Now that I have fellow book-lovers' attention, let me do a happy dance.
I'm always trying to build up my home library (without also breaking my home bank account). This month I got hold of over 60 volumes that were being given away free at the library.
I love giving used and unwanted books a place to call home! It was really hard to walk out and not take ALL the books. (But that wouldn't be nice or fair to others.)
I know some people carefully research each and every book they buy (or even borrow), but I'm really not one of those people. I love playing "book roulette" and being surprised (for better or worse) when I finally get around to reading them.
Obviously, some book titles speak for themselves, and some books are so well-known that it really isn't a mystery what the plot is about. But have you ever just walked into a used bookstore or book sale somewhere and picked up one of those old library books with no CLUE what it is about? Those good, old (sometimes garishly colored) hardcovers with nothing more than a title and an author name to go by?
I have found some REALLY great books that way. Like Tory Oath and West With the Vikings. (Neither of which had a dust jacket when I found them in a thrift store years ago.)
I guess my message is a plea to readers everywhere...don't snub a book just because it isn't a recent best seller or well-known classic!
That kind of explains this erratic list of books. Haha. Here are the books I added if you are looking for some inspiration: