Monday, July 13, 2015

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

The prompt for this week indicates that we can include books that came into our possession in any manner of ways ("bought, library, review copies"), but I'm not going to count digital copies of books. If I did that, this list would be nearly identical to the "recently read" list I'll be sharing tomorrow. So instead, these are the physical copies of books that most recently came into my possession, either temporarily or permanently.

1. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White
This book was given to me by our department director as assigned reading before our upcoming office retreat. After the retreat I will probably pass this one on.

2. Dear Mister Rogers: Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood? by Fred Rogers
This is a book that has been on my to-read list for several years now but I couldn't get my hands on a copy so I had it on my PaperBackSwap Wish List. A copy just became available and I got it in the mail.

3. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This was one of two books left on my classics list that I hadn't gotten around to reading yet, probably because they weren't available electronically. I got them from our campus library.

4. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
This was the other book from the classics list that I got in hard copy from the library, and the last one I read to finish up the list of 88 books I'd been working on for 15 years.

5. Baby-Led Weaning: the essential guide to introducing solid foods and helping your baby to grow up a happy and confident eater by Gill Ripley and Tracey Murkett
When I heard about baby-led weaning I couldn't figure out where to start with all the information out there, and someone finally pointed me to the original book, which I immediately put on hold at the local library.

6. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
This one had a long hold list at the library and I finally got my copy in mid-May. I can't remember if it wasn't available digitally yet because it's so new or if I knew I would want a hard copy because of all the diagrams, but that's how I requested it.

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I ordered this one through PaperBackSwap because my husband, who rarely reads, mentioned that he thought he might be interested in reading it after a friend recommended it, so I immediately requested a copy. Unlike most books, Mike devoured this one in two days.

8. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
I got this through PaperBackSwap as part of my project to stock Gregory's bookshelf with quality kids' books (of all levels). I had read it during my 2014 quest to diversify my reading and thought it was a solid contribution to the collection that I wanted to have on hand.

9. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming The Life You Were Meant To Live by Martha N. Beck
I read this on Kindle, but I couldn't devote the mental energy to all the exercises at the time, so I ordered a hard copy with plans (as yet unfulfilled) to return to it at a future date.

10. Matilda by Roald Dahl
In addition to picking some recent diverse reads for Gregory's bookshelf, I ordered a bunch of my childhood favorites, including a lot of Roald Dahl. And this one, as I've mentioned, is one of my favorites.

What physical books have come into your home recently?

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  1. You have a variety of books on your list. It seems very REAL to me.

  2. I never have read the Little House books, although I was a big fan when I was growing up. I really enjoyed Gone Girl when I read it. :-)

    It's so rare that physical books enter my home anymore unless they are children's books for my daughter. Sometimes that makes me sad, but then I remind myself that I have an overabundance of print books in my house (more of those than I own of e-books), so it's not like I'm hurting for books.

    I hope you enjoy all your books!

  3. I lovvvveeee Matilda and I love the Little House series. Children's books like those are priceless. Enjoy reading them all.

  4. I have been meaning to pick up Gone Girl since before the movie but some other book just keeps getting bought before it. I hope you enjoy your books :)

    My TTT

  5. I love Roald Dahl, have you listened to the audio version of The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me read by Hugh Laurie? A family favourite! Don't miss it :) My TTT

  6. Never ever heard of the book -- thanks for the rec!

  7. Once you do pick it up, you almost certainly won't be able to put it down!

  8. Thanks! I read Matilda as a kid but didn't read Little House on the Prairie until this past month and wasn't a big fan. I think sometimes the joy of a children's book comes from the memories of reading it as a child.

  9. After going through the process of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we got rid of over half our physical books and now only have the ones we love and reread, lend out, or use as a reference. It was because I traded so many away with PaperBackSwap that I had dozens of credits to use to fill our new children's bookshelf :)