What did YOU buy today? January 2021

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What did YOU buy today? January 2021

tammikuu 1, 2021, 8:39 am

Nothing yet... Curious as to what this year's first purchases of you guys will be!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 7, 2021, 7:36 am

I went a bit crazy, cleaning out my holds so I can -- I hope -- be more frugal this year. On the plus side, the books I paid for were all from 40-75% off list price. Two of them cost less than $2, one less than $4.

I bought:
* Lawless and the Flowers of Sin by William Sutton (historical mystery)
* The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
* Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth by Brian Stelter
* The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom by H.W. Brands
* The Daring Duke by Jess Michaels (historical romance)

And one ARC:
* Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher (pub 1/21; contemporary fantasy -- woman meets her past self)

My probable next purchase: Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again by Dan Pfeiffer. (Yay, Georgia!!!!)

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 7, 2021, 6:21 pm

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2021, 8:15 pm

And, a week later, my unofficial resolution to be frugal has already been busted. But, you know, events.

The books I bought:
* Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again by Dan Pfeiffer
* How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley
* How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

The ARC I picked up today: The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (pub 2/21, historical fiction).

The book I put on hold today after watching some of Frontline on PBS last night about conspiracy theories: A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy by Nancy Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead.

Books I have on order:
* The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
* The American Commonwealth by James Bryce

tammikuu 14, 2021, 3:14 pm

>ReneeMarie: And, a week later, my unofficial resolution to be frugal has already been busted. But, you know, events.

I'm really interested in Un-Trumping America. Could you tell me what you think about it after reading it?

I have finally made my first book order at my local bookstore for this year:
Home before dark by Riley Sager (ebook bargain)
The other three are physical books:
I'm thinking of ending things by Iain Reid
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
Handbook for authors by Sylvia Englert

tammikuu 15, 2021, 10:51 am

>6 Yuki-Onna: Not sure when it will get to the top of the TBR mountain, but will try. I'm also interested in finding books about how Germany tried to come back post-Nazi party. I've said before that I think evil is regrouping, not just here in the US, but around the world: Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Uganda, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, etc., etc., etc. The image of information coming at you like water from a firehose is apt.

tammikuu 16, 2021, 9:32 am

I went to a FOTL sale and got 740 Park for $2. Pondered The Bastard of Istanbul but put it back. When I went back for it it was gone.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 17, 2021, 10:07 pm

Bought 3 titles, one of which I mentioned in message 5:

* A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy by Russell Muirhead & Nancy L. Rosenblum
* Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump by Peter Strzok
* How To Read the Constitution and Why by Kim Wehle

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 21, 2021, 12:20 pm

I’ve found a little discount store that deals in catalog returns for cheap. They have some remainders that are sometimes damaged but mostly perfect hardbacks. When they don’t sell they put them in a bin for free. Today I got:
Spain in our Hearts
The Baklava Club
Written in History
Wilkie Collins a biography
The Glamour of Strangeness

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 24, 2021, 7:23 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 26, 2021, 7:27 pm

Found at a thrift store The Diary of Frida Kahlo. Found at a library sale The Mapping of Love and Death. Snagged remaindered at B&N Lunch in Paris

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 23, 2021, 6:13 am

One of these days I'm going to surprise y'all by spending little or no money. Today, however, is not that day....

Bought these, mentioned in message 5:
* The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
* The American Commonwealth by James Bryce (late 19th century look at US by an ambassador to it, includes a lot of founding docs as appendices)

p.s. -- Saw "Trump's American Carnage" on Frontline on PBS last night -- worth watching. Senate should be required to watch it before the impeachment vote. Not expecting justice to come out of it: Hamilton warned in Federalist Papers of likelihood that party would prevail over questions of guilt or innocence. And, honestly, some of the GOP could be found guilty of what Trump did and is accused of. Jurors who drive drunk, for example, aren't often willing to find drunk drivers guilty.
p.p.s. -- One party in Wisconsin state government is -- again -- trying to overturn the mask mandate in the middle of a pandemic. They're choosing politics over the economy and public health. Dem & GOP voters are pretty even, but the GOP redrew maps to make Dem votes not count, and John Roberts's Supreme Court has said they don't care about that kind of disenfranchisement. See: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gop-gerrymandering-slows-wisconsin-s-covid-... and: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/2020-election-again-shows-l...

Also bought these January-inspired books:
* Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg
* _Your Pocket Meditation Guide: Reduce Stress and Anxiety; Change Your Life_ by Christina Feldman

And bought fiction:
* Ten Things I Hate about the Duke by Loretta Chase (historical romance; don't like these pop culture reference titles, but I do like Chase, so I'm ignoring it)

And I brought home 3 awesome sounding ARCs:
* The Note through the Wire: The Incredible True Story of a Prisoner of War and a Resistance Heroine by Doug Gold (pub 3/21; Gold is the son-in-law of the pair)
* The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (pub 3/21; historical fiction set just post-WWII; enjoyed The Alice Network and I have The Huntress on the pile)
* Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig (pub 3/21; historical fiction set in WWI)

tammikuu 27, 2021, 10:36 am

>12 kwgwynn: I have that Delbanco book on my want list, too. I say list, but what I really mean is 5-subject notebook (two sections for fiction, two for nonfiction, and one for magazine articles, theses, dissertations, etc.).

tammikuu 28, 2021, 7:55 pm

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 30, 2021, 5:40 pm

Apparently I have a problem. Between the free place and Dollar Tree I spent $2 and got Arab Jazz, No one Can Pronounce my Name, Born to be Posthumous, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind and The Writer Abroad: Austria to Uzbekistan . All of them were hardbacks.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2021, 7:11 pm

>17 varielle: Apparently I have a problem.

Well, there are several of us, then. I spent more money. The first was for my historical fiction book group. There are no excuses for the rest.

I bought:
* Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
* The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham (historical romance; I missed getting the ARC when my bookstore shut down last year; book is on top romances of 2020 list)
* Growing Up in the 1850s: The Journal of Agnes Lee (autobiography/memoir)
* The Bravest Voices: A Memoir of Two Sisters' Heroism During the Nazi Era by Ida Cook (aka Safe Passage)

I put a book on hold until I could check out reviews: The Good Ancestor by Roman Krznaric.

And I ordered a copy of Deadly Hours by Harris/Huber/Kearsley/Trent. I found it when I was checking for a new Susanna Kearsley. And I preordered the next C.S. Harris book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, What the Devil Knows.

I've got to get my book spending on a budget.