I bought 21 books in January and February, adding, among other things, considerably to my collection of out-of-date guidebooks. Remarkably, only one of the books in the stack is fiction (guess which one?) While I am not particularly fond of "must read" lists like the one in 1001 Book s..., I do enjoy reading about books others have loved enough to recommend, and it will be fun to go through it and see what it has to say about the books I have read (liking or disliking) and to discover new books to read. However, I have no intention of reading all of the recommendations. As for the rest, they reflect some of my many interests: pastiche literature, trivia, folkloristics, cooking, history and anthropology.