I recently tweeted about a stash of books which I had ordered and used an overseas address. These orders were placed over a couple of weeks and had been gathering dust for months. A colleague was in the said city and brought it back home. I was elated, to say the least.
Guardian newspaper has this amazing and eclectic blog where I often pop into and get some recommendations. Most of the time, the discussions there are beyond my range but every now and then, they accommodate folks like us and on one of those days, I picked up a recommendation for In our Mad and Furious City. The discussion had been about books with detailed city descriptions in their plot. On another day, in the comment sections, I had asked for books similar to the last book I read from one of my favourite authors and got recommendations for Jude in London and Tepper isn’t Going Out.
My love affair with Glover Court is well documented and obvious from my book pics. I recently listened to the Freaknomics Radio podcast edition on meat where the future of meat was discussed. I decided to get a decent book on beef. I eat so much beef and it makes sense to know some more about the history of this food item. This was how Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World ended up in my recent haul.
Some article in The Johannesburg Review of Books led me to The Restless Supermarket. Looks like it will be a good read.
I already talked about Once More We Saw Stars and Faith in the Shadows here. The initial order got missing in transit for a very long time and these were replacement copies.
Friday Black is a strange one for me. I saw the cover art, liked it and bought it even before reading the synopsis to see that it was dystopian fiction. A collection of short stories with black identity as its central theme. This seems to be one to savour in future.