What I’ve spent on Books in 2015


Starting last year I began keeping track of all the books I’ve bought. Every year I think I’ve curbed my book buying, but each year I realize I’ve bought around the same amount.

It’s an addiction that I’ve learned to live with. I avoid book browsing for months at a time but once I walk into a bookshop, I take a deep breath and smell the fresh books. It’s both welcoming and comforting.

I used to enter a bookstore and pick up books the moment I saw them. Now I think, for every book I decide to read, that’s how many thousands that I won’t be reading? Plus, I’m a huge fan of reading and rereading books I love.

Here are the books I’ve purchased so far, in 2015. I’ve spent $543.03, which is roughly $45 a month. As opposed to last year, when I spent $657.78, which is roughly $55 a month. So I cut my spending down but still, it is a lot, especially because I own so many books that I have yet to read. But I will, I know I will. I have to. That’s every reader’s vow, I will read it one day.

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1. Until I Find You—John Irving $1.99 (for A Library of Particular Significance)
2. Cooking with Fernet—James Hamilton Peterson $1.99
3. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins—Irvine Welsh $18.10
4. We Should All Be Feminists—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie $7.95//$8.69
5. The Good Rat—Jimmy Breslin $1.99 (for my dad)
6. Earth Awakens—Orson Scott Card $7.99//$8.69
7. Pale Fire—Vladimir Nabokov $15.95//$17.35 (for Colin’s graduation)
8. Bad Feminist—Roxane Gay $15.99//$17.39
9. Carsick—John Waters $15//$16.31
10. Ready Player One—Ernest Cline $14//$15.23
11. Armada—Ernest Cline $26//$28.34
12. James and the Giant Peach— $7.99//$8.69 (for Penny’s birthday)
13. National Geographic Kids book about space//$7.60 (for Penny’s birthday)
14. Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen—Mary Norris $18.25
15. Play the Piano Drunk like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit—Charles Bukowski $5
16. Beauty’s Kingdom—Anne Rice $18.98
17. Stories You Can’t Unread—Chuck Palahniuk $18.36
18. The Bloody Chamber—Angela Carter $11.40
19. Sons of Anarchy: Official Collector’s Edition $15.69 (for Heather’s birthday)
20. Fight Club 2 comics—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
21. Fight Club 2 comics—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
22. Fight Club 2 comics—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
23. Fight Club 2 comics—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
Book haul from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, $24
24. Eats, Shoots and Leaves—Lynne Truss
25. The Elegance of the Hedgehog—Muriel Barbery
26. In One Person—John Irving
27. The Sense of an Ending—Julian Barnes
28. The Betrayers—David Bezmozgis
29. A Man in Full—Tom Wolfe
30. Lolita—Vladimir Nabokov
31. In Praise of the Stepmother—Mario Vargas Llosa
32. Solea—Jean-Claude Izzo
33. Gentleman and Players—Joanne Harris
34. A Very Long Engagement—Sebastian Japrisot
35. Sacred Games—Vikram Chandra
36. Our Lady of the Flowers—Jean Genet $8
37. Parasite—Mira Grant $8.70
38. Push—Saphhire $1.99
39. A Man in Full—Tom Wolfe $4.99 (for my Aunt Eva)
40. Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine—Raja Shehadeh $2.99
41. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazzo Vittorio—Amara Lakhous $1.99
42. Mary Poppins—P.L. Travers $2
43. Friday Night Lights—H. G. Bissinger $2
44. Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession—Craig Childs $16
45. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—Salman Rushdie $28
46. The Troll Garden—Willa Cather
47. The House of the Seven Gables—Nathaniel Hawthorne
48. The Pigeon—Patrick Suskind
49. Spider-Town—Abraham Rodriquez, Jr.
50. Audrey Hepburn’s Neck—Alan Brown (for Nicole)
51. A Gathering of Old Men—Ernest J. Gaines
52. The Intuitionist—Colson Whitehead
53. Gift Card for Eden Alexander’s gift basket for Ms. SF Leather Fundraiser $20
54. Jessie de la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker—Gary Soto $1.99
55. Men Explain Things to Me—Rebecca Solnit $12.95
56. We Dig Worms—Kevin McCloskey* $12.95
57. Last Narco—(for my dad) $7.98
58. Black Mass—(for my dad) $15.99
59. The Wilderness of Ruin—Roseanne Montill (for my dad) $17
60. Ghost in the Wires—Kevin Mitnick with William Simon (for my dad) $15.99
61. 90% of Everything—Rose George (for my dad) $17.40
62. Ecstasy—Irvine Welsh (for Devin) $5.98
63. Fight Club 2 on Vinyl—read by Chuck Palahniuk $30
64. Fight Club 2, issue #1—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
65. Fight Club 2, issue #1—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
66. Fight Club 2, issue #2—Chuck Palahniuk $3.59
67. Fight Club 2, issue #2—Chuck Palahniuk $3.99
68. Fight Club 2, issue #5—Chuck Palahniuk $3.99
69. Fight Club 2, issue #6—Chuck Palahniuk $3.99

24.-35 Book haul at Friends of the SF Public Library $24
38.-44 Books from New Mexico trip
46.-52 Book haul at Friends of the SF Public Library $7

*Casa Book donation

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