I’m quite possibly the most random book shopper ever. Not only am I interested in just about everything that has ever existed, but I also have a large list of books I need to get which I maintain in my head. This list will randomly spew out knowledge to my “action node” and force me to get said book. With that in mind, I always relish a trip to Powell’s World of Books–which I try to go to once a year during the summer.
The following is a list of what I got, and a short explainiation on why I choose it. Keep in mind I might not have known then why I was buying it, so the chances of me thinking of a reason now are slim to none. :)
Listed from largest book (in length by height, not by thickness) to smallest.
1. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. This has been in my reading list since it first came out, and I finally remembered to get it when I chance encoutered it while looking for Black’s Law Dictionary.
2. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson. You see Che shirts, belt buckles and posters everywhere. But I basically know something about him. This was on a recommended book section, so I grabbed it.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Colfer Donkin, Rigano and Lamanna. Another that has been on my list since it first came out. I love all things about Artemis Fowl. He’s everything Harry Potter isn’t–and I love the series for it. The newest one I purchased last week, but I’m still reading The Power Broker. So when that’s done, I’ll start on the newest Artemis Fowl novel before beginning this book.
4. American Beyond Our Grandest Notions by Chris Matthews. It’s Chris Matthews. The only one I cound find there. He’s always fun to read.
5. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Dawkins is a douche, and I love it. This is a glorious troll resource book. Not to mention I probably agree with everything he says, and I like reading books that I agree with.
6. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. I make it a point to always get a Sedaris book when I go to Powell’s. I didn’t have this one yet, so I got it!
7 Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster. Remember those old Goosebumps books that you were able to choose what to do next? Think of this book like that. Except with the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. Sound amazing or what.
As mentioned before, I’m reading The Power Broker, and even though I’m only 400 or so pages into it… I can highly recommend it to anyone looking at politics, success, power, or urban planning. Check it out.