The latest meme going around, according to Profgrrrl, who knows all, is to identify your earliest Amazon purchases.
Looks like I started a new account in 2006, because that’s as far back as my history goes. (Perhaps before then I was dutifully going to the local independent bookstore in town, which closed in 2006, and though another has replaced it, I have obviously made much use of Amazon–and BN and Powells–since then).
My 2006 purchases included:
- Alcott’s Little Women (odd that I didn’t just get an exam copy and it’s one of those little, cheap versions that I can barely read these days)
- Rick Steve’s book on Spain (ended up not going to Spain, but to Italy)
- Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle (a book I may finally use in a class next year).
- Thomas Mullen’s The Last Town on Earth (a great, early, apocalyptic, read!)
- Lynn Miller’s Death of a Department Chair (I was a department chair in 2006, not coincidentally).
- Jones’ Murder at the MLA (sensing a theme here?)
- Miner’s Murder in the English Department (oh, yes, a definite theme)
So what can we conclude about Annie’s reading in 2006? Well, clearly, as chair, she had murder, travel, pain and the apocalypse on the brain (I’ve decided that Little Women must have been for someone else since I own 3 versions of the novel, not one of them the tiny print, mass market kind). Let that be a warning to her the next time she agrees to be chair.