Tuesday, February 14, 2012

True Love Ways (In Which I Gush Over Books)

One of the things I've decided I would do this year is shop at less big name corporate stores. It's been a slow weening process. Old habits are hard to break and I already know where all the bigger stores are. They can be so much more convienent but also less interesting and more like an asembly line so I'm working on it. Slowly, yes, but I'm working on it.

The hardest one, of course, has been staying away from Barnes and Nobles. I do know where a lot of little used bookstores are but they usually have limited hours and then there is that annoying fact that when new books come out they don't have them yet. Weeks pass. Months. And they STIL don't have them.

Sigh. Lament. Break down and drive to Barny's (see I even have an endearing nick name for them, how could I possibly stay away? The course of true love never did run smooth)

Or, as I managed to do this last weekend, take a slightly longer and more adventruous trip down to Mysterious Galaxy

If I read a lot of romance or memoir or something this store probably wouldn't do me much good, but considering that my main genre is and always will be fantasty, I can feel like a good virtuous hipster and drool over new books at the same time. Here is what this trip yielded:

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
--This one looks really good. If nothing else I will enjoy Marillier's stunning descriptions. She is such a beautiful world builder.

A Million Suns by Bev Revis
--The first book in this series, Across the Universe, simultamiously disturbed me and made me fall in love with it. I've been quite literally* dieing to know what happens next.

Snuff by Terry Pratchett
--It's Terry Pratchett. And it has Vimes in it. There is no way I'm not going to love it.



Reach for covers, unable to decide which one.

Make a decison. Change it.

Remember that I've promised myself I would finsih draft one of my manuscript before reading any of them.

Oh yeah. My manuscript.

Lunge for my lap top and start typing as fast as I can.

So that's what I've been up to. How about you?

*Ok. Not litterally. It's a metaphor. But still.


  1. I love Juliet Marillier's books. Wildwood Dancing is still my favorite I think. And I haven't read any Terry Pratchet yet (don't throw things at me) but his Mort is on my TBR list. I do so understand your dilemma in choosing which book to read first. :)

  2. Nice to meet you. Good luck with A-Z. I look forward to your posts.

  3. A MILLION SUNS IS BEYOND AWESOME. *Ahem* But I understand if you read something else first. Congrats on the new books! And yes, Mysterious Galaxy is awesome :).

  4. Hi! I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge, getting a head start on finding great new blogs to follow. Nice to meet you! It's commendable that you are working to support the small bookstore. There aren't a lot of them left where I live. I liked Borders because they supported the local authors, which B & N doesn't do as well. I was so sad when Borders went under.