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Aug 1, 2008, 4:25 pm

What books did you buy, borrow, mooch or steal today?

Aug 1, 2008, 5:19 pm

Within the past two days, I've received or purchased

In Hazard by Richard Hughes
Ivan's War by Catherine Merridale
Stalin's Folly by Constantine Pleshakov
A Writer at War by Vasily Grossman

I tend to buy several books on a common theme and then read on the subject until I tire of it. A couple of years ago, Abraham Lincoln added an entire shelf to my library. This year, it's beginning to look like Stalinist Russia is going to be the theme.

Aug 1, 2008, 5:41 pm

I am away from home wondering what came in the mail?

Aug 1, 2008, 7:27 pm

My heart quickened when I saw a fat package in the mailbox, but it was only a bunch of CDs my partner ordered. sigh.

Aug 1, 2008, 7:39 pm

Despite being a hard sell (to the point where it was commented upon), I got signed up for the Borders program a few weeks ago. I excercized some very good self-control and didn't buy any books with the 20% off coupons I got*. This week I found a 30% off coupon in my inbox, and used it to buy Veronik Avery's Knitting Classic Style.

* This self-control was rewarded with yarn.

Aug 1, 2008, 7:42 pm

today i picked up two books at the library, Vampire Kisses, and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine! I hope their good I dont know though they sounded awsome.

Aug 1, 2008, 8:29 pm

I received in the mail today A House in the Uplands, by Erskine Caldwell, and also Mao II, by Don DeLillo.

Aug 1, 2008, 8:40 pm

Guess I should move this here, since I bought them today:

Star Trek: Reunion-Michael Jan Friedman

Star Trek:The Forgotten War-William R. Forstchen

Star Trek: First Virtue--Michael Jan Friedman

The Dolphins of Pern--Anne McCaffrey

Nerilka's Story-Anne McCaffrey

Time of the Twins--Margaret Weis

Mercycle--Piers Anthony

Hills of Homicide--Louis L'Amour

I Heard the Owl Call My Name--Margaret Craven

Blindsight--Robin Cook

Villa Incognito--Tom Robbins

East is East--T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Sultan's Seal--Jenny White

Pandora--Anne Rice

Incarnations--Clive Barker

Everville--Clive Barker

Morning Sun on a White Piano--Robin Meyers

Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot--Al Franken

Aug 1, 2008, 9:21 pm

I'm reading two books, one is Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi dichie and the other is a much lighter read by Elizabeth Berg, Until the Right One Comes Along

Aug 1, 2008, 9:30 pm

From BookMooch I got University by Bentley Little.

Aug 1, 2008, 9:40 pm

I just took out The first men on the moon by H.G. Wells, A Clockwork Orange and Notes From the Underground...now all I want is some new fiction. Oh well.

Aug 1, 2008, 11:55 pm

I found an ancient astrology book while getting ready for the yard sale we're having tomorrow: Passion Planets, with a vintage 1970s cover a la romance novel. Woot!

Aug 2, 2008, 8:36 am

I just bought a copy of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and also Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
The Lace Reader just got a rave review in the Saturday book review section of The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto.

Aug 2, 2008, 9:55 am

I got I was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly in the mail. I love Cake and can't wait to start Lost Things!

Aug 2, 2008, 11:30 am

The Sunday Philosophy Club : An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
by Alexander McCall Smith and The Open Channel by Jill Morrow came today. I mooched them both from the same person on BM and they came promptly and in beautiful condition...

richardderus started me in on Mrs Dalhousie, and I thank him.. I started in on this one 5 minutes after it arrived on my doorstep!

Edited: Aug 2, 2008, 12:34 pm

#15 The Sunday Philosophy Club is the only book by Alexander McCall Smith I've read, and it's so much fun! I hope you like it!

Today I cashed in some Borders rewards bucks and came home with The Lace Reader, because I am easily led by you people, and also Sense and Sensibility. Funnily enough, I almost got Northanger Abbey instead of S&S, in which case I would have been EXACTLY like torontoc in message #13!

Oh, and yesterday in the mail I got Three Stories and a Reflection by Patrick Suskind. So it's been a good weekend thus far.

Aug 2, 2008, 12:43 pm

>5 AnnaClaire: AnnaClaire - Always hold out for 30% or more on your Borders coupons - at least, that's what I do. Mainly because I know that if I walk into Borders I will come out with more than one book, so I need to have at least one decent discount to make it worth my while! ;-)

Edited: Aug 2, 2008, 3:35 pm

Fell off my book-buying wagon today, with an enormous crash.

First of all I got two bookmooched books in the post: How To Lie With Maps and The Expendable Man.

Then I dropped into a few secondhand bookshops and came away with quite a haul.

First bookshop: Black Swine In The Sewers Of Hampstead, Time Out Book Of Country Walks, and Tom Harris, recently recommended on LT.

Second bookshop: a proof copy of the new Andrew Miller, One Morning Like A Bird, an NYRB book, Varieties Of Exile, and Estates by Lynsey Hanley.

Third bookshop (this is when it started getting silly): Monster Of God, a book about man-eating animals, Nature's Engraver, The Confessions Of Max Tivoli, and selected poems of AE Housman.

And finally, from the British Library bookshop, Chinese Cursive Script: an introduction to handwriting in Chinese - a specialist interest obviously, but I'm excited about it!

I also came away from the British Library with a deep desire to buy a book on Indian folk art...

edited to add another one that I forgot!!

Edited: Aug 2, 2008, 1:43 pm

That's alright, wandering_star... we've all been there. I made a resolution to only get one book for each three I finish, but Monday I bought 4 books from an out of town booksale, and Thursday I went to Walden's just to get a few gift cards, and bought four books there, too. *sigh* It's an addiction!

Aug 2, 2008, 1:44 pm

It's been a good week in Bookladyland...I received ARCs of Bitter Sweets and American Wife from cold requests to the publishers, since I didn't get them from the Early Reviewers program.

My LT Early Reviewer ARC of Stalking Irish Madness arrived as well...and I purchased Breaking Dawn so I can facilitate the store's bookgroup next week.

Aug 2, 2008, 2:55 pm

I had a successful morning at a library booksale.

For me:
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Reader by Bernard Schlink
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

For BookMooch:
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (3 copies)
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander Mccall Smith

Aug 2, 2008, 5:10 pm

>5 AnnaClaire:: AnnaClaire
Yay for an abundance of addictio--- er, hobbies!

Aug 2, 2008, 5:14 pm

#15 & #16 mckait and jfetting
Alexander McCall Smith is my guilty pleasure - I tend to snoop out his latest, make sure I'm first on the library list, and then devour it in one day. I began with The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its subsequent followups and then all the Isabel Dalhousie series. I've even taken to the 44 Scotland Street series which were originally on-going vignettes published weekly in the newspaper.
I hope you like him - he is certainly prolific!

Aug 2, 2008, 7:15 pm

First. may I preface my remarks with a hearty razzberry at the Weather Goddess for making it 102F uring my yard sale. Boo hiss, bitch!

Second, may I just say that I have the best partner (such a blah word) anywhere ever: I wanted for no cold drink, no comfy chair, no fetched item during the sale. And he finished reading The Lace Reader to me. We both cried.

Third, I have the very best kid anyone anywhere ever had: She arrived bearing the superlative news that she and her wonderful husband ARE going to have a baby (not yet, whew) and a gift of Half of a Yellow Sun with an excited recommendation. She couldn't wait to get it to me, she liked it so much. Then I took us all out for sushi and a gelato. Perfect summertime eating, and neither Mr. Man nor I had to do diddly in the kitchen.

And to all who are newly exposed to Isabel Dalhousie...I hope you're deriving the same sense of making a new friend from reading her books as I am. I want to have Isabel over for dinner and a chat. She can bring Jamie, if she's willing to trust me with him, which might be a very very bad idea.

But lastly, I feel very fortunate to have found this lovely collection of interesting people that is LibraryThing. So many of you are becoming friends, and so many of you are such wonderful folks to hang around with, that I just can't believe how fortunate I am to be here now.

Sentimental much? Sorry guys. Ignore me, I think I'll go canoodle with Mr. Man and go to sleep early. Another day of yard sale tomorrow, blech.

Aug 2, 2008, 8:03 pm

I have read The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency as well. and the Giraffe one is on its way as a mooch. I liked #1 !

Edited: Aug 2, 2008, 9:31 pm

Hunter of Dune by Brian Herbert


1,000 Years, 1,000 People Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped The Millennium

Edited: Aug 2, 2008, 8:10 pm

Nothing, though I did peek at the shelves at the Friends of the Library, but there wasn't anything I couldn't live without.

However, I did, finally, finish listing all my books with BookCrossing (where I keep my entire virtual library). I've been telling everyone for over a year that I have 450 unread books on my shelves, but that it was probably higher as I didn't have the exact number because I hadn't put all my books on shelves, etc. Now I know the exact number is actually 433. Yay! Surely that means I can buy 17 more without feeling guilty. I see a trip to both Borders and B&N in my near future.

Aug 2, 2008, 8:12 pm

Armed with a 30% off coupon and $10 in Borders Rewards money, I purchased the following books at Borders today:

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (joycepa, teelgee and all the others - I finally have my first Ishiguro)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (yep, richardderus, you snagged another reader for this book)

Edited: Aug 3, 2008, 2:59 am

I mooched Diablerie by Walter Mosley yesterday.

Hubby & I went to B&N this evening, visited the bargain section, and brought home:

The Camel Club and The Collectors both by David Baldacci, The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty, and 3 x Carlin ~ An Orgy of George by the late, great George Carlin ~ this is a combination of his three books, Brain Droppings, Napalm and Silly Putty and When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops, plus more.

I don't know when we will get to these.....it's just inSANE,....hubby & I keep bringing home these books and it's like WHY DO WE KEEP DOING THIS???? **sheepish grin** We have so many, yet continue to bring home more.

It's an illness.

Aug 3, 2008, 3:44 am

Today the postlady brought me two books which could not be more opposite:

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West, 1150 pgs. of serious history and culture clashes (Balkan).

The Private World of Tasha Tudor, by Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown, 129 pgs. of text and beautiful photographs and drawings showing Tudor's very original way of life.

Aug 3, 2008, 6:01 am

#21 DOBooks, that's quite a haul. I loooooved the Blind Assassin and might even re-read it...perhaps after the TBR glacier melts a bit.

I did well today and went to a lovely second-hand bookshop and exercised restraint. Then I went into Borders and bought the Edwardians by Roy Hattersley, Stasiland by Anna Funder and the Classical World by Robin Lane Fox. So much for restraint - I spent US$70 or so! Ow. Books aren't cheap here.

Aug 3, 2008, 8:06 am

Thrift Shop Orgy on Friday afternoon:

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Larry's Party by Carol Shields
The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enjquist
Tender is the Night, This This Side of Paradise, The Last Tycoon, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - beautiful hardbacks
The 39 Steps by John Buchan
The Confidential Agent by Graham Greene

And, for BookMooch (first time buying just for BookMooch and 2 have already been mooched!)
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Shield

All these for $11 !!

And, finally, from Amazon yesterday
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Edited: Aug 3, 2008, 9:41 am

>22 detailmuse:
Hobbies are good!

Aug 3, 2008, 9:43 am

Came home from an out-of-town trip yesterday to find this waiting for me. (My excuse: it was on sale!)

Aug 3, 2008, 10:37 am

lilithcat, I'm so jealous! An old Britannica set would be so very cool. I have a 1987 set and, even though it's a bit outdated already, my kids put it to good use. They don't really use it much for school, but challenging each other on random facts.

I've had no books come today, it is Sunday, but last night I spent way too much on Amazon and will have many books coming soon. I know it has been said that LT is evil, but so is Amazon with their one-click-buy button. It is way too easy.

Aug 3, 2008, 10:38 am

Amen Emaestra!

Aug 3, 2008, 11:06 am

I got Sweetsmoke an ER book Saturday and got on Fri. from B&N Rush Road Home. Went in for a book for my daughter's summer reading and got one my myself too :)

richarderdus I have to echo some of your comments above about LT. I just love this site and have met many interesting people. I look forward to my time on line here every day!

Aug 3, 2008, 7:03 pm

>28 Talbin: Talbin, I hope to hear that you're happy to have made the book's acquaintance. *sounds of crossing fingers, much like popcorn popping*

>34 lilithcat: lilithcat. I. Hate. You.

>37 momom248: momom, yeah, ain't it grand??

Today was a book acquiring day: A friend brought the old paperbacks of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and The Wind's Twelve Quarters all by Ursula Le Guin to sell at the yard sale...they never made it onto a table...and after a trip to Half Price to get rid of another friend's cassette tapes (!) and audio books on cassette, I came home with The Outback Stars and The Sky Road. with Mr. Man's sniffling approval.

He cried all day at having to sell crap I don't want to move, and he doesn't want, and watching my books disappear into boxes. It was a tiring day.

Edited: Aug 3, 2008, 7:44 pm

I postet this on friday on the july-link, when everybody had gone away to august.
I did it again. Very limited selfcontrol. I was "bading" into the bookstore where they had some decluttering and sold one shelf of books for half price. I found some interresting paperbacks.
Hesse, Hermann: Eventyr
Silva, Daniel:Den engelske leiemorderen (The English Assassin)
Walters, Minette: Slangemønster (The Shapes of Snakes)
Walters, Minette; Krutt (The Tinder Box)
Calvino, Italo: Klatrebaronen (Il Barone Rampante)
Hornby, Nick: Fritt fall (A Long Way Down)
Eggers, Dave: Dere skal merke vår hastighet (You Shall Know Our Velocity )
It was on the trip to get the new bookshelf, I found these goodies.
#24: richardderus, nice you shall be a grand, congratulation.
I love McCall Smith's everyday-philosophic writing and are reading the secong Isabel Dalhousie story now.
In this rainy weekend I found my 40 volume of "Norwegian National Literature" in one of the old book-boxes. I had allmost forgotten I had them.

Aug 3, 2008, 8:20 pm

>34 lilithcat: lillithcat - Oh, how I envy you! I love reading old encyclopedias. I've just added it to my wishlist.

Aug 3, 2008, 9:32 pm

I got a whole bunch today! In the mail:
- When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home
- My Mother's Keeper
- a second copy of The Club Dumas (loaned my first copy to a friend and they never gave it back. I guess they really liked it?)

And at Barnes & Noble:
- Magic Knight Rayearth 3 volume Omnibus
- A Boy of Good Breeding
- Lighthousekeeping
- You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job
- Dissolution

Oh! And on Friday I got a nice copy of Redwall. Time for another bookshelf, I think.

Aug 3, 2008, 11:49 pm

I see we have started a new book buying thread. I will have to post my new books here tomorrow. Just wanted the thread to come up on my homepage.

Aug 4, 2008, 2:23 am

I got The Unconsoled by (almost) everybody's favorite Kazuo Ishiguro in the mail this weekend (another score on Marktplaats!).

Then I also got 40 books that I was planning to sell, but I noticed this batch had a lot of books that are on the 1001 books list, so I kept about 6 or 8 of them for myself (pushing my TBR piles over the dreaded 100...!)

Aug 4, 2008, 2:39 am

I finally have a history of the Goths!

With little enthusiasm but with the clock ticking on a 30% discount coupon at Borders I swung into the history section hoping for the second volume of Freehling's big pre-war explanation. I have wanted a book or three on the Goths for years; not having seen any I didn't even have one on my wishlist. History of the Goths by Herwig Wolfram leapt off the shelf at me and came home with me.

When I got home I found a 40% discount coupon in my e-mail. Oh, well; life goes on.


Aug 4, 2008, 10:54 am

>31 cushlareads:, I know! I was so excited to find all of those Atwoods, since I've still only read The Handmaid's Tale and, other than that, only owned The Penelopiad. It was a waaaay better book sale than the one I went to last weekend. Plus, I only paid $7.

Aug 4, 2008, 11:23 am

Oops, forgot that I also kept Orsinian Tales by Ursula Leguin. When is this legendary writer gonna get a touchstone?!

Aug 4, 2008, 11:39 am

Aug 4, 2008, 11:59 am

Added over the weekend:

A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
South Sea Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson
Blood Fever by Charlie Higson
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Got home to discover I already owned a copy of the last one :-(.

Aug 4, 2008, 12:14 pm

The Whole World Over: A Novel by Julia Glass

The Woman in White by William Wilkie Collins

The Fire: A Novel by Katherine Neville

The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel ... by Alexander Mccall Smith

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2) by Alexander McCall Smith

All Came today AS WELL as my new copies of the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon

AND the came one single minute before the husband rolled out of his bed... ten minutes earlier would have mattered!!!

Aug 4, 2008, 12:14 pm

Where did my touchstones go???

Aug 4, 2008, 2:23 pm

Today was a good day, full of ARCs and mooched books:

Resistance: A Frenchwoman's Journal of the War by Agnes Humbert actually showed up on Saturday and was sitting by the mail slot when I got here

The DHL man brought Coming Unglued by Rebeca Seitz

Then the best mailman ever, Irving, came with Oryx and Crake and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict from BookMooch, as well as My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare and my July ER book, Sweetsmoke.

Aug 4, 2008, 4:23 pm

I came home with a copy of The Secret River by Kate Grenville on Saturday, and I got some "chick lit" as a present from a friend that I'd rather not own up to.

Aug 4, 2008, 5:44 pm

I hit the jackpot today when I checked the mail. From BM I got 3 different Reynolds Price books: Roxanna Slade, Promise of Rest and The Source of Light. I've loved Price since I read Kate Vaiden in college and can't wait to start reading them.

Aug 4, 2008, 5:54 pm

Speaking of jackpots, this was Christmas Monday in August! I recently re-joined BOMC. These were in the mail:
Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus
Lush Life by Richard Price
Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
Boy, I got some reading to do!!

Edited: Aug 4, 2008, 6:56 pm

Yesterday my husband and I bought the first in a series by Patricia Sprinkle Who invited the dead man and the first in a series by Jim Butcher, about the detective who is a wizard.
Oh, and in the mail today, a delightful package from the publisher of 3 children's books for me to review on my blog, and to giveaway to commenters at my blog later this month (August 2008).
One is titled When God created my toes

Aug 4, 2008, 7:11 pm

In from BookMooch:

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Aug 4, 2008, 7:43 pm

I went to the library and borrowed Pretties by Scott Westerfeld and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Then I went to a second-hand store and picked up Steinbeck's East Of Eden, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and Evening by Susan Minot. I also received my first ER book, Sweetsmoke, by David Fuller. And I'm excited about all of them!

Aug 4, 2008, 7:57 pm

From Library :

Founding Fathers, Secret Societies--Robert Heironimus

Still Life With Woodpecker--Tom Robbins


The Queen's Cross--Lawrence Schoonover

Their Eyes Were Watching God--Zora Neale Hurston

1876: A Novel--Gore Vidal

The Oxford Book of Short Stories--V.S. Pritchett

The Murder of Lawrence of Arabia--Matthew Eden

Deception Point--Dan Brown

Hitler 1889-1936 Hubris--Ian Kershaw

The Tainted Snuff Box--Rosemary Stevens

The Celestial Bed--Irving Wallace

Redemption--Leon Uris

Aug 4, 2008, 10:06 pm

My July ER book arrived - The Fire by Katherine Neville
And, an ARC arrived - The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Aug 4, 2008, 11:37 pm

The Grand Prize and Other Stories by Daniela Crasnaru arrived today.

Aug 5, 2008, 2:27 am

Through Bookmooch I got To have and Have not by Hemingway, with a nice card attached by the BMer, very thoughtful.

Edited: Aug 5, 2008, 1:39 pm

Finished Hunters of Dune; am still reading 1000 Years, 1000 People

Have added from the public library

The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl
White elephant Dead by Carolyn Hart
Laced by Carol Higgins Clark

Aug 5, 2008, 12:51 pm

More books today. Pretty soon I'm going to need to tear down the walls in my condo and replace them with books.

Twilight via BookMooch to see what all the fuss (positive and negative) is about

We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale to review, although it has already been released

American Savior by Roland Merullo to review in a hurry, since it comes out in a couple of weeks

Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins for a virtual book tour next month.

Aug 5, 2008, 12:54 pm

Went by the library and picked up
Coraline by Neil gaiman
Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Aug 5, 2008, 1:00 pm

Wow! that is some list!

nothing here today.

Edited: Aug 5, 2008, 5:17 pm

Today I will start on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
The best reading in our home to day is that I convinced my newspaper-reading husband to read a book. Years since last time; Ringo, The Robber Racoon: The True Story of a Northwood Rogue by Robert F. Leslie. He has been reading most of the day and tells me what happens. I'm so exited, he enjoys it. It is hope for him and the books after all.
And yes he did some carpenter-work and made us a new bookshelf this morning.

Aug 5, 2008, 3:42 pm

The Bell Jar and Suttree. The Bell Jar is a pretty quick read ... but really good.

Aug 5, 2008, 5:00 pm

I went to Waldenbooks to pick up my reserved copy of Breaking Dawn I haven't even read ANY of the Twilight books, but was sucked into getting a BD book anyway. And, while there, I finally gave in to picking up a copy of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. I've been looking at it for a few months, and I had a 25% off coupon so I got it.

All totalled, I paid $21 for these two books. Not Bad :-D

Then when I got home, I found the big brown sleigh had been by and left me a copy of When We Were Romans.

I'm not doing very well with the the NOT buying books resolution.

Aug 5, 2008, 7:55 pm

Two more were delivered to my house instead of my office:
Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Adventure in Borneo by Jolan Durrah

Edited: Aug 5, 2008, 8:02 pm

Reading: Amazing Disgrace, the sequel to cooking with fernet Branca

Bought: thursday next: first among sequels, though I have a funny feeling I read it when the hardcover came out last year, and sensational socks

Listening: bel canto

Aug 5, 2008, 8:02 pm

>68 IaaS: IaaS, brava for working on the husband! Mine (or the equivalent position, sigh whatever you want to call him) just walked in not five minutes ago with copies of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore all by Ursula LeGuin, to replace the tatty old copies he's keeping. He had not read a book by LeGuin before last night, when he read me some of her short stories to help me relax and sleep.

Aug 5, 2008, 9:31 pm

From BookMooch after being gone 5 days:

Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
The Titian Committee by Iain Pears
People of the book by Geraldine Brooks
The Last Judgement by Iain Pears
Daniel Martin by John Fowles

Aug 5, 2008, 11:44 pm

Today I stole my sister's copies of The Time Traveler's Wife--not sure how I haven't read this one yet and A Farewell to Arms.

Also got word from Mr. Booklady that Tan Lines arrived courtesy of thekoolaidmom, who was generous enough to share this steamy summer read with me!

I'm visiting my parents this week, and I've been eyeing a $20 bookstore giftcard that's just sitting on their desk, wondering if/when they're planning to use it or if I can finagle my way into it.

Aug 6, 2008, 12:12 am

At Borders on Sunday I picked up:

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Gale Force by Rachel Caine
Fallen by Erin McCarthy

Today in the mail from Amazon I received:
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Volume 18 and
Fireflies by Ally Blue

Today at Borders I picked up:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

This is probably the most new books I've bought in such a short amount of time in quite a while. I've given up all semblance of self-control.

Aug 6, 2008, 2:17 am

Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare, whose arrival is always an event.

Aug 6, 2008, 10:51 am

Early Reviewer: The good Thief by Hannah Tinti

B&N: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Aug 6, 2008, 11:00 am

Cherise the Niece by J. K. Benton came in the mail today!! I was so excited! He signed it "To Aunt Alisha", isn't that a crack!

This sooo made my day. I could go the rest of the week without getting another book, I'm that happy!

AND, I'm never parting with it :-D

Aug 6, 2008, 12:01 pm

Ellen Foster from Amazon

The Richest Season which I mooched from Porchsitter

Aug 6, 2008, 12:14 pm

>75 bnbooklady: booklady, forevermore! They're parents, hon, walk up to whichever one is nearest with the card in hand and say, "Hey {parent}, can I have this?"

We're never gonna say "no" unless it's a moss-covered, three-handled family gradunza that Great Aunt Wilburette gave us for a wedding gift AND she's expected for dinner this week.

It's what we do, said the man who's bought four (count 'em, four!) sets of china that his daughter has absconded with. Fifth set is packed and ready to go now, in fact. Mr. Man hates it and is thrilled to see it go.

Enjoy The Time Traveler's Wife and let us know what you think.

I'm very glad to know that no permanent damage has occurred to the 'rents, BTW. I spent a chunk of yesterday in the ER with my foster mom, fortunately she's just fine and no damage done to her either.

>80 mckait: mckait, Ellen Foster doesn't look like a very "you" sort of read. What is the what? Feeling Dickensian just now?

Edited: Aug 6, 2008, 1:16 pm

My new arrival today is The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky.

mckait....glad your mooch arrived safely!! Enjoy!

Aug 6, 2008, 1:46 pm

From my local bookstore I picked up March by Geraldine Brooks and then in the mail I received In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice, both by Catherynne Valente.

Aug 6, 2008, 2:08 pm

My husband may throw a fit when I get home with books 13-18 for the week (not counting the ones I bought at the library sale on Saturday):

From BookMooch:
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor by Anthony Everitt, I've wanted to hear his side of the story since reading a book on Cleopatra
The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi
Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller
The Rainy Season by Amy Wilentz

From publishers:
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

Aug 6, 2008, 2:12 pm

For all of us with spousal-disapproval issues, may I propose a work around for some purchases? Devourer brought up a good case in point: Library sales should not count as book purchases per se but rather charitable donations, thanked by the gift of a book, and we all know how rude it is to refuse a gift.

So you haven't BOUGHT those books, they've been GIFTED to you! Same goes for literacy booksales, garage/yard sales, any charitable act of money-giving that's rewarded by the gift of a book.

Think we can sell it to the skeptics?

Aug 6, 2008, 2:20 pm

I love it! I think it might work, although my husband's main concern is the fact that my book shelves are over flowing, since most of my books come from bookmooch and as review copies from publishers, authors, and publicists. He says there is no place to put another bookshelf.

Still, he doesn't like to be rude...

Aug 6, 2008, 2:32 pm

Morality for Beautiful Girls came in from a Bookmooch member today, and yesterday my second ER book arrived: The Savage. Yay! :D

Aug 6, 2008, 2:51 pm

>86 DevourerOfBooks: Devourer, now really, what's a little space crunch in service of making the world a more civil, kinder place, eh what? I've sold Mr. Man on the proliferation of books, albeit with backsliding grumbles now and again, by reminding him that I can't be expected to turn down free books! He looks a little jaundiced when I say this, admittedly, but it's kept him quiet so far.

Aug 6, 2008, 2:59 pm

Its a great idea richardear, but when a heap of books show up on the front porch, well... have you any ideas for that one?

Aug 6, 2008, 3:15 pm

Just say they were abandoned on your porch and that you just have no choice but to give them a good home! The poor things...

Aug 6, 2008, 3:20 pm

LOL Vonini

Aug 6, 2008, 3:27 pm

Okay! From ERHamilton we have:

Heir To The Glimmering World byCynthia Ozick
The Blondeby Duane Swierczynski......a $2.95 steal that!

Our Ecstatic DaysbySteve Erickson
The Secret Books of Paradys:The Complete Paradys Cycleby Tanith Lee
Gilgameshby Joan London
The Song is Youby Megan Abbott
Pegasus Descending andThe Tin Roof Blowdownby James Lee Burke
Three Plums in One and More Plums in One by Janet Evanovich

whew! now i have to find someplace to put the dears...oh well....there is always the upstairs where no one lives

some of the Touchstones here are wrong...but i have listed the correct titles with their authors
gotta go, now!

Aug 6, 2008, 3:44 pm

Browsing at Borders has begun to seem like a burden where once it was recreation. I had a 40% coupon and reckon the acquisition of a book to have been tedious; it was:

Collected Stories by W. Somerset Maugham.

It has been on my wishlist as Maugham has remained to be read for some time. I have no idea when I will get to it.


Aug 6, 2008, 4:58 pm

mckait, I like Vonini's idea. Failing that, just go on the porch and kick the boxes behind something large and strategically placed. Nothing like that there yet? You're a reesourceful lass, something will turn up.

I went to get my laptop fixed...typing on it now, success to report there...but I had to ask for directions from a kindly young bookstore clerk at the Follett's I happened to be walking by (truth, I swear, it's between the bus stop and the computer repair shop! Check a map!)and, well, one doesn't want the young to suffer for helping their elders out and who am I to assume the bookstore manager doesn't have strict customer-assistance standards that require the staff to account for every millisecond....

Oh what the hell, they had a dollar-books wall and I went nuts.

Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object
Another Marvelous Thing
to feed my Laurie Colwin addiction

Sabbatical by John Barth

Blue Heaven by Joe Keenan to replace copies that continue to go missing

The Music at Long Verney by Sylvia Townsend Warner because a man's short-fiction craving must be fed

The Copenhagen Papers by Michael Frayn because it's just such a weird true-life tale

The Wreck of the Batavia by Simon Leys because I am just that cynical that I believe this is the likeliest outcome of every disaster

The Garden Where the Brass Band Played by Simon Vestdijk

More later, the battery's throwing a fit!

Aug 6, 2008, 5:11 pm

Okay, as I was saying...
Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kertesz because reading Nobel Prize winners is a good habit to get into, IMHO

The Testament of Yves Gundron by Emily Barton because it strikes me that this is what the Gawdawful Doomsday Book could have been if...well, never mind.

What Mr. Man will do to me when I walk in with all these books while I'm packing doesn't bear thinking about.

Edited: Aug 6, 2008, 5:50 pm

I stopped at Borders last night on the way to work, and picked up two books that are on the 2008 Booker Prize longlist: A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif and The Lost Dog by Michelle De Kretser. After I came home this morning, I picked up a package from Amazon.com, which contained When Doctors Become Patients by Robert Klitzman, 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, In Search of London by H.V. Morton, and America America by Ethan Canin. Also waiting for me was my July ER book, Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki.

Edited: Aug 6, 2008, 6:33 pm

I'm confused I thought this group was "What are you reading now?" I see, what came into your home today ? or what did you buy today? Which group is it?

Aug 6, 2008, 6:37 pm

Another productive day! From the library (bought used):
The Book of Air & Shadows by Michael Gruber
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Brookland by Emily Barton
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
I read one and five! What a challenge!

Aug 6, 2008, 6:42 pm

richard: you'll be happy to know I successfully procured the giftcard without having to ask! My mother glanced at it this morning and said, "It'll be forever before I have time...why don't you take it?" This after she saw the 8 books I packed for my 5 day visit. Ah, parents.

With newly acquired giftcard in hand, I hit the bookstore and purchased Interpreter of Maladies, which I've been wanting to read forever and don't really know how I haven't done it yet, especially since I loved both The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth. I'll be putting it in the TBR for an upcoming challenge.

devourer: when the bookshelves start overflowing, you have to get creative...I bought bedside tables with little shelves/cubby holes built into them, lamps w/ shelves connecting the legs, these cool "floating" shelves you mount on the wall that I found at B & N. I'm luck that Mr. Booklady is just as addicted as I am, though, so he can't complain about the overflow.

Aug 6, 2008, 8:50 pm

#97 -cindysprocket (love your moniker)..it is What Are You Reading Now?...just another discussion post...go to the Group page and..proceed from there

jeez you people..can't you answer this gal's question?

Aug 6, 2008, 9:17 pm

I got my copy of Song For the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip.

Aug 6, 2008, 9:23 pm

jdthloue, Thanks!

Aug 6, 2008, 9:42 pm

>99 bnbooklady: booklady, gosh how surprising...a parent raises a little biblioholic, sees 8 books in her luggage for a 5-day visit, sees her casting wistful glances at the gift card that parent doesn't care too much about, and offers it to the said biblioholic! I reel backwards, clutching my chest for the shock!

Prediction: Interpreter of Maladies will make it to the top of your "Jhumpa Lahiri, reasons I love" list. Myself, color me entranced. I've bought copies for every biblioholic I know. Mr. Man even got Lucretia McEvil a copy for her hatching day, and she called to thank him. It is that kind of book.

BTW, have we had the Ursula K. Le Guin talk? Have you read any of her books? If not, will you allow old Auntie Richard to Amazon you one? I will gift-card you a copy of one of her books so you can add it guilt-free to Mt. TBR (what would I do wihtout this phrase, koolaidmom?) and review it in Readerville for us blogophiles. I'd love for you to start with Orsinian Tales, but if you'll just run over to the 'zon and look up some stuff...see, I feel she's being forgotten and I'd like some booksellers out there to start hand-selling her again. It would make a fat, ugly old man very happy....

Edited: Aug 6, 2008, 11:30 pm

okay..i will try this again

>..#103...you don't mentionThe Left Hand of Darkness.....uh..to me, an Older Lady..that is her Bellwether..by which all else is..judged..am i stupid or what?...be very careful in how you answer that question, sir..my mind has a very long reach..and i will paralyze you with BOOKWORM SLIME...yuck..yuck

hey. i had to get in between you and all of this interpersonal..chitchatbat..it's cute for a while but there are other folks out here who might like a say..so...\

Mea Culpa..yeah sure

again #103..is this WHAT ARE YOU READING? some kind of"exclusive" club...like in high school...it seems like the same people monopolize the "conversation"...Jeez..c'mon..grow up, y'all

(will this even post? anybody wanna make book?)

Edited: Aug 6, 2008, 11:21 pm

richard: I'm so looking forward to Interpreter of Maladies and know I will love it. I do *heart* Ms. Lahiri in a deep and profound way.

We have not, in fact, had the Ursula K. LeGuin talk, and no, I haven't read any of her books. I don't really do sci-fi, but since it looks like Orsinian Tales is more straight-up short fiction, I'll happily give it a shot (who am I to turn down a free book?) and review it in Readerville one of these days.

I know you have my email address...PM me if you need anything else. Yay!

Edited: Aug 7, 2008, 12:03 am

>104 jdthloue: jdthloue, The Left Hand of Darkness is a superb book...but knowing what I know of booklady's tastes, I think Orsinian Tales will stand a better chance of luring her into the vile den of SF that she squeamishly avoids. (She's not reading this, is she?)

As to high-schhol cliquishness...well, if you have something to add, add it. No one will stop you, or ask you not to; do exactly what you did and whaddaya know, you get heard. The interpersonal chitchat is part of what a social networking site like this one wants its users to do. It's a big part of the reason I come here, as do some others. Don't like me, don't want to hear from me or see my opinions or chit-chat? Visit my profile and use the "block this member" function and I will, for you, disappear. Won't hurt my feelings none, and you're free of what sounds to me like an irritant.

Aug 7, 2008, 4:01 am

I like the chit-chat, please DO go on, you have me laughing tea out of my nose (I only drink it lukewarm when I visit LT)!

Aug 7, 2008, 5:57 am

I was good today - bought nothing! I like the chit chat too, but can't keep up. Richardderus, some of your posts have had me snorting with laughter (but luckily not with coffee nearby).

It's funny reading how many of you in the US are buying the Lace Reader - I haven't even noticed it over here (New Zealand) yet.

#84 DoB - you are out of control this week! Will watch out for what you think of the Augustus book, because I recently mooched the same author's book about Cicero.

And I might have to give the Isabel Dalhousie stories another go, based on so many posts here. I bought the Right Attitude to Rain on sale a while back, but the first page or two didn't get me excited so it's still buried.

Edited: Aug 7, 2008, 9:05 am

>107 Vonini: Vonini, no worries, I won't stop being me because someone doesn't like it. I haven't yet!

>108 cushlareads: cmt, oh dear...please don't read The Right Attitude to Rain first! It's not at all a good intro to the delights of Isabel Dalhousie. Far better, IMO, to get The SUnday Philosophy Club out of the library and see how that grabs you. If that's a go, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate will keep you sweet on Miss Dalhousie, and then subject yourself to The Right Attitude to Rain only after the magic has clicked. It isn't his best book by a long chalk.

I am enjoined against receiving gifts of books, going into or near bookstores, and from visiting my daughter's house, until all boxes are sealed. Mr. Man saw the 14 books I brought home yesterday and (after a cry at the fact I'm leaving) lectured me about the silliness of adding to a collection that I will just have to move.

He's right, of course. I promised to amend my ways. We'll see how that goes.

Aug 7, 2008, 9:16 am

Bol.com just brought me The Wanting Seed, which has been on my wish-list for some time. It's about a world plagued by overpopulation.

From the back: ...where official family limitation glorifies homosexuality ("It's Sapiens to be Homo").

Seriously, how awesome is that? :)

Aug 7, 2008, 11:07 am

richard: i like our chitchat, and i love feeling like I know the people in your life, from the sweet and wonderful Mr. Man to Lucretia McEvil, whose name says it all. keep it coming. And I suppose I'll forgive you for talking about my "squeamishness" regarding sci-fi..it's just never pushed my buttons the right way.

in the interest of fulfilling the "what are you reading" theme that is apparently now being regulated, I will state that I'm now 100 pages into The Handmaid's Tale and am deeply in love with Ms. Atwood.

Aug 7, 2008, 11:39 am

am expecting Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon today in mail

Aug 7, 2008, 12:47 pm

Books 19-21 since Monday, all of which I'm incredibly excited about:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde via BookMooch. My first Fforde, whom I know about exclusively because of you fine LTers

An ARC of Sharon Kay Penman (who I also know about because of you LTers)'s new book Devil's Brood

An ARC of a book that was actually released 2 days ago, so this won't be an early review, The Terminal Spy by Alan S. Cowell

It is a good thing I very much like what I'm reading right now, because all I want to do is abandon it for these pretty new books.

Aug 7, 2008, 12:59 pm

re #113 DoB - I hope you like The Eyre Affair! Jasper Fforde is one of those authors that as soon as he puts out a book I have to go get it right away. The Eyre Affair is hilarious, and I think I may have to go re-read it again now.

The friendly UPS guy brought me Speak, Memory today. So excited!

Aug 7, 2008, 2:03 pm

>110 Vonini: Vonini, I see that I need to procure a copy of The Wanting Seed for Lucretia McEvil. Might open her eyes about her little borther.

>111 bnbooklady: booklady, everybody gets a say...we do what we do, and those not interested in our doin's can block us out either technologically or mentally. If the choice is made NOT to block us out, then on that person's head be it. These threads aren't anyone's club, and it makes me a little sad to think that ANYone would feel unwelcome to join in and comment away on anything at all posted here on LT. After all, if something can't be said aloud, it can't be typed here; if I'm talking freely, it's because I see no reason not to. I'm hardly revealing the intimate secrets of my life!

>113 DevourerOfBooks: Devourer, oh how I envy you that first contact with the inspired silliness of The Eyre Affair. May it be the first of many...well, as many as he's written, that is.

>114 jfetting: jfetting, I am a Nabokov fan, and a devourer of his books. Speak, Memory is one of my second-tier titles, but one I turn to when I need a fast hit of Vladdy. It's not as densely packed as the novels tend to be, so makes for a severable read.

Aug 7, 2008, 2:09 pm

I am totally defeating the whole point of the public library. After reading and loving library copies, I bought The Savage Detectives and Darkmans. I tell myself that someday my kids will ask for a good book and I will have plenty. Yeah, that's why.

Aug 7, 2008, 2:31 pm

richardderus I echo the sentiments above--I love your chit chat and like you said it is the reason I love LT. Keep on chit chatting please!!

Aug 7, 2008, 2:37 pm

After coming home from registering the last kid for school, I found evidence the big brown sleigh had stopped by. I gave a bit of a groan, too, because I thought I had stopped requesting ARCs... And I could have sworn I passed on these two, as well. But, there they are... mocking me from atop Mt TBarc...

The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
The Terminal Spy by Alan Cowell

*sigh* I'm so glad school starts on Tuesday! I might actually have some time to read in peace and quiet! And maybe I'll get caught up, too!

Aug 7, 2008, 3:03 pm

From Library:

Oxygen: A novel by Carol Wiley Cassella - loving it so far


The Lace Reader
Foreign Body by Robin Cook
Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman

Aug 7, 2008, 5:09 pm

I am one of the people who really likes the conversations and chit chat here on LT. I am married to a non-reader, so I very much enjoy the input on new books and being able to discuss books that I have read, authors that I like and authors I dislike, etc.

Only one book in today from the library: Stealing Athena by Karen Essex and also only one book in today's mail, A Puzzle in a Pear Tree by Parnell Hall.

Aug 7, 2008, 5:48 pm

119 caroline: enjoy The Lace Reader...it's just so deliciously good!

Aug 7, 2008, 7:31 pm

>117 momom248: momom, believe you me, I will keep a-chittin' the chat in my mamaw's inimitable phrase. Too many folks here are rigth there with me, gabbing away, to feel like stopping!

>118 thekoolaidmom: koolaidmom, I might actually have some time to read in peace and quiet! And maybe I'll get caught up, too!
I do so love your naivete, dear koolaidmom. The big brown sleigh won't stop making his rounds any time soon. Imagine if he did...UPS would send an investigator out to see if you were still breathing! I'm betting you *did* pass on those ARCs and the publishers sent the books to you out of habit.

>119 caroline123: caroline, please tell us what your ideas about The Lace Reader are when you're reading. Mr. Man and I loved it very much and still bring it up in conversation. It's a book that sticks with me, despite its many, many failings and flaws. {glances over shoulder for mckait&booklady, bearing hatchets and infuriated snarls}

>120 alcottacre: alcottacre, what is A Puzzle in a Pear Tree? Sounds interesting.

>121 bnbooklady: booklady, Mr. Man floated the idea of adopting a girl and naming her Brunonia again. Starting to worry a bit.

Aug 7, 2008, 7:42 pm

Oh good lord. Maybe kdt has a point. I forgot to post the books I got today! I had to go to Half Price to sell two big totes of books from the last un-picked-over boxes from my brother's garage. Well. The wait for an offer was an hour...in a bookstore...Mr. Man nowhere in sight...my buddy Nicky the authoress (published and everything!) is just not helpful when it comes to bookbuying impulse control...BUT they are all dollar books and I walked out with money!

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell

Three lousy bucks. Oh and a present for Nicky the authoress of A Wizard of Earthsea, since unaccountalby she'd never read the book as a child. Gonna ramp up that Ursula Le Guin cult any and every chance I have!

Aug 7, 2008, 7:50 pm

#80 mckait ~ Don't let Richard discourage you. Ellen Foster is one of my favorite books, and the one I mention as having the best first line ever, "When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy." What a way to get your immediate attention. Enjoy!

Aug 7, 2008, 8:27 pm

richard: I'm telling you, if Mr. Man is hellbent on repeating parenthood, you have to push for Sophya. Even Towner would be better than Brunonia. Good grief.

I did not acquire any books today, but I am still visiting my parents, and I think I should have several Shelf Awareness books waiting in my office on Monday.

Aug 7, 2008, 9:25 pm

Got a bunch of books in the mail today -

The Prize in the Game by Jo Walton
Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon
The book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Amagansett by Mark Mills
Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley
Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Blood memory by Greg Iles

Aug 7, 2008, 10:38 pm

Good gravy, booklady...imagine explaining your Aunt Brunonia to teenaged friends as she whizzes around on her trike while you babysit her for your papaw and his sugarplum, Mr. Man.

I begin to feel sorry for my grandson already. The granddaughter would only be about four if this happens so it wouldn't be quite so bizarre.

OMIGOD! I am talking like this is a faint possibility. I need the smelling salts.

Aug 8, 2008, 12:22 am

I finally got my books into my system so I can post them here:

Barnes & Noble
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler
Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake
The Last of the Angels by Fadhil al-Azzawi
The Mirador by Sarah Monette
The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
The Third Lynx byTimothy Zahn

Sun Storm by Asa Larsson (Ordered)
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Gale Force by Rachel Caine

Aug 8, 2008, 12:51 am

Barnes and Noble to fill time productively after a short dentist appointment:

Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht I own a copy, but I can't find it. The church is going to do a series of classes on it in the fall, so I bought a new one and hope I don't mislay it.
Selected Essays by Samuel Johnson because I claim to be an enthusiast and wanted my books consistent with my claim.
What Jesus Meant by Garry Wills It was on the bargain table on the way to the cashier. We all know that the meaning of the source text is inscrutable; maybe Mr. Wills has straightened it out.

And then today I got another coupon so I will have to visit their web site and the brick and mortar again soon.


Aug 8, 2008, 2:49 am

#122 richardderus: Puzzle in a Pear Tree is a book in a cozy mystery series that Parnell Hall wrote. The main protaganist is a lady believed to write crossword puzzles, although she does not write the puzzles, her niece does. The books are just one of those kinds of series that take little or no brain power and I read them just for the comfort.

Edited: Aug 8, 2008, 7:22 pm

finished all the book in #63 except for 1000 Years ...; I'll be working on this one 100 people at a time and at this point I have only gone through 400

Aug 8, 2008, 10:23 am

I recently received the following books:

The Observations-Jane Harris
Island of Lost Girls-Jennifer McMahon
The Ghost Orchid-Carol Goodman

Aug 8, 2008, 12:57 pm

I'm so confused... I think I posted what came into my home in the what am I reading this week... It's just too much!

UPS dropped off my copy of Kathleen McCleary's House and Home. (The touchstones are acting up on this one.) I was invited to be a host for one of the book blog tour stops, My first one!, and my day is September 26th. I'm looking forward to this!

#122 richard... you are probably right that they sent it to me out of habit... And I may be naive, but I can hope that I might get more done, housework if nothing else. ;-) Even if it's not reducing the number of books that are now crowding me out of my own room, at least the furniture will be dust-free!

Aug 8, 2008, 2:49 pm

Went on vacation and came back to the following:
White Nights by Ann Cleeves
When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

Since returning home early this week, I've
Bought at Borders:
The Peanut Allergy Answer Book by Michael C Young
A Christianity Worth Believing by Doug Pagitt
I Stink by Kate McMullan

Bought at Goodwill:
Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
In the Shadow of the Law by Kermit Roosevelt

It is important to know that of the 30 or so books I brought on vacation, I read 4. Even though one of them was long, at this rate I'm going to be buried in books relatively soon.

Aug 8, 2008, 4:16 pm


richardear can't discourage me. After all he stopped reading Passage after only 50 pages. * shakes head in mystification *luvya rd!

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

Portraits: A Novel by Cynthia Freeman

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics by Roland Merullo

The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall

My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar

The Wandering Fire (The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 2) by Guy Gavriel Kay

have all showed up in the last few days

Aug 8, 2008, 4:29 pm

Leaves of Grass - the next on my Banned Books list

Edited: Aug 8, 2008, 4:59 pm

>130 alcottacre: alcottacre, Oh. Sounds like something I would prefer to leave to them as likes 'em. Crossword puzzles are fantabulous ways to spend a Sunday with A Certain Family Member when holding a book pointedly in front of my face is simply too hostile. Other than that, not so much for me.

>133 thekoolaidmom: koolaidmom, dust-free furniture versus book time. I say let the dust bunnies proliferate.

>134 nancyewhite: nancyewhite, at least you'll go down happy, drowning in books.

>135 mckait: mckait. Now wait just a consarned minnit here little missy! I slogged agonizingly slowly through 75 godawful dull pages and I want full credit for each and every dreary, leaden syllable thank you very much. Hmmmph. Buy ME off with flattery, I don't even THINK so!

Aug 8, 2008, 5:01 pm

The Last Temptation by Val McDermid arrived from a Bookmooch member yesterday! Yay! Maybe now I'll finally finish reading The Mermaids Singing.

Edited: Aug 8, 2008, 5:08 pm

> 134 nancywhite
I know the feeling... we had to sell 1/3 of our books 3 years ago (moved to a smaller house), but I missed my Karl May collection so bad, that I ordered all 50 pockets again at a second hand on-line bookshop. So now I am waiting for them they did not come today, probably next week... sigh

Aug 8, 2008, 5:15 pm

In today's mai, I received another of the Cora Felton series, A Puzzle for the Clue Lady. I also picked up yet another hold book at the library, The Wednesday Sisters.

Edited: Aug 8, 2008, 5:54 pm

today....these critters invaded my home:

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant

Edie:An American Biography by Jean Stein

My Heart Laid Bare by J C Oates

The Claudine Novels...by Colette

i also started When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro..i know you all have raved about Never Let Me Go..but i don't own that one....WWWO has been on my shelf since 2002(talk about languishing!!!jeesh)

anyhow...has anyone read When We Were Orphans?...and could it be as..odd..as i think it will be...given the protagonist's...shall we say...tightly-wound nature/tone at the book's beginning...i can't wait to see how this tail/tale plays out

Aug 8, 2008, 6:08 pm

Amazon packages two days in a row - life is good. Today brought The Enchantress of Florence (which I had from the library but I ran out of time and bought it anyway) and The Cement Garden.

Aug 8, 2008, 6:16 pm

I just received the ARC of A Rule Against Murder, the latest Armand Gamache mystery by Louise Penny. My favorite mystery author! Woo hoo!

Aug 8, 2008, 6:22 pm

ooops! oh my richardear..


Richardear slogged agonizingly slowly through ,75 godawful dull pages of Passage, before coming to the conclusion that I was bordering on insanity for liking it.

You are cute you are are all red in the face like that Richardear. I am specifically failing to mention that you found The Lace Reader less than perfect....

I see you are hedging a bit on adopting baby Brunonia? tsk tsk

Aug 8, 2008, 6:55 pm

Richardderus: I've already been letting the dust bunnies proliferate... and let the grass grow well over the city ordinance... I've either got to take action or get a zoo permit! The cats are now running in terror to hide from Bun-zilla, Dust bunny of Terror!

Aug 8, 2008, 7:19 pm

I picked up two books at the library that came in today for me:

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Lush Life by Richard Price

Aug 8, 2008, 7:25 pm

In the mail from half.com I received Kahuna Magic by Bad Steiger and HUNA A Beginner's Guide by Enid Hoffman. What a great day.

Aug 8, 2008, 9:57 pm

Beauteous mail delivery from Barnes and Noble dot com.

Hartshorne: Process Philosophy and Theology edited by Robert Kane and Stephen H. Phillips
Physics and Whitehead edited by Timothy E. Eastman and Hank Keeton
Process Theology: a Basic Introduction by C. Robert Mesle
Process-Relational Philosophy by C. Robert Mesle
Principle of Relativity by Alfred North Whitehead
Mind & Emergence by Philip Clayton
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin

Seven more books to read immediately, and I have no idea when I will get to them.


Aug 8, 2008, 11:16 pm

>149 Mr.Durick: Robert, you have the most fascinatingly eclectic reading list of anyone in this place. I never know what will pop up in your posts, but I always know at least one title will send me scurrying to the 'zon to see just what the hell you're talking about. Thanks for that!

>147 ktleyed: ktleyed, you are in for a wonderful few reading days. I hope the Russo makes you feel as energized and ready for anything as it made me feel; and if The Lace Reader doens't make you swoon, well, that would be a sad thing. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

>146 thekoolaidmom: kool, ROFL that dust bunny is a laugh riot!! But I stand by my earlier comment...zoo permit, okay, but time away from books?! Outrageous!! Not to be suffered!!

>145 mckait: mckait, hmmmph.

>143 hemlokgang: hemlok, A Country Doctor is a woooooonderful summer book. Will the German laddies leave you any time to dig deeply into it? Even if not, Jewett's gloriously shinily polished prose will allow you the luxurious pleasure of dipping in and out without demanding more from you, in that insufferable Hemingway-esque "look!look!I'm a pretty sentence!" way.

>141 jdthloue: jdthloue, In the Company of the Courtesan is a super summer read and a book I can't find since the last time my daughter was here. The two events might not be causally related, but... When We Were Orphans was part of an Ishiguro binge I went on a while ago. I know that the preponderance of opinion here on LT is that The Remains of the Day is nigh unto perfect, but for me, An Artist of the Floating World packed more wallop. When We Were Orphans will give you a solid Ishiguro fix. Can't imagine you'll be sorry you read it. And the narrator seems weird to you now? Just give that puppy some time to unfold.

Read more of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and I am underwhelmed. Not bored, not unhappy, just underwhelmed. Who, back in 1999, thought this was worth a hardcover release? This is the perfect trade paper original, followed up by something substantial and (god one hopes) better thought through.

Aug 9, 2008, 12:46 am

Richardderus: See, that's the joy of audio books. I can read while I clean. :-D Except, I have to be careful which books to pick. With Twilight my dishes sat in the sink, in the soapy water, the whole day. I could not put the book down! Though, honestly, I think the last... oh, 40 pages could have been edited out.

I really enjoyed Twilight, and I can't wait for the movie to come out. I'm not sure I'm going to like their Edward and Bella though. My Edward looked like James Franco. I know he'd be too old to play 17 now, but isn't that one of the wonders of imagination? I could cast anyone from any time for any part? And that is part of what makes books-to-movies fail so miserably.

Aug 9, 2008, 2:46 am

Last night were waiting for me (through Marktplaats again):

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent (once I read it was similar to The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper, I was hooked)
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (I've been into sci-fi for some time now, but I've never read anything by Heinlein, shame on me!)

Aug 9, 2008, 9:59 am

150> Richarderus> I am looking at a pile of wonderful reads, but I want to finish Bleak House first......only about 400 pages to go :) The German kiddies are spending the night at my daughter's tonight, so I hope to settle into a good chunk of the book.........unless I fall asleep!

Aug 9, 2008, 10:34 am

I got a couple of wonderful international mooches in the mail:
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God, a collection of short stories by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. The movie Wristcutters: A Love Story was based on Keret's "Kneller's Happy Campers".
I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots by Susan Straight

and I recieved another ARC in the mail, but this one surprised me because it was given to the first 50, I think, to request it: Schooled by Anisha Lakhani. It looks interesting.

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The Prosecution of George W Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi
from Amazon

A Season In Purgatory by Dominick Dunne
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

From an LTer who is on BM, who is absolutely the sweetest young lady!
She lives nearby, sent the books PRIORITY and they arrived overnight..!
Can you imagine? Not only that but she included a pretty little card and sweet note. I am totally blown away by her kindness...

She has absolutely made my day and if there was a way to nominate her for BookMooch person of the month I would.

Aug 9, 2008, 12:47 pm

From a friend's tag sale:
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
The World and Other Places by Jeanette Winterson
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor by Kath Weston
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Poems
Denise Levertov: Collected Earlier Poems 1940-1960
The Summer of Black Widows by Sherman Alexie

I actually bought more than this but these are the ones I brought into my weekend house-in-the-country. The rest are in the car awaiting the trip to the city. I'll get the pleasure of unpacking books twice.

I did bring a dozen of my books to the collection room for the local library book sale. But that didn't even make a dent in the shelf space for the ones piled everywhere. It is an addiction.

Aug 9, 2008, 2:13 pm

Ines of my Soul by Isabel Allende
and I am still working on 1000 Years, 1000 People - have actually gotten through 500 now

Aug 9, 2008, 6:36 pm

Hubby & I got our FIX today ~

From Goodwill:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
London Bridges by James Patterson
Sin Killer by Larry McMurtry
Revenge of Innocents by Nancy T. Rosenberg
Hide and Seek by Fern Michaels
Sweetwater Seduction by Joan Johnston

From Local Book Shop:

Appaloosa by Robt. B. Parker
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

I also have a ton of books on their way from bookcloseouts.com ~ Now that I've used every available cupboard, closet and cubbyhole to store my books, I'm trying to figure out a way to use remaining (and ever growing) book stacks as a tasteful decorating scheme in several rooms of my house. :o) I liked the idea someone had about using four stacks with a heavy glass top for end tables and a nice coffee table?? **giggle** But I can just see it now, my husband would want to read the 4th one from the bottom of one stack, just to disrupt things. HA!

Aug 9, 2008, 7:34 pm

Aug 9, 2008, 7:44 pm

LOL! That's so cool! But for $299? EEEE Gads, I'll just build my own. :o) 'Course I won't have a nifty drawer built in though.....

Thanks emaestra, it's still a pretty neat lookin' thing. **smile**

Aug 9, 2008, 10:24 pm

Went to Half Price Books with some friends on the way home from the theater today. I told myself not to spend $25 (before using the coupon), but I ended up spending a bit more than that AFTER the coupon...I regret nothing!

Faeries (25th Anniversary Edition)
Jenna Starborn
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
The Crimson Petal the the White

Plus, two jazz cds.

Aug 9, 2008, 10:34 pm

Dang, SpiraledStar... I jealous! I want a Hornblower book, too! :-D I haven't been able to find any around here. I suppose I could order one from Waldens, but where's the fun in that! :-D

Aug 9, 2008, 10:44 pm

>17 Talbin:
You'll notice that the 20% coupons are the ones I didn't spend, which is why I allowed myself yarn. That Veronik Avery book was purchased with a 30% off coupon.

Just yesterday I found a coupon for a whopping 40% off and came home with A Leap in the Dark. Fortunately, they counted sales tax towards the $20 pre-discount minimum, or I would have been five cents under. (And of the three books I've now bought with that membership - I was talked into it the day I went to Borders to kill time and walked out with Lace Style - this is the first that isn't knitting patterns. I'd add a "Weird" to that, except that it isn't for me.)

Aug 10, 2008, 1:06 am

Armed with a 40% off coupon, a gift card, and my Rewards cards, I went into town today and, erm, went to town at Borders and B&N.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Twenty Years Later by Alexandre Dumas
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (hello, bargain books!),
and by Haruki Murakami,
After the Quake and Kafka on the Shore

I couldn't resist The Lace Reader after seeing the lot of you rave about it (and you all generally have good taste). And the rest, well, they jumped into my hands and I couldn't leave them there when they so clearly wanted to come home with me.

Aug 10, 2008, 3:33 pm

I picked up a copy of Knitting in America for a price even better than last week's 30% off or Friday's 40% off: it was free. It had been placed out front to be adopted (i.e., not in or near the trash, but where someone would reasonably be able to see it and pick it up). It's currently getting un-damp.

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shootingstarr: I LOVED The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox...it was just so surprisingly wonderful. Hope you enjoy! And you can't really go wrong with Haruki Murakami

ETA: is there really no touchstone for Murakami? Geez.

Aug 10, 2008, 10:07 pm

#167 ~ bnbooklady......I'm so excited to hear you say that you loved The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, as I recently acquired it and it's waiting it's turn in my TBR pile! I will look forward to reading it soon!!

Hubby and I visited a neighboring town's Goodwill today and came away with a HAUL!!

Hubby's Finds:

Valediction by Robt. B. Parker
All Our Yesterdays by Robt. B. Parker
The Widening Gyre by Robt. B. Parker
The Judas Goat by Robt. B. Parker
Gray Matter by Shirley Kennett
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

My Finds:

Clapton, The Autobiography by Eric Clapton
( I was THRILLED to find this in pristine condition ~ WOW)
The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
The Space Between Before and After by Jean Reynolds Page
River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg

We also got some other paperbacks for 99 cents to take to our local independent book store for credit.

I was ecstatic to find that Clapton book, at Goodwill, no less, in perfect condition complete with dust jacket, also in perfect condition. :oD I had listened to the audio version last winter and it was just amazing...of course, Clapton is one of my favorite musicians of all time, so I was totally captivated by the incredible journey through his life. If you are a fan of EC, and if you ever get a chance, read this book. It's a miracle the man survived it all, let alone going on to become an icon in the music world.

Aug 10, 2008, 10:15 pm

P.S. My hubby and I found a bookshelf in my storage unit that I forgot about ~ we cleaned it up, brought it home, and finally found a spot for it in a bedroom. Now we have a little breathing room for book storage! YAY! I would be willing to bet that all that room will be filled up by the end of next week, however. I have a huge batch of books coming from bookcloseouts.com. **sigh** (maybe I could find some room in the kitchen pantry?)

Aug 10, 2008, 10:59 pm

Yesterday I was early for a lunch date with friends so I decided to go for a wander to kill some time. I'd never been to that area before but my bookstore spotting skills are impressive :-) I bought:

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson. I was very excited because I didn't realise it was already on sale.
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho because it sounds interesting.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. I read this a couple of years ago but had to abandon my lovely hard cover copy in London when I had a packing emergency. The paperback was on sale so I HAD to buy it.

Aug 10, 2008, 11:57 pm

Borrowed from my mom: The Country of the Pointed Furs by Sarah Orne Jewett.

Aug 11, 2008, 12:12 am

From a Scrapbooking convention yesterday:
Pergamano Parchment Craft The Techniques, Step-by-step Volume 1 by Pergamano

It's a 2005 edition but wasn't in Amazon when I wanted to add it? Hmmmm...had to add it manually.

And from an antiques street fair today:
A Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature: Set of 2 Volumes Cyclopedia by John Kitto, publication date: 1845 edition - YAY!

Complete Guide to Modern Knitting and Crocheting by Alice Carroll, 1947 edition.

I'm soooo glad I found this thread and people who understand my need to buy books! :-)

Aug 11, 2008, 12:47 am

Arthritis in my knee is slowing me down, but I had two coupons, so I stayed in town after church.

From Barny Noble's:

Richistan by Robert Frank
Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge by A. C. Grayling; the coupon went towards this one.

From Borders:

How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand; I targeted this one for the coupon because I wasn't up to browsing.

I still have the on-line Barny Noble's coupon to use.

Richard, the purchases aren't eclectic. They are all about my relationship to the universe.

Welcome, vintage_books; I'm looking forward to seeing what you acquire in re Judaism. I'm looking for something on how the rabbis took over the synagogue and popular practice.


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Thank you Robert! I appreciate the welcome. I'm afraid that my library won't answer your question, but I posted a note over in the Judaica Group about my library. I have *a lot* of Machzors, etc for one person who is not a scholar and doesn't read Hebrew well. lol.

I'll keep looking for an answer for you as I'm one of those people who hasn't read all my books. Maybe I'll find your answer for you....

Aug 11, 2008, 10:04 am

I got to 600 in 1000 Years, 1000 People

I am in the middle of Ines of My Soul

Strange how lst week I read three books, pretty much one a day and then I get a book where I am only half way thru after three days.

Mary and/or Carol Higgins Clark are one-day reads, i.e. you can't put them down and they read fast. I find Stuart Woods is also hard to put down, as is Janet Evanovich and I am sure there are others.

Aug 11, 2008, 11:23 am

porchsitter: I thought The Dive From Clausen's Pier was phenomenal...it's dark and dense and very gripping. I hope you enjoy it. Ann Packer's second novel, Songs Without Words, was equally wonderful and just came out in paperback last month. Happy reading!

I think I must have acquired some new books this week, but I've been out of town, so I'm looking forward to getting home on Saturday and back in the office on Monday to see what's arrived.

Aug 11, 2008, 11:42 am

From BookMooch:
How to Be a Villian by Neil Zawacki

From St. Martin's Press:
Two copies of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, although a friend in my office already claimed the extra copy

From Little, Brown:
The Middle Grades Reader Pack, including:
If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut
The Mousehunter
Fortune's Magic Farm
Phenomena: Secrets of the Senses
Daniel X: Alien Hunter
Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Kat

Aug 11, 2008, 12:37 pm

From BookMooch I got Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones. I didn't realize it was a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, though. Does anyone know if I can read Castle without reading Howl first?

Aug 11, 2008, 1:10 pm

#176 ~ bnbooklady......thank you for the good word on The Dive From Clausen's Pier.....sounds delicious!!

I read Songs Without Words awhile back and loved it.

Have a great day everyone! I'm off to the dentist. :o(

Aug 11, 2008, 1:36 pm

I requested Hound of the Baskervilles for my son's summer reading via BookMooch which came in today. Although I'm pretty sure I read this back in school I've put it on my tbr list as well because it sounds interesting.

Aug 11, 2008, 2:13 pm

At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith


Aug 11, 2008, 6:50 pm

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We spend the weekend with my husbands brother, his wife and their family (Children and grandchild, dog and cat) in their mountain cottage.
Me and my man picket Blueberry (Huckleberry). They are smaller than the American and blue throughout. We found 15 l. My fingers are still blue. The Berries are in the freezer.
It was a nice trip and I was teached to play Yatzy.
I finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and we discussed his math-questions at the table. Fabulous book. And I started on next book A spot of Bother, by Mark Haddon
On the way home from the Mountains we bought more bookshelfs at IKEA.
The " The Earthsea Trilogy" of Ursula K. Le Guin is worth a try, it is not science fiction as in "star wars" it is books about people, very nice. I really think I must read them again.

Aug 11, 2008, 7:55 pm

Aug 11, 2008, 8:35 pm

I used the points from my credit card to get a Barnes and Noble gift card. So yay basically free books. :)

Today I bought:
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Aug 11, 2008, 9:03 pm

Four BookMooch books arrived, although 2 were freebies:

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett and
The Lonely Earl by Vanessa Gray plus the two freebies The Dutiful Daughter and The Masked Heiress. Thanks Jude!

Edited: Aug 11, 2008, 10:31 pm

in preparation for my ARC of The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel by David Liss, I picked up The Coffee Trader and A Conspiracy of Paper

also am very excited about The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age edited by Harry Turtledove which popped up on my bookmooch wishlist

Aug 12, 2008, 7:52 am

Just got back from the library with

Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Inès of My Soul by Isabel Allende
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and

Aug 12, 2008, 10:36 am

From BookMooch, I got Gossamer by Lois Lowry. The BMer sent it delivery confirmation. That's dedication! lol :-D I thought it was an ARC with that sticker.

Aug 12, 2008, 10:40 am

I just finished Ines of my soul.

Note to message 189 - notice that I did not capitalize the s in soul - that's how the database does it and the brackets don't seem to wotk if you don't enter the title its way!

I am still on 1000 Years, 1000 People and am at 601.

Will probably start my classical education today with Pride and Prejudice or maybe I'kk go back to that Terok Nor novel (Deep Space Nine) Day of the Vipers or maybe I'll do all three at once or at least I'll alternate.

Aug 12, 2008, 10:44 am

Aug 12, 2008, 10:49 am

#184 - sisaruus

I want your friends. My friends never have tag sales with fantastic books. I'm gonna have to talk to them about that.

My little boy often sings a song, perhaps you've heard it:
Your friends are my friends and
my friends are your friends...

I'm thinking that's a perfect song for the occasion :-)
Seriously--great haul!

Aug 12, 2008, 12:19 pm

I am still cataloging old books. I'm embarrassed, my legs ache after my mountaintrip this weekend. So I made me a new training-regime. The box with the old books are now placed in the main floor and my computer is in the 1.th floor, and I fetch just two books at a time, then I am running up and down the stairs. I haven't bought a new book for a week.

Aug 12, 2008, 12:51 pm

Just two today, one from RandomHouse, the other direct from an author:

Descartes' Bones by Russell Shorto
The River, By Moonlight by Camille Marchetta

Aug 12, 2008, 1:35 pm

#194 - I try to catalog both old (those hanging around) and new. I go to the library as well and borrow. There's just so much to read and other things to do as well, like read all the posts on my groups!!!!

Aug 12, 2008, 1:55 pm

Thank you Marktplaats again (last one for a while, I swear!):

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Aug 12, 2008, 2:03 pm

In the mail today:
American Gods, for my Gaiman collection
and World War Z, because my best friend keeps telling me that I *need* to read it.

Aug 12, 2008, 2:38 pm


I am mostly sticking to my book buying moratorium. I have a few outstanding mooches... thats it.


Aug 12, 2008, 2:58 pm

#199...mckait....Good Luck sister...i can never stick to a self-imposed Moratorium....and i should..books all over my house...and i just joined BOOK MOOCH!!! is that crazy, or what?

Aug 12, 2008, 3:03 pm

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Aug 12, 2008, 3:42 pm

Today and yesterday I got: Zazie in the Metro (I've had this on my wishlist for almost a year, The Pacific and Other Stories, The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Lady in the Van, Already Dead, and The Space Between Us. Some of this stuff looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

Aug 12, 2008, 7:13 pm

I am now reading Day of the Vipers, a DS9 novel
Pride and Prejudice

and am continuing 1000 Years, 1000 People

this should keep me busy for a while

I haven't actually shopped in a bookstore in a while.
My son keeps me supplied with the sc-fi and the Friends group at our library has a booksale twice a year (that I used to acutally run). I get plenty of books there and then I read them and give them back for someone else to enjoy.

Aug 12, 2008, 7:26 pm

I know... seriously, jdthloue.

This is hard. I am trying to not even mooch for a while. I did manage to get a few more books onto shelves.. and pulled a couple more to put up on mooch..
cross your fingers for me..

I am shooting for oct 1.


Aug 12, 2008, 8:24 pm

mckait--good luck--you are a better person than me if you can last til 10/1!!

Aug 12, 2008, 9:20 pm

I try to only buy second hand books, the way gas prices are nowadays.... or borrow them from the library. Since I work in one, that's very easy for me. So is access to the Friends bookstore :)

Today I came home with Dragon Token by Melanie Rawn

Irish Princes - The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherford
Maelstrom - The Twins of Petaybee, Book 2 by Anne McCaffrey

Aug 12, 2008, 9:37 pm

From BookMooch:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

From B&N:

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Aug 13, 2008, 2:17 am

My first purchase in two months (woo-hoo!): After Dark by Haruki Murakami.

Aug 13, 2008, 3:52 am

#204: Oklahoma, oh I envy you the sci-fi, I didn't even know it was so many star trek books. Never seen them in my bookshop. Wrong side of the world I guess.
# 206: mckait. Yes it is hard. I try to avoid buying new books too at the moment so I shall weep with you.
In the days oldbox-books I found the missed Tolkien books, hurray.

Aug 13, 2008, 8:35 am

I got four books from BookMooch - thank you Chris! for sending them sooner than expected and in such good shape -

Crusader's Torch
Blood Games
Out of the House of Life
Path of the Eclipse

All are by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and are all in the Saint-Germain vampire series. Major excitement.

Aug 13, 2008, 9:21 am

210> I thought After Dark was wonderful. I hope you enjoy it!

Aug 13, 2008, 11:04 am

211> The Star Trek books have been a lucky find. I bought one a couple of weeks ago, and then suddenly there were Star Trek books everywhere to buy. I never knew there were so many either...and this is just a few compared to how many were written. Wow! I hope you can find some, they are really fun.

Edited: Aug 13, 2008, 11:58 am

I go off for a few days and there are too many comments I WANT to comment back about....

At my brother's for a week, making changes to my plans after both he and Mr. Man sat me down and talked sternly to me about a man with vertigo driving 1500-2000 miles by himself, cell phones be damned. They are NOT interested in seeing this plan move forward, so now I'm getting moving company bids. Mr. Man said he would stand in front of the truck and call the cops on me for creating a public-safety hazard if I so much as tried to pull out, so I guess they're really worried.

>173 Mr.Durick: Robert, as a relationship to the Universe goes, you're exploring many fascinating and exciting areas. Most people I know don't think that deeply. Makes your library all the more intriguing.

>188 clif_hiker: kcs, I loved A Conspiracy of Paper a lot and The Coffee Trader was intriguing to me. I also recommend, though not as a necessity, A Spectacle of Corruption which is the sequel to Conspiracy. I am very impressed with Mr. Liss's historical works. Not so much the modern-day novel he released which got the Pearl-Rule 50 and went to Goodwill.

>194 IaaS: IaaS, cataloging old books will continue for me until shortly after I assume room temperature, I fear. But it's a delightful way to spend time with old book-friends ain't it?

>204 Oklahoma: Oklahoma, what a binge! If you were an alcoholic and that was a list of drinks, we'd be pricing wreaths...I am supremely envious.

>206 mckait: mckait, October first. Really. I see. *snickers up sleeve of jammies, which he is still wearing at 11am CDT because he can*

Aug 13, 2008, 12:03 pm

I can do it.. I know I caan? well, I hope I can. I go back to work next monday, that takes hours of time to shop out of my day, so .....

Aug 13, 2008, 12:14 pm

richardderus, you are just such a sweet LT'er :-D You always communicate with everyone and not just post your info and leave... sometimes I'm bad about that. :-\

From BookMooch, I got Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary for my Maggie. She's been looking forward to it. We're in the middle of Molly Moon right now, and it's an absolute hoot! Just the right mix of orphan despair, gross and disgusting, and humorous events. I forget who suggested this series as a replacement for our Junie B.s, but they hit it out of the park!

I also got a review book from Bostwick, When a Man Loves a Woman by La Connie Taylor-Jones. I had totally forgot I had requested it, and if a copy of my email asking for it, I would have thought they were stalking me. ;-)

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>216 mckait: mckait, yes dear of course you CAN do it...but whyever would one WANT to do such a lunatic thing?

>217 thekoolaidmom: koolaidmom, aw gee! I like that part of LT so much it's meat and drink (paper and ink?) to my bibliovorous soul. As to posting responses, I think some of us just don't have that kind of time and energy, like those with kids and blogs. You get a pass, since you always post a way for us to find out what you think about your varied and fascinating reading habits.

Aug 13, 2008, 1:22 pm

richard --I agree w/ your brother and Mr. Man--that's a hell of a long way to drive alone--you need to have someone go with you just for safety. Again all the best w/ your move--its such a stressful time.

Aug 13, 2008, 2:06 pm

I received The Grift by Debra Ginsberg and The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw today from RandomHouse and HarperCollins, respectively.

Aug 13, 2008, 2:10 pm

dratit richardear... i just mooched two books.

but I did not buy any!!!!

Aug 13, 2008, 3:03 pm

Still counting the days til I return to work on Monday and can see what the book gods have delivered.

mckait: good luck on the book-buying moratorium...I'll try it someday, but I know I'd fail right now.

richardderus: welcome back! And give Mr. Man our heartfelt thanks for protecting you (and us) for dangerous driving. I appreciate it. :)

Aug 13, 2008, 3:22 pm

The Book Fairy left The Grift on my doorstep this afternoon. I suspect the MIB (Man In Brown)

Aug 13, 2008, 4:45 pm

to 214 - I used to keep every Star Trek that was written but I finally needed the space for other things. My son keeps my shelf filled with them - at least a couple of the series - he's not into TOS.

I like them myself - a nice, easy and fun read, especially if you have seen the series and the movies.

Aug 13, 2008, 5:02 pm

>218 richardderus: hi momom! They're right, and I see sense when it's pointed out so pointedly. I don't want to believe that I am no longer 21 and able to anything I darned well please. Since my younger brother just turned 40 a few days ago, I guess it's time to let reality back in. *grumble*

>221 mckait: mckait, well then! No money changed hands. No sale = no purchase = intact resolve.

I can rationalize anything.

>222 bnbooklady: booklady, yoo-hoo dearie. The pile will most likely be phenomenal. Please to catalog? I am curious. How are the rents?

>223 thekoolaidmom: koolaid, MIB! Who drives the Big Brown Sleigh! ROFL

Aug 13, 2008, 5:20 pm


Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris...i loved Holy Fools.
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The Diary of a Young Girlby Anne Frank...i read this in 6th grade but my copy got lost in all of my peregrinations..so now i own a copy

>221 mckait: mckait...still wish you luck on the moratorium..i picked these books up at freaking Walmart!!!Jeesh!

Aug 13, 2008, 5:28 pm

>226 jdthloue: jdt, there is no safe place for the biblioholic any more. Wal-Mart = crack vendor anyway, but the books section frequently has me shrieking in terror as my base self wants them ALL.

Aug 13, 2008, 5:36 pm

I went into my local treasure house today (everyone else just calls it the library) and came out with a bunch:

Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Speak, Memory by Valdimir Nabakov

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman and Nancy Freedman

Aug 13, 2008, 6:17 pm

Speak, Memory! West with the Night!! Doctor Thorne The Awakening A Separate Peace...alcottacre, please don't say these are library books that *shiver* must be returned! The pain, the pain....

Aug 13, 2008, 7:11 pm

I love the library. So many interesting tidbits and it's all free and then I don't have to find places to keep them - before or after I read them.

Aug 13, 2008, 7:21 pm

Don't foget the HUGE power surge one gets in a library--it's all there (or on its way via interlib loan) just for the asking. It's what made me a reader and want a library of my own.

Aug 13, 2008, 7:35 pm

>229 richardderus: richard....the library? don't go near it anymore sine i hate the thought of Returning a book i might Love!!!shudder to think...and those folks don't look kindly on...Book Thieves....!!!so veddy sorry...i will stay away

and Walmart...i like the one in Marietta OH...much better selection of books/Cds/DVDs....oh i swoon at the thought...but i had my Fix for the nonce!

good to have you back, by the by!!!

Aug 13, 2008, 8:02 pm

DevourerofBooks and thekookaidmom - I got The Grift today, too! Hooray for RandomHouse and the Book Fairy, of course.

Edited: Aug 13, 2008, 8:17 pm

It's been a good couple days for books:

Paradise Lost by John Milton, the edition with an introduction by Philip Pullman. It's this lovely, heavy book with pictures and the smoothest, silkiest paper. I love it. Pullman's comments are a lot of fun - he's a huge fan of the poem, and readers can really pick up on that.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer - I've already started, and it's wonderful. I really like that the story is told through letters.

101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance - my dog and I are working on "roll over", "which hand", and "fetch".

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh - from the ER bonus batch, an Everyman's library hardcover/movie tie-in. Yay!

Aug 13, 2008, 9:00 pm

To my considerable surprise there was a book package from the SciAm Book Club in the mail:

The Power of Critical Thinking by Lewis Vaughn; I may never be able to think very well, but I can at least try to keep improving.
The Oxford Companion to Cosmology by Andrew Liddle and Jon Loveday; the take-a-few-steps-back picture of the universe to which I try to relate.

There was a bonus, not one but two Edward R. Hamilton catalogs.


Aug 13, 2008, 9:14 pm

Some used books I ordered arrived today:

The Zero by Jess Walter
In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist by Robert Klitzman

Then, I went to the library, and I returned with these- I'm participating in the Dewey Decimal Challenge, so this helps me fill out some needed categories:

The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex
Standing on Holy Ground by Sandra Johnson
Holyland USA by Peter Feuerherd
After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
Death by Black Hole by Neil Tyson

Edited: Aug 13, 2008, 10:10 pm

After swearing up and down that I wasn't going to buy any more books until Christmas (my TBR is currently teetering in the 300 book range- and that's just what I own), I went to the bookstore with a friend today.


I walked out with:
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

I also ordered some books online the other day, but I'll list them when they get here.

I'm going to be good now. Really. (And don't laugh at me, richardderus! I saw you laughing at mckait when she said she was going to stay away from book buying until October!)


Aug 13, 2008, 10:18 pm

I got The Paston Letters and Angels and Demons today through BookMooch.

Aug 13, 2008, 11:19 pm

>230 koalamom:-232, I have no quibble with libraries as libraries. I simply can't bear to part with a book that I adore, and as jdt *waves hi* says, the librarians frown on book thieves. Actually, so do I.

>237 shootingstarr7: shoot, that muffled sound you hear is most certainly *NOT* me laughing. Oh no. Ignore the chortles, giggles, and snickers, too.


Aug 13, 2008, 11:45 pm

>239 richardderus:, I'm trying to aim high here. *grumbles* I don't know why I bother, since I can't seem to go one week. I work at a very small library, and two of my coworkers told me they were going to break me of my book buying habit. We'll see.

At the very least, I should be able to make it through the next week and a half. I hope. After that, I'll take it one day at a time.

Aug 13, 2008, 11:54 pm


Well you clearly cannot NOT buy The Gargoyle. That should practically be required reading between now and Christmas. And we all know how hard it is to buy just one.

Aug 14, 2008, 12:05 am

>241 DevourerOfBooks:, I have to admit, your praise of it is one of the reasons I bought The Gargoyle. I read your review, and I was intrigued. I don't think my library owns it, so I had to buy it.

Aug 14, 2008, 12:44 am

#226 ~ jdthloue....I also read The Diary of a Young Girl in my youth, and would you believe, I still have my original copy. It was truly one of the most powerful books I've ever read. Do you recall seeing the movie (the first one) based on her life story? It was incredibly moving as well.

Aug 14, 2008, 3:07 am

>243 porchsitter55:~porchsitter55....i probably did see the movie...with Shelley Winters???..anyway that's the one i ...dimly...recall....my memory ain't what it used to be....no i don't have dementia, except where books/book buying is concerned. my original copy of The Diary of a Young Girl disintegrated some time after college and i never replaced it. i kept *meaning to* and the road to H...L is paved with good intentions...

>237 shootingstarr7:~shootingstar7..wow you scored a copy of Blonde...i am still searching...out here in the Hinterlands.....and i liked Silk very much
and now you all are raving about The Gargoyle....what is a poor gal to do????so many darn books! Jeekers!

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 3:23 am

#229 richardderus: Unfortunately, they will have to go back. On the other hand, I can always check them out again and I can also check out more treasures!

Aug 14, 2008, 3:25 am

>244 jdthloue:, Yes it was a good day at B&N. I scored books I didn't even know I was looking for (and Silk is definitely one of those books I was looking for without realizing it. I read it tonight and thought it was beautiful).

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 6:16 am

I should probably take the pledge, although I have been buying fewer books lately.

I have started getting the shelf-awareness e-mail and occasionally find an ARC and joned BookMooch at the end of July. I've gotten 10 ARCs and am in the process of getting 10 BookMooch books. Plus, I've gotten 3 ER books here from LT. My husband comments on the number of packages arriving for me.

I really don't NEED to buy books except that the Thrift Shop occasionally has great books and amazon.com calls to me.....

The problem with Library books is that I end up paying for a portion of them anyway because I am SO not good at returning them on time. I hate library fines and have given up on getting books at the library.

Aug 14, 2008, 8:07 am

From my subscription to Open Letter's '08 -'09 releases, comes their first book ever published:

Nobody's Home by Dubravka Ugresic

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 9:24 am

Hey, 232 and 239, the nice thing about borrowing a book is you can read it first and if you don't like (perish the thought), you can return it and you aren't out anyn money. BUT if you like it you can go and find it at a book store or sale or wherever!

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 9:24 am

247 fines can be a problem, but as I hate having things lyng around, I usually get books back in a couple of days, I am waiting for themto tell me I can actually keep them for two weeks, but I hate to hang on to something that someone else might want to read - and I have had that happen (to me actually)

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 2:06 pm

I fell off the wagon.

I accidently went to B&N and bought 6 books from the 75% off table.
How could i not????? They were each less than $1.50. Impossible.

Dragon Fire by William S. Cohen

The Ha Ha by Dave King

The Diary of Jean-Jacques Coupier by Hollie Van Horn

Night Listener, The tie-in: A Novel (P.S.) by Armistead Maupin

Howard Hughes: Aviator by George J. Marrett

Black Ice by Matt Dickinson

& The World Below by Sue Miller came from mooch

eta to add touchstones

Aug 14, 2008, 2:15 pm

shootingstarr7--good luck--but Christmas--that's awfully far away don't you think? You are a better person than me if you can do that long without buying a book. I think the longest I went was 2--maybe 3 weeks.

mckait--good luck--you are doing good so far--Oct. is only 6 weeks away. But if you make it that far--how many will you buy then (I visualize an 18 wheeler backing into your driveway to deliver what you bought on 10/1-- LOL).

For me--I just cannot stop buying--its really an addiction!

Aug 14, 2008, 2:38 pm

I got in a box from Hamilton Books today containing The Few: The American Knights of the Air by Alex Kershaw, The Sinking of the Lancastria by Jonathan Fenby, The Unknown Battle of Midway by Alvin Kernan, Dead Man's Bones by Susan Wittig Albert, The Sign of the Book by John Dunning and then the big brown sleigh brought me The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon from Amazon. Shadow has to rank as one of my favorite books of the year.

And I am off to the library again this afternoon. Who knows what other treasures I will wind up with?

Aug 14, 2008, 3:38 pm

>251 mckait:...mckait

Falling Of The Wagon...is so "Much Fun"..to me, anyway (and isn't my grammar great? for someone with an erstwhile BA in English Lit?? (don't bother to answer..i know my weakness)

i only hope you like/love the books you got

you go gal!!!

Aug 14, 2008, 4:19 pm

OK, just back from the library and I picked up the following: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod, Shutterbabe by Deborah Copaken Kogan, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, and The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner.

Aug 14, 2008, 4:43 pm

#251 ~ mckait......LOL! Oh that cracked me up....I shouldn't laugh but you are so funny. We can all relate, I'm sure.

I "accidently" bought 16 books from bookcloseouts.com and they arrived today!!! YIPPEE!

Still River by Andrew Rosenheim
Soft Target by Stephen Leather
Night Crossing by Don J. Snyder
Liar, Liar by Gabrielle Williams
Taking Lives by Michael Pye
My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell
The Music Room by Dennis McFarland
The Missing Piece by Antoine Bello
The Walkaway by Scott Phillips
Quality of Care by Elizabeth Letts


Hoax by Robert K. Tannenbaum
Yellow by Janni Visman
Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
Last Call by James Grippando
The Middle Ages by Jennie Fields
The Judas Strain by James Rollins


I think I may have accidently ordered more the other day, and that box should be arriving shortly. Heeee!

Hey, it's like this......my philosophy is: I could be spending my money on worse things than books. I quit smoking 10 years ago, so whenever I start to feel guilty about buying books, I think, well at least books won't give me a heart attack or lung cancer!

OK, so it's rationalization, but it's true!!

Aug 14, 2008, 5:03 pm

On the day I get web access in New York, there will be a cataloging frenzy. My old acquaintance Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books, sent me an email notice of a sale on his company's titles: Buy two from their website, get a third of equal or lesser value free, and free shipping in the US. Since I like Johnny's taste in literature, most especially the Noir series (Manhattan Noir, Havana Noir, Chicago Noir) of short fiction in le vein noir (ain't I just pretend pretentious to beat the band?), I had no trouble finding stuff to buy. Should I have spent the money? No. Am I sorry? No. So traipse off to their website and I bet you'll find something great to read that you'd never heard of before. I got this book and this book and my freebie was this one, and for under $40 I get three books shipped to me and the pleasure of supporting a really innovative press.

Do the same? Make an old, fat man happy? Please?

Aug 14, 2008, 5:49 pm

So far this month:

Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry
Lanterns and Lances

Concepts of Mission

I also ordered my textbooks for next semester this week.

Aug 14, 2008, 6:14 pm

From PBS: Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

An ARC: The Grift by Debra Ginsberg

richardderus - I've got the site up, and I'll take a look around when my son isn't demanding my attention.

Aug 14, 2008, 6:19 pm

Mr. Booklady informed me that The Grift was delivered yesterday...can't wait to get back in town and see what else is waiting for me in..well, I would say in Readerville, except there were some trademark issues I didn't know about when I set up that blog, so I've moved to The Book Lady's Blog and will be posting my TBRs and reviews there from here on out.

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 6:21 pm

>259 nancyewhite: nancy, take your time...and let me know how The Grift turns out! It sounded very interesting.

ETA Oh oh booklady! That sounds omnibus. How are things there? I hope your trip back is eventless.

Aug 14, 2008, 6:21 pm

>256 porchsitter55:...yeah you ACCIDENTALLY bought
16 books!!!??...lord love you lady!!

Aug 14, 2008, 6:49 pm

#257 richardderus: Who is the old fat man? You or Johnny?

I will check out the site (no promises, though, on buying) when I get home from work. With the books I got in today, I may have to lay low for a bit - my hubby does not know about them yet!

Aug 14, 2008, 8:09 pm

#256: porchsitter55. My husband tells me that " The Sums of the Sins are Constant", if he's right books isn't the worst Sin to have a lot of.
I must go to bed, its late and the cats want to sleep, they have returned from their eveninghunt. No mouse today.

Aug 14, 2008, 8:31 pm

Today I received, The House At Riverton-Kate Morton from PBS.

Aug 14, 2008, 8:57 pm

porchsitter55--I was saying a similar thing recently to a coworker who debated and felt guilty buying some books. I said look at it this way--you quit smoking and saved X amount of $ this past year--spending $50 on books is ok!!

Aug 14, 2008, 8:59 pm

Mr. Booklady just reported that two more books were delivered this afternoon...or, at least, he thinks they're books, but he hasn't opened them yet. I'm dying to know what's inside!

Edited: Aug 14, 2008, 9:01 pm

#262 ~ jdthloue...... Yes!! It just happened without me realizing it, and of course, after the order was placed, what could I do??? (struggling to keep a straight face) Same with the second order!! (that website is EVIL) HEEEEE!

#264 ~ IaaS.....You and your husband are absolutely right. As a matter of fact, I am actually also doing my part to conserve gasoline, by staying home and reading...and if I am to continue this selfless stand against the rising cost of oil, I have no choice but to continue to buy books ......right??? **grin** (yeah, that's it....oil prices!)

Aug 14, 2008, 9:07 pm

#266 ~ momom....you got it!! When you consider, I was a 2 pack a day smoker, plus my hubby was also a 2 pack a day smoker....that's what, about $14 a day nowadays....so that would be about $5,110.00 a year on cigarettes.....hmmmm.....actually I should be spending MORE money on books, not less!!! Cool!! LOL!

Aug 14, 2008, 9:38 pm

I'm going to try to do this Thing..if i blow it i am sure you all will tell me>>>

i have been reading since i was 4-years old..give or take 1955.

Reading = Breathing (to me)..is there....although the man i am seeing is telling me to "burn my books"..he is a Nature Boy.5 hour hikes??? spare me the pain
.ii'd rather read/cook/watch a movie...Jeeks!!!

my library was in Storage..upstairs in my house...when my Father was dying of cancer (2002)...now my books are downstairs and visible..so i can't get too excited about recent titles..i bought all those older books for a reason..now i know Why!!!

i guess..i want to say..i love you folks who respond to my infrequent posts...you have given me many ideas..for books to read..and i have found a home ..of fellow Book Junkies

wave our freak flag high
thank you all....JUDE

Aug 14, 2008, 9:43 pm

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Snake Agent by Liz Williams arrived this week.

Aug 14, 2008, 9:48 pm

Tip for the bookcloseout junkies---

I put the books in my shopping cart and unless I've found one that is on my wish list or a classic, I just leave them in the cart for a few days. I monitor the number of copies they have and think about how badly I want the books. Only once did I miss out on a book when I finally checked out. OTOH, I once ordered two different editions of Coetzee's Slow Man at the same time. One was at the top of the list and the other at the bottom!

Right now I have about eight in the cart from the dollar sale--which I didn't even know about until someone posted it here!

Aug 14, 2008, 10:05 pm

My dear husband *insisted* that we go to Barnes & Noble today, so I meekly complied ;-) I bought:

Lying With Strangers by James Grippando
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann
Emma by Jane Austen

Can't wait to begin The 19th Wife.

Aug 14, 2008, 10:07 pm

Nice call on The 19th Wife, I thought it was quite good.

Aug 14, 2008, 10:10 pm

One new book:

BookMooched from Israel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James.

Two books loaned out returned in perfect shape (hooray!):

My sister mailed back my copy of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

My co-worker Kazuko came back after a week of vacation and returned Breaking Dawn to me (she borrowed it for her daughter). I'll finally get to read it!

Aug 15, 2008, 12:35 am

Half of a Barny Noble's order came today.

The Plausibility of Life by Marc W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhart; this is to fill in some gaps, but it is not urgent reading.
Maldoror & the Complete Works of the Count de Lautreamont by Isidore Ducasse; I have to slack off buying the books that intrigue me on The Chapel of the Abyss.

Maybe tomorrow the other half with the expensive book that I got with a coupon that made me make the order -- not an accident.


Aug 15, 2008, 1:45 pm

>270 jdthloue: jdt, Reading = Breathing could be the LT tag line/service mark. It's certainly breathing for the brain.

*mwaaah* (cyber-smooch)

>273 caroline123:, please please may I borrow your husband? I promise to return him in the condition I found him, but I need an excuse to go to the bookstore and he sounds like the perfect fit!

Aug 15, 2008, 1:52 pm

Oh, I'm extremely excited about what I got today. First I received The Triumph of Deborah, which the author asked if she could send me to review on my blog (how could I say no?).
Second, I emailed RandomHouse exactly one week ago asking if they might want to send me a copy of The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss to review, since I wasn't lucky enough to snag it from ER. Surprisingly enough, they DID want to send it to me, and now it is here!

Aug 15, 2008, 2:11 pm

>278 DevourerOfBooks: Devourer, I seethe with envious misery that you scored The Whiskey Rebels.

I don't know what it will mean acquisition-wise, but I will be attending my first-ever ArmadilloCon on Sunday to hear an Alternate History panel. Joe R. Lansdale will be on the panel, and I like his stuff (Savage Season, Two-Bear Mambo, Bad Chili among the Hap Collins books, A Fine Dark Line among the alternate history titles); I'm excited to be able to go to the 30th anniversary edition of this fest.

Further posts as the success of sales-room-itis warrants.

Edited: Aug 15, 2008, 2:17 pm

Just finished reading Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. Hadnt read this author before... really love his style. The book is set in colonial times in Burma and spans across Malaya and India... very touching.

Aug 15, 2008, 2:23 pm

I just brought home two audio books from the library:

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson and
Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper

I started the Bryson already, and can tell I'm going to love it.

Aug 15, 2008, 2:42 pm

From The Library:
* 5 Novels - Daniel Pinkwater
* Viriconium - M. John Harrison
* 20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill
* The Knife Thrower - Steven Millhauser

From The Bookstore:
* Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
* New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
* Eric - Terry Pratchett

So... much... wordy... goodness.... *drool*

Aug 15, 2008, 2:49 pm

I am at 700 in 1000 Years, 1000 People
I am reading slowly Day of the Vipers a ST:DS9 novel
I am struggling with Pride and Prejudice - sorry to my friends on this one

I'll need to find a one day read when I get through these - maybe a Dick Francis?

Aug 15, 2008, 3:02 pm

I convinced Mr. Booklady to open those packages for me last night, and they were 2 copies of The Disorder of Longing by Natasha Bauman, who very kindly requested that I read and consider reviewing her book on my blog . Like devourerofbooks, how could I say no?

Aug 15, 2008, 3:16 pm

>284 bnbooklady: booklady, and more to the point, why WOULD you say no?!

And when I finish my novel Queen Matilda's Tapestry, will you be an early reader of it to tell me honestly how bad/good it is?

>283 koalamom: koalamom, Pride and Prejudice took me three years to read. In the end, I was glad that I had read it, but I surely am not going to re-read the blessed thing ever again.

Because of books entered by fellow Thingamabrarian P_T_Mack, I went to Amazon and 'zonned up 8--that's right, EIGHT--new books to be delivered to my New York address. My aunt must think I am a lunatic for the number of boxes arriving with my name on them. She knows me well enough to know that they're books, and she's an avid reader herself, but at last count I have TWENTY-TWO BOOKS to be delivered there. So far. And the book census already there? A few thousand.

*draws a deep breath*

Hello, my name is Richard and I am a biblioholic. I am powerless over my addiction to books.

Aug 15, 2008, 3:55 pm

Bookjunkie sounds right too.
My mother, who is 92,5 years old, wanted to go to the shoppingsenter today to get a new dress. We are all invited to a familyparty next month. We found her a nice little black dress, and she wanted to bye me one too. She found me a super black fashion dress that made me look slim and faboulous. She gave it to me and said I deserved it. Isn't she wonderful ? I have never owned a dress that expensive (About 400 dollars).
To celebrate I went to the bookshops 50 % shelf and found me 1 (one- good eyy) book:
"Ville hester" Wild Horses by Dick Francis.
Fantastic day.

Aug 15, 2008, 4:09 pm

richardderus - to misquote Mark Twain - "a classic is a book that everybody talks about, but no one wants to read"

I, too, am glad to have read (or will as I am halfway through) it, but I will put the book away and read the second story in it (Sense and Sensibility at another time. That I am reading two other books right now as well doesn't help.

and i concur - My name is Sharleen and I am a biblioholic, too! And proud of it (my mom was and my kids are)

Aug 15, 2008, 4:15 pm

>286 IaaS: IaaS, anything that makes one look slim and fabulous should be treasured forever! Price be damned, that kind of help is worth all kinds of money.

>287 koalamom: koalamom, good on you to have raised little biblioholics! I did too...my daughter is one.

Aug 15, 2008, 4:16 pm

I keep telling my family that I am taking a break from BookMooch for a while..........not............it just doesn't work!

My name is Ferris and I am a biblioholic, from a long line of biblioholics. I refuse to seek treatment!

Edited: Aug 15, 2008, 4:21 pm

*waves supportingly to richarderus* Hi Richard. I'm afraid I can't say that you've come to the right place for the cure... you see, we're all just a bunch of enablers here ;-)

I got variety today:

I got Ballyhoo, Buckaroo and Spuds from PBS. I'm a bit of a word freak, and love reading about word's and phrase's origins.

From BookMooch I got Matheson's The Incredible Shrinking Man and The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde.

and through Bostwick, I think, The Mysterious Receding Seas by Richard Guy.

(Touchstones are being a pain, again.)

Aug 15, 2008, 4:28 pm

>289 hemlokgang: hemlok, attaway ta do it! Refuse PROUDLY that "help" that so isn't help.

In this case.

>290 thekoolaidmom: koolaid, how de do. I am blaming YOU for the fact that I just went BACK to the 'zon and ordered two more books.

Mr. Man will have the fantods when he sees what I hath bought.

Aug 15, 2008, 5:23 pm

A Breathtaking Work of Staggering Genius made its way to my door today via mooch.

Its true, all here are addicted to reading in varying degrees..me included!
I am thinking the book moratorium is just too much to ask of myself. My husband smokes more than a pack a day of cigs.. so at least my spending is leaving me with something tangible . I only spend my own money on books, so I have to be fairly careful as my post bills paycheck is alarming!

But I love my books... maybe instead of a buying moratorium I should be on a guilt moratorium? y'all too!

Aug 15, 2008, 7:01 pm

Bought my course books for this fall term:

Antigone, Sophocles
Oresteia, Aeschylus
Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich
The Three Theban Plays, Sophocles
Discourse on Inequality, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Discourse on Method and Related Writings, Rene Descartes
Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
Helen in Egypt, HD
Cassandra, Christa Wolf
Women in Greek Myth, Mary R Lefkowitz
Euripides, Euripides
Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud
Galileo, Bertolt Brecht

And since I was in the university bookstore, I also picked up:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
High Rise, JG Ballard

Now, before I start all that I think I need to go read some nice, mindless fluff.

Aug 15, 2008, 7:11 pm

mindless fluff can be good too, especially to us bibliophiles

and to richard - mine also reads in portugese, but she's expected to to finish her degree - yeah, I raised both of my kids right

Aug 15, 2008, 7:33 pm

It was like Christmas when I went to the mailbox today.

From BookMooch:
Smart vs. Pretty by Valerie Frankel

From Borders.com:
The Vicomte de Bragelonne and Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas

I ordered the books Monday night, which means that I haven't yet violated my "no more buying books til Christmas" rule. And while I'd like to be on mckait's guilt moratorium, I'm trying to save money to get out of my parent's house, so the books aren't helping that goal at all.

Aug 15, 2008, 7:51 pm

My name is Maureen and I too am like all of you above a biblioholic and I too am so darned proud of it. To be there is nothing better!!! Oh and I am also and enabler--I enable my co worker in buying books usually on a daily basis by recommending many to her.

Aug 15, 2008, 7:59 pm

>292 mckait: mckait, husband-smoke is leaving you with a tangible result too: Increased risk of lung and other cancers.

Boo hiss smoking. Besides, it stinks.

>295 shootingstarr7: starr, okay well then glad you said so! NO ONE tempt starr with any nummy reader-treats because there is a worthy and worthwhile goal at stake here.

So, sweetness, we'll see you back here on LT around about 12/26/08. Cause this crew's gonna stop tempting you about three days after I assume room temperature.

The saving money to move part, that is superb. I wish there was a realistic way not to wave the flags of temptation before you.

Aug 15, 2008, 8:03 pm

starr7~ your mom would miss you anyway...
go buy a book.

Aug 15, 2008, 8:34 pm

Re: smoking.....yeccchhhh! I quit 10 years ago, a 2-pack-a-day habit for many, many years. Now my sense of smell has returned to the point where I can smell a cigarette a mile away and it smells absolutely vile.

I can also smell a book sale a mile away and it makes me jump in the van and exceed the speed limit.

I am Porchsitter.... I am now and always will be, a biblioholic.

Aug 15, 2008, 8:55 pm

My name is Cindy,I've been a bilblioholic for at least 54 years. I am going through withdrawal symptoms. I haven't been in a bookstore for a month. We are headed out tomorrow. If I don't buy. I can at least smell the books.

Aug 15, 2008, 9:22 pm

Aug 15, 2008, 10:36 pm

Alas, my promise to abstain from book-buying until October lasted exactly six days. I received a belated gift card, so I technically only spent $.39! I picked up:

Wide Sargasso Sea
The Mystery of Spain

Aug 16, 2008, 2:22 am

The other half of the order did come from Barny Noble's today:

The Monk by Matthew Lewis; it showed up a lot in The Chapel of the Abyss. I share it with more people than I expected.
The Re-Emergence of Emergence edited by Philip Clayton and Paul Davies; my last book on emergence for awhile. At the price I share it with more people (3 in one listing) than I might expect. I ordered this one because I had a coupon, so I saved $40 on it; but how can books, even in library bindings, be so expensive?

I think that I should go read.


Aug 16, 2008, 6:39 am

I had to make a sudden trip home to be with family when my 22 year old niece passed away after a long fight against leukemia. It's been a sad 2 weeks and I'm glad I brought a few books with me for some much needed escapism.

Two of them:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See turned out to be a great distraction and it was an amazing book.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a beautiful story. I didn't know it at the time when I picked these out of my TBR pile, how inspirational these books would be.

Received in the mail today:
Nerds Like It Hot by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My Life as Emperor by Su Tong
Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan

Aug 16, 2008, 9:31 am

My condolences - it's hard to lose someone especially one so young.

Aug 16, 2008, 9:37 am

>304 cameling:: cameling: I didn't know it at the time when I picked these out of my TBR pile, how inspirational these books would be.

Lovely ... the feeling that "someone's" got your back during difficult times. Condolences to you and your family.

Aug 16, 2008, 9:39 am

I paid a visit to Half Price Books yesterday and brought home:

Hold Tight-Harlan Coben
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes-Diane Chamberlain
All The Pretty Girls- JT Ellison
A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius-Eggers
Lost and Found-Jaqueline Sheehan

Aug 16, 2008, 12:21 pm

272: CEP
Tip for the bookcloseout junkies---

What does leaving it in your cart do ? Does the price go down ?

I assume you are talking about bookcloseouts.com ? I have been trying to figure out why that is a better place to buy books than Amazon Marketplace ?

On Amazon you can pay less for a used copy, and even some of their new copies are less expensive than the close out site. And one seller may even be the same as the one on bookcloseouts.com

It looks like a seller called BookCloseouts_us is selling a book I want (new) on Amazon for more than $2.00 less than on (their ?) close out web site ($4.49 vs $6.99). So even with Amazon's $3.99 shipping, I am paying $8.48 on Amazon versus $11.24 for the same book, possibly from the same seller, through bookcloseouts.com ?

I have used the Amazon marketplace and have had excellent service, and because of the public rating system, problems are resolved quickly and in my favor. I once got a book free (book and shipping charge) because there was a delay, and then they did something that was different than what they posted.

Aug 16, 2008, 1:33 pm

#304 ~ cameling.....I'm so very sorry for your loss. There really are no words, when a beloved young person passes. Twenty two years old, a tragedy. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

#308 ~ FicusFan.....I just happened to find bookcloseouts.com when another poster mentioned it. When I got there, I discovered that they are having a "summer sale"....many books are on sale for 99 cents. I bought 16 books the first round, and another 8 books the second round. Standard shipping for the first round was under $10, not bad for that many books. I may even go back for another look before the sale ends.... :o)

I love Amazon too ~ I've bought many books from them with no problems. But I'm not crazy about their shipping charges. You can send a softcover book via Media Mail cheaper than the $3+ that they charge.

Aug 16, 2008, 1:51 pm

I stopped by our Catholic thrift store and picked up a few books:

Secret of the Ninja (Choose Your Own Adventure) for miss Maggie. She loves these books, which I introduced to her as they were my favorite book series when I was a kid. Some kids glut everything up that their parents liked, while others can be cured of anything if you say, "Your mom was like that," or "your dad had that." My kids accept the "mom's seal of approval" as the standard of excellence. I got good kids :-D

The Psychic World Around Us should go well with Operation Blue Light: My Secret Life Among Psychic Spies. I haven't been weird for a while, so I guess now I'll be a bit goofy for a bit.

The Hidden Life of Dogs to post on BM and PBS.
The 9/11 Commission Report to post on BM and PBS.
Charming Billy to post on BM and PBS
The Lake of Dead Languages for BM and PBS
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon for BM and PBS.

And in the mail from BookMooch:
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I've been looking forward to reading this.

Aug 16, 2008, 1:53 pm

# 309 Porchsitter

Thanks for the information.

The Summer Sale sounds good, and a reason to buy from them.

I was going to ask 'How do you find the sale' but I just went to the site, and it had a big red August promotions on the front page. I swear it wasn't there the first time I went. I will check it out.

I was entering the books I want that are either oop or stuck in HC, to see what their prices were, and then comparing them to the same New books sold through Amazon's Marketplace.

I don't know the price to ship books so I don't have a problem with the charges on either site (but getting them all in one place so there is only one charge is a plus). I think the shipping for my one book from Amazon was $3.99, and from Closeouts was $3.25, plus the handling fee, so the shipping and fee was more expensive than Amazon. I don't care for the handling charge, even if it is only $1.00.

Aug 16, 2008, 2:08 pm

>304 cameling: cameling, oh so sorry...losing people is no fun, and so young. I condole.

Speaking of summer sales, as I did above for Akashic Books (examples: Water in Darkness, Cold Havana Ground, Spy's Fate, Chicago Noir, Manhattan Noir), alcottacre reminded me that I did not post the instructions for taking advantage of the sale! I feel like a goof.

"2) AKASHIC SUMMER BOOK SALE: 3 new books for the price of 2!
If you order at least 2 books directly from our website (akashicbooks.com), we'll send you a 3rd book for FREE, as long as it is not more expensive than any of the other books you have ordered. Here's how it works: Order 2 books with a credit card from our website. As soon as you have placed the order, send us a separate email (to Akashic7@aol.com) with the 3rd book you would like us to send you. Then we'll send you all the books together, within 1-2 days. The sales extends until the end of August."

It's not as cheap as the other sales you crack merchants are telling the unemployed guy who's moving about, for which may each of you suffer in the next life, but supporting indy presses is one of my life's satisfactions and I hope to infect all and sundry with it.

Aug 16, 2008, 2:30 pm

>312 richardderus:...a big Shout Out...hello Richard!

i remember when AKASHIC Books first started..what a great publisher...and thank you...ever so much...for giving me more book-buying incentive...like i need it you...you pusher you *just kidding, i hope you know*

today...my first Book Mooch
Memoirs of a Geisha- that's been on one list or another for years

oh..my name is JUDE...i am not obscure..have been a bookaholic for years and, as the old gospel song says"i don't wanna get adjusted"

like i say...Read On!

Aug 16, 2008, 3:14 pm

Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderful read!

Aug 16, 2008, 3:38 pm

I don't know what the procedure is, but shouldn't we have a new thread ? This one is getting very big and slow.

Aug 16, 2008, 4:07 pm

i agree with FicusFan...help, we be drowning in book/friendship/chat!!!!glug....glug

thanks,>mckait...you are a good friend..and i am a lousy typist (three tries, to make this legible!!!jeekers!)

Edited: Aug 16, 2008, 4:53 pm

teelgee has done it in the past, and 400 seems a good turning point, but here goes.

Don't post anything here!

Continuation thread; post here.


Aug 18, 2008, 2:38 am

Visited my mother for her birthday, and asked for the first time if there were any used bookstores in town. She said no, but there was a Book Sale. We stopped by and I picked up a whole bunch of books to benefit the local Animal Shelter and met some darling cats for adoption too! A box and a half later, I staggered out with the following:

Physical Culture Cook Book
Bernarr Macfadden

The Complete Jell-o Recipe Book
The Jell-o Company

Precious Pet Recipes for 2 or 4 or 6
Pet Milk Company

The Best from Midwest Kitchens
Ada Belinda Lothe

EASY WAYS TO GOOD MEALS : 99 Delicious Dishes Made with Campbell's Soups

50 Wonderful Ways to Use Sour Cream (from Appetizers to Desserts)
Test Kitchen of American Dairy Assoc

Mother Barbour's Favorite Recipes: 20th Anniversary Souvenir, One Man's Family (radio show)
Fanny Barbour

The Complete Book of Home Preserving
Seranne Ann

Golden Book of Sour Cream Recipes for Modern Homemakers
The Staff of California Dairy Industry Advisory Board

Baker's Favorite Chocolate Recipes
General Foods Corp

Hunt Food Inc

No Stated Author

Cake and Food Decorating Ideas

Japanese Stencil Designs:100 Outstanding Examples Collected and Introduced by Andrew W. Tuer
Andrew W. Tuer

The Illuminated Alphabet (Colouring Books)
Theodore Menten

The 1974 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating

American Treasures in the Library of Congress: Memory, Reason, Imagination
Margaret E. Wagner

Celtic and Medieval Alphabets: 53 Complete Fonts (Dover Pictorial Archives)
Dan X. Solo

Full-Color Victorian Fashions: 1870-1893
JoAnne Olian

Holiday Treats Hc (Custom Pub)

Victorian Fret-Work and Wood Carving: Patterns and Instructions (Dover Craft Books)
F. Edward Hulme

Joys of Jell-O Gelatin Dessert
General Foods Corp
no date

Downright Delicious Sun-Maid Raisin Recipes
no date

Metropolitan Fashions of the 1880s: From the 1885 Butterick Catalog

La Mode Illustree Fashion Plates in Full Color

80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates (1838-1880)

Full-Color Victorian Fashions: 1870-1893

And this was after my mother removed 3 books from my pile, stating she needed them for her quilting more than I did. LOL.

Aug 22, 2008, 7:39 pm

Picked up The Girl from Cotton Lane by Harry Bowling and Getting the Buggers to Think by Sue Cowley, both from local charity shop...good value.