Today my husband and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary. To kick off our anniversary weekend, yesterday morning we went to our first library sale in our new city. At $2 a bag, how could we resist? Between the two of us we ended up stuffing 17 books (mostly hardcovers) into an undersized brown paper grocery bag. Must’ve been all the packing practice I’ve had lately! Here are the new volumes I’ve welcomed into my home:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
Transparent Things by Vladimir Nabokov
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Run by Ann Patchett
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
It’s appropriate that we started our first anniversary weekend with books, as they’ve been a theme throughout our relationship. We have completely opposite tastes in reading; for the most part, anything I read, my husband doesn’t, and vice versa. Still, even if we don’t share literary tastes, books have always brought us together.
During one of our first conversations, my husband recommended Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage to me, which I promptly purchased and read. We didn’t live in the same city until a year and a half into our relationship, so every time I visited him, we made a trip to Half Price Books and combed the clearance section for bargains. On one of his trips to Boston to see me, I organized a Boston Used Book Tour, during which we made our way to seven different used book shops around the city. When we finally moved to the same city, we began haunting library sales (booksalefinder.com is our favorite site!). We’ve been known to double back if we drive past an unknown independent bookstore while driving; when we visit his family in India, I always have to see what treasures I can find there. (Last time it was a new copy of Nick Hornby’s The Polysyllabic Spree for about $2!) We even spent time on our honeymoon in Maine browsing second-hand books at antique shops. I love that we share our bibliophilic tendencies.
As for reading, I’m wrapping up my Banned Books Week picks (a tad late!). I finished The Great Gatsby and Speak, am nearly finished with The Rights of the Reader, and have passed the halfway point in The Catcher in the Rye. I’m participating in my first read-along this month (Dueling Monsters, Round II!), for which Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray awaits me. I also got two books out of the library I can’t wait to read. It looks like October is shaping up to be a wonderful month!