Holiday Book Haul

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Lee-Ann and I just returned from a week and a half in Seattle and Portland. We started in Seattle, which is just a couple of hours on a ferry for us, and spent the weekend attending Pax West, a huge video game conference. We met up with some friends we haven’t seen in ages, and it was a great weekend.

Afterwards we took the train to Portland. We wanted to see the city, but I’d be lying if I said Powell’s Books wasn’t a big draw. We had a fantastic week, full of good food and city wandering, and we bought an awful lot of books.

I’ll go more into the trip in the month’s wrap-up, but for now the books:

Seattle haul! Comics from the @onipress booth at #paxwest2016.

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  • The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
  • I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
  • Kaijumax, Season 1 by Zander Cannon
  • The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1: Cold Dead Fingers by Cullen Bunn

This first picture is what I bought in Seattle. The guy working the Oni Press booth at Pax was great and walked us through what they had to offer. I loved the premise of I Was the Cat, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Sixth Gun, so those were easy choices. I asked him what comic he’d buy if he could only read one, and he recommended Kaijumax because it’s so unique and hilarious.

I have never read a Nick Cave novel, and I haven’t really heard much about them, but I like the lyrics in his music, so that’s a start. I picked up The Death of Bunny Munro at Left Bank Books Collective, which is a book store near Pike Place Market with a really cool and unusual selection.

  • Something to Remember You By by Gene Wilder
  • Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • French Milk by Lucy Knisley
  • Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays by George Orwell
  • On Writing by Charles Bukowski
  • Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins
  • Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton
  • Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
  • Exploration Fawcett: Journey to the Lost City of Z by Percy Harrison Fawcett
  • Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

All of this, I bought at Powell’s Books in Portland. What a great store! It’s the size of a city block, with multiple floors and different rooms for different genres, new and used books interspersed, and there’s even a cafe where you can thumb through your unpurchased items before heading to the cashier. We decided, instead of doing one huge afternoon there, we would drop in for a short visit daily, as it’s open until 11:00pm and easy to fit in. This made for a fun week of book shopping, but it was a bit hard on the wallet and luggage.

My excuse is that I had a gift certificate. Not for the amount you see above, but you know, it contributed.

Spent the grey part of the afternoon book shopping.

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The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland!

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Book Haul

  1. Ruthiella

    Nice haul! I have only read a few of your picks. Of those, my favorite is probably Ex-Libris by Anne Fadiman. I love books about books and since this is a series of essays, it is very accessible, I found.

    Have you read all the Robin Hobb series? This gets a lot of love on BookTube. I have only read Assassin’s Apprentice, which I really enjoyed. I just haven’t managed to fit in the second book in the first trilogy yet, but I will someday. I have heard, in particular, that the Lightship Trader’s trilogy is fantastic and I am eager to get to those.

    1. Rob Post author

      Very excited to read Ex Libris. I’m currently reading The Vegetarian, but I think that one is next.

      I’ve read Hobb’s original Farseer trilogy as well as The Tawny Man Trilogy, but I accidentally skipped Liveship Traders. I read these all over a decade ago, and at the time it wasn’t obvious that Liveship was chronologically between the two I had. I’ve heard fantastic things about it, though, so I do plan to read it after this current trilogy.

      I skipped Rain Wild Chronicles for now. From what I understand it’s quite unrelated to the assassin books, despite being in the same universe, and I was just too excited to get back to these characters.

      I also read the first couple books from the Soldier Son Trilogy a while back, but I found them such a grind that I decided to forgo the third. Her writing was still great, and they started off strong, but I just grew to dislike the story and the characters.

      Overall she’s a brilliant writer, though.


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