What did you buy today? May 2009
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Just a placeholder for the month, since no one has posted May purchases yet. I do have a couple of items on hold at the bookstore, but those will likely be purchased Friday.
On Friday I picked up The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu and The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman from the used book store, they were having a sale. I also picked up the manga Totally Captivated Volume 1 from my local indie store.
Also over the weekend I ordered A Business of Ferrets by Beth Hilgartner and Totally Captivated Volume 2 from Betterworld.com. Both were recommendations from fellow LTers.
A seller at Alibris.com was offering The Prisons (Le Carceri : the Complete First and Second States), a folio of artwork by 18th century artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi -- for about 1/5th of the market value. I'd been eyeing it for a while, and when the price unexpectedly jumped, I thought: It's now or never!
Eagerly awaiting it, since this folio has been on my wishlist since I saw an exhibit of Piranesi's Carceri several years ago.
Earlier after work (I work overnight :) at Borders I bought How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill, because, it being a memoir, seems too implausible, I just had it buy it. The second book I bought is the continuation of Star Trek Voyager series in book form with the new Novel Star Trek : Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer. This book has got me very excited as it's on average double the size of the 4 previous novels in the Star Trek Voyager relaunch!
Bought too much this week. Started with a DVD of "Lost in Austen." Then moved on to books. Apparently I intend to purchase every writing book ever written:
* The Weekend Novelist by Robert Ray
* The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass (bought this because I LOVED Writing the Breakout Novel - very inspiring)
* The 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley (still looking for exercises for writing group)
* Seductive Secrets by Lynne Connolly (hang out on some of the same e-mail lists as the author, so feel like I should try her work)
* His Forbidden Liaison by Joanna Maitland
* To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
* At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
* The Patriot Witch by C.C. Finlay (sf/fantasy of magic & the Rev War; I'm hoping it'll be as good as Naomi Novik's work)
* Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland
Here's hoping for a smaller or nonexistent purchase next week....
Bought last weekend:
Operation Shylock by Philip Roth
The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays by Albert Camus
I ran out and got Megan McCafferty's Charmed Thirds at 9:30 p.m. last night... I'm turning into a lunatic! I finished Second Helpings and couldn't bear the thought of not immediately getting my hands on the next one in the series. I love when I'm so excited about a book series, I have to compulsively devour them all in succession!
Well, slightly smaller this week by 1 DVD, 1 trade paperback, and 2 mass market paperbacks. Here's to even less money spent next week.
Just brought home:
* Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
* Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
* The Sins of Lord Easterbrook by Madeline Hunter
* The Truelove Bride by Shana Abé (her Secret Swan was very good)
* Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
* True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
Edited to fix touchstone.
Arrived on the steps, courtesy of Amazon.com:
1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List by Tom Moon
(to head off those impulsive iTunes purchases at the pass)
The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2009: The Perfect Guide to Building Your Classical Collection by Ivan March, Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton and Paul Czajkowski
(same idea as above)
Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton
Because I'm afraid I won't I have time to listen to and read everything I want to before I die, and THEN WHAT?????
#10 was last week's purchase. This week's purchase I made today.
Three dance fitness DVDs (two on sale) and, ironically, I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Would like to lose weight and keep money, rather than the other way 'round....
Yay for free books! I brought home 4 ARCs from work yesterday:
* The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (6/09)
* Lady Anne and the Ghost's Revenge by Donna Lea Simpson (8/09; paranormal. historical. romance? - seems to be sequel to another story w/same characters I also got as an ARC)
* Highland Rebel by Judith James (9/09; historical romance by an author whose last book I bought after hearing good buzz)
* Healing Luke by Beth Cornelison (9/09; contemporary romance)
I hadn't purchased any books in a couple of months. Today, I broke.
At Walmart for a total of $16:
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
At Borders for $55
2666 by Robert Bolano
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein
Little Stalker by Jennifer Belle
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Edited to add: I envy people who can purchase books and read them all at once instead of throwing them on the TBR pile.
One good thing about holidays are the sales. I was just returning a DVD @ Half Price Books yesterday and found a ton more DVDs, CDs, and books to buy. Here are the books (which I still need to add to my catalog):
Same here, Zeesosa. I'm a pretty slow reader, considering how many books I own. But I figure I'll get around to them. Eventually. :)
Another Friday, another purchase.
* Moral Minds by Marc Hauser
(this one came out of a box today, and I had it on hold before it even left the back room of the bookstore....)
* Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
(book 5 in an awesome alternate history fantasy series; books 1-3 came out very close in time to each other, book 5 was the first to be published in hardcover & is now out in paperback; an LT author)
* This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James
(historical romance, part of a series)
* A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore
(debut historical romance; got a pretty good review in Publishers Weekly)
I scooped up some good stuff at the Chapel Hill Library book sale, for $1 each.
The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
Ghosts by John Banville
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Saw that another LT member just added a new book by one of my favorite historical romance authors to her library, so detoured to Kmart on my way home from getting groceries and picked it up:
* The Surgeon's Lady by Carla Kelly
Thanks, LT. (Insert irony here. Or not. As you prefer.)
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