May Book Haul: The Finale, Part 2

The second half of the May Book Haul, continued from Part 1.

7. The Trial by Franz Kafka

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May Book Haul: The Finale, Part 1

I’m going to put all these books away now. Since I brought them home in May they’ve been in a stack on the living room floor, but other books have come into my life since then (surprise), so it’s time to wrap up this used book haul, the biggest of the year.

I’ve already mentioned Robinson CrusoeThe Remains of the Day, and The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Here are the rest of my finds:

1. Survival by Margaret Atwood

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Book Haul: The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain

Cover of The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain

I try to be picky about coffee table books, since I have more of them now than I could ever possibly display on my coffee table. But this one made it through.

I’ve been wanting a digestible history of Britain for a while (mainly since stumbling my way through the Wars of the Roses via Shakespeare). Nothing signals digestible more than the word “Illustrated,” right? By the time I get to 1066 and All That I’ll be a veritable expert in the field.

Unexpectedly one of my favourite finds of the year so far.

Book Haul: The Remains of the Day

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

I was thrilled to find Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day at one of the charity book sales a couple weeks ago. I recently read one of his books for the first time (you’ll find out which one when I post a review sometime in the next 50 years) and it was great. But this is the famous one.

Again, a great example of how book sales can be a source of fun older editions, for a fraction of the cost of a new one. I’m always on the lookout for old Penguins.

Also, my browser has been changing “Kazuo” to “Kazoo” which I think is also a good name for a writer. Pynchon would approve.