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Library Book Sale Buying Binge


This post is in celebration of most recent library book sale haul. I love going to library book sales–they’re a great way to find an excellent selection of books for extremely reduced prices. The six books I found above cost a total of $8, and all were new or like-new quality. Even better (or at least almost as good) as the books that you bring home from library book sales is the experience of searching, sorting through boxes of books donated by library members to find the hidden gems. I love finding books I recognize, even if I don’t end up buying them–and I love finding books I’ve never heard of to take home as well. This time I found:

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Goff — about a young woman returning to her hometown in Upstate New York and uncovering its secrets, some of which are supernatural. I’d heard of this one but didn’t remember it in detail, and love the intriguing premise.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler — Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was one of my favorite reads of 2015 so far, and I’m interested what she does with the concept of a book club reading Jane Austen.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn — I read Gone Girl last year and found it addicting, intricate, and surprising. I initially had checked it out from the library, but when i saw it I couldn’t resist getting a copy for my shelf for re-reading purposes.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri — I’ve read a lot of Lahiri’s short stories and I believe that she is one of the best writers out there today. Her stories are always entrancing, so I’m interested to read her full-length novel.

Possession by A.S. Byatt — I’ve heard this is a challenging read for lovers of literature. I’d like to be up to the challenge!

Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov — Less well known than Lolita, this work is supposedly more surrealist than realistic.

Beaches and Books: an Introduction


Welcome to Beaches and Books, a nontraditional beach reading blog for nontraditional readers. I don’t do all of my reading on the beach–although I wish that were possible–but when I read I try to capture the transitory perfection that comes with immersing yourself in a transcendent read while the sun warms you and the waves crash. I believe that reading can be simultaneously relaxing and invigorating, and with this blog I want to share my passion for reading and talking about books with other readers.

What do I like to read? First of all, I read books that are unique. I like books that take nontraditional approaches with both style and genre, and that can continuously surprise me. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, in all its iterations: speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream, New Weird. I like elements of the futuristic and the fantastic in what I read, and I especially like books that bend and shatter genre conventions. That being said, I also read realistic fiction, nonfiction, and historical fiction, and I’m always trying to challenge myself with new genres.

I read because I love it, and I want to start writing about books more because I love talking about reading. I love recommending books and getting recommendations from others. I hope that you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I love writing it.