Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking… Two posts in one day? But it’s for a good reason, I promise! Why, you may ask? Because today was one of my favorite days of the year: the quarterly used book sale at my hometown’s public library!
I specifically went hoping to find the second and third books from The Hunger Games trilogy. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know I recently watched the movies for the first time and LOVED THEM SO MUCH. I haven’t read the books yet because, although I have the first one, I don’t want to start the series until I have the other two. I’m sure it’s just as good as, or (likely) better than the movies, and I know I’m gonna want to binge, so I neeeeeeed the rest of the books in the series! Sadly, I didn’t find the books I was looking for, but I did leave with a small pile of paperbacks I’m pretty excited about!
So let’s talk about these guys…
The Amityville Horror II
John G. Jones
The first Amityville Horror is still sitting in my TBR pile waiting to be read, but I absolutely loved the movie. LOVED it. It used to be one of my favorites in high school. And, though I don’t really like to be spooked, I do like to read non-fiction, or stuff based on non-fiction. Although… part II isn’t written by the same author as part I, so I’m not sure what that’s about, or if will be as good. But it was 3 paperbacks for $1 at the sale today, so I couldn’t pass it up!
Great Cases in Psychoanalysis
Harold Greenwald (editor)
For those who don’t know, I majored in two subjects in college: English and Psychology. Psychology was actually my first choice. It wasn’t until my last couple of years at school that I added English as my second major, though I was always meant to be an English major. I mean, obviously, considering I have a book blog. But, yes, I was originally a psych major.
I’ve been interested in the subject since Coach Godfrey’s psychology class in 11th grade. I chose it as a random elective that year, and it ended up being the class that made me want to go to college. I don’t think I’d ever become a therapist or anything like that, but I love learning about the subject, and I especially love taking psychoanalytical approaches to critical analyses of literature!
Anywho, that’s why I picked this one up. It includes case histories from a number of different psychoanalysts, including such titles as “The Girl Who Couldn’t Breathe” (Freud), “The Man Who Loved Corsets” (Abraham), and “The Anxious Young Woman and the Retired Business Man” (Jung).
Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl
Marguerite Sechehaye (editor)
Well, I just told you about my love of all things psychological as well as my love of non-fiction novels, so it should be no surprise that I picked this one up! This is a true autobiographical account written by a woman named Renee (and compiled by the psychoanalyst who treated her) about her experiences with schizophrenia.
It’s a pretty small book — only about 120 pages — but stuff like this is super interesting to me. I love learning how the mind works, particularly in cases such as these.
A little “the more you know” factoid: schizophrenia has nothing to do with having multiple personalities. You’re thinking about Dissociative Identity Disorder. 😉 Feel free to talk to me/ask me questions if you’re curious about either of these disorders! I wrote a few papers on DID in college (and have personal experience with one of the other dissociative disorders) and studied schizophrenia in the past, and I love to talk about this stuff!
I honestly have no idea how I know who Spinelli is or if I even like his work yet, but I have like three of his books that I’ve picked up at random sales cause I recognize the name. Someone tell me why I know this name! I honestly have no idea who he is. A Google search says he does children’s lit, but I’ve never heard of any of the books of his that I’ve seen. And yet, I just can’t stop myself from picking up his books when I come across them. It doesn’t help that the covers are all pretty neat.
Do you guys know/like this author? What have you read by him?
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
I love me some Vonnegut, Jr.! I read Slaughterhouse-Five in high school and just started picking up any book I see by him at every book sale I go to. I have a pretty decent collection of his works at this point. I’ve really gotta start getting some of those read. I’m so bad about buying books and leaving them to collect dust in my (currently insanely messy… shhhh) TBR pile. Please tell me I’m not the only one!
Site note: people who put tape/stickers on the front (or spines) of books can burn in hell.
Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV
Another series I desperately need to read! I’ve heard amazing things about it. Even though I’ve heard some of the books in the series are pretty slow, the series as a whole is apparently fantastic. I picked up the first book a while back, but, as usual, haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I keep putting other books in front of all my other TBR books and reading those first… I have a problem, I know.
But, like I said, I have the first book in the series and figured I might as well start collecting the rest when I see them. I’ll probably wait until I at least have the next few in the series to start reading them. Plus, I’ve got a couple other King books I want to get to first.