it’s on my TBR list

Lion by Saroo Brierley – wanted to read the book before I watched the movie

The Painter by Peter Heller – highly recommended as another of his books to read

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin, Raoul Peck – no explanation needed and it was also recommended by an English Professor I met at the event

The Hazards of Good Breeding by Jessica Shattuck – highly recommended as another of her books to read

Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis – my book from the Yankee swap, plus it’s Angela Davis(duh)

The Language of Solitude: A Novel by Jan-Philipp Sendker
There is an interesting story behind this purchase. In Will Schwalbe’s session, he talked about the three things that can help you find the books that change your life. One was listening to the universe and in particular if you are in a bookstore and knock a book off a shelf that you have to buy it. Before hearing him speak I was in the bookstore and guess what, my bag knocked a book off the shelf. I just picked it up without looking and put it back. So of course after hearing this bit of information I felt compelled to go back and find this book. I have been told that his other book was really good so fingers crossed.

Of course, now that the weekend is over, my embargo is back in place…that is until the next fabulous book event pops into my life. What have you added to your bookshelves lately!

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