Book Lust & Black Friday

I wish bookstores had Black Friday sales so I could get a bestselling $27.95 hardcover for like seven bucks. That would be a merry Christmas! I guess I’ll just have to wait for Read Tuesday though. My family knows me very well by now so they know I usually ask for specific books and if they can’t find those, or if they’ve already been bought, a B&N gift card is always appreciated. On my wish list this year are several of those aforementioned expensive hardcovers released recently:

1. Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield

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I loved Setterfield’s first novel, The Thirteenth Tale, and was so excited by the prospect of another unique, many-layered novel like that. I read The Thirteenth Tale when I was very young, fourteen I think, and it was a book that made me stop reading YA for a time and focus on adult literature, and so I credit it with introducing me to new books and new authors. I’ve heard Bellman & Black has gotten less-than-stellar reviews but I’m still eager to experience it myself.

2. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favorite authors, even though her novel The Namesake was my least favorite of her books. I liked her short story collections much better, especially The Interpreter of Maladies. Anyway, I got sticker shock when I saw the price on that one and kept putting off a trip to the library so I could read the thing already, and then I decided to ask for it for Christmas. I’m super excited for it, even though all my other Lahiri books are paperback! But I do like mismatched shelves, and I like hardcovers even more.

3. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

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I found such a gorgeous hardcover edition of this classic at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago and had to forcibly stop my hand from picking it up and buying it immediately. I want this edition specifically because it’s pretty because I’m sure I could get a cheap paperback of this for close to nothing. Unfortunately, I like pretty books.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Box Set Trilogy, Stieg Larsson

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This one is a guilty pleasure. I loved the books but I don’t own them, having borrowed them from my sister a couple years ago. She’s got the cloth-covered box set that I covet, and since they’re so expensive, I feel like they’d make a great gift from my long-suffering family! Barring that, I’ll get myself a used set. Pre-loved, I always say.

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

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