- The top 4 books (the Loeb edition of Josephus) I brought with me to SBL.
- The bottom 4 were donations from publishers, who evidently hope I will adopt them as textbooks or recommend them to my students.
- The 3 paperbacks underneath Josephus I purchased as gifts.
- The 3 commentaries in the middle I purchased for my own library, which is a bit strange given my love-hate relationship with commentaries. They can be justified under an admittedly broad interpretation of the fine print at the end of my new year's resolution, since I expect to use all 3 in my teaching next semester.
- As I wandered the bookstalls deciding what not to purchase, and sat in 2.5 hour book review sessions, I also considered how I want my book-buying and reading habits to change over the long term once this year is through. Some initial thoughts:
- Reading in subjects I have to teach and for current research projects take top priority.
- Classics take precedence over the latest "important" monographs. If they are *really* important, they will still be worth reading a few years down the road.