I overindulged at a church book sale today, and followed it up with a little thrift store chaser. I brought home enough loot to build this little inbooksuk (non-Canadians see: inuksuk). The real gem of the lot is a ginormous coffee table book on the Mayan civilization. The thing weighs over three kilos. Lucky for me it was only $3 because it’s in Spanish (though it’s from a German publisher). I also got some brand new books on trees and a nicely bound edition of Poe which you can see at the bottom left. Great would be the fall if it were pulled out of my inbooksuk! Here’s what I got (from top to bottom):

Guide to Common Mushrooms of British Columbia by Bandoni & Szczawinski (not that I would dare to eat any without expert guidance but it would be nice to have some idea of what they are)

Hare Brain Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less by Guy Claxton (intriguing, no?)

Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady with artwork by Robert Bateman (because I love trees)

The Culture of Make Believe by Derrick Jensen (which I gather is an indictment of organized violence in modern Western civilization)

Peace: A Dream Unfolding edited by Penny Kome and Patrick Crean (an illustrated history of peace movements)

Los Maya: Una Civiliación Milenaria edited by Nikolai Grube, Eva Eggebrecht and Matthias Seidel (gorgeous)

The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont (because you never know when you might need to weave a tapestry)

The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaïdes (because I keep thinking I will take up drawing)

Picardía Mexicana edited by A. Jiménez (a book of funny stories and jokes, good Spanish practice)

David Suzuki: The Autobiography by David Suzuki (of course)

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin (did I mention I love trees?)

The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan (because I ain’t getting any younger)

Aztec by Gary Jennings (supposedly an epic “historical” potboiler on par with Shogun, with lots of human sacrifice)

The Fall of the House of Usher and other stories by Edgar Allen Poe (possible candidate for R.I.P. 2012)

Now I just need for the power to go out for a few weeks so I’ll have time to read them all without any electronic distractions!


7 comments on “Inbooksuk

  1. Impressive really! The only problem is: tomorrow Benfica-Barcelona, on Wednesday CL, on Thursday EL, on Saturday La Liga, not to mentnion anything else. But you are young, plenty of days without football – to distract you – in front of you! 🙂

  2. Stefanie says:

    Love it! I read Aztec ages ago. I can confirm it is definitely an epic potboiler. And really ,how can you go wrong with human sacrifice and live flayings? 😉

    • Sylvia says:

      I might have to gloss over those bits… I’m not committing to reading it, I’ll just give it a try and see how it goes. I wonder if there’s much pre-Columbian historica fiction?

  3. Tony Price says:

    I’d love to hear how you enjoy Wildwood. It’s been on my Perhaps? list for ages.

    • Sylvia says:

      I’d never heard of it before but I gather it is a pretty seminal work of British nature writing. I’m looking forward to it.

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