Monday, January 15, 2007

This Pirate's Weekend Plunder

We made two book pit stops, this weekend. There's one book missing; the top two books are from Harlequin's Silhouette Bombshell series, which ends publication this month. I snatched up three titles. Not pictured is The Seventh Key by Evelyn Vaughn, which I actually bought before the weekend but Friday is close enough to count. The other four books were purchased with gift cards at Borders. Wahoo, that was fun!

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  1. I just went on a small buying spree at B&N and bought THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson. I had read that story in college and loved it. I'm anxious to read the other stories in the book.

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  2. I just looked up THE THING THEY CARRIED on B&N. It looks like a really interesting book. I'll have to try to find a copy. Reading about Vietnam has been painful for me. I had quite a few friends go over there - some of them didn't come back.

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  3. Lynne,

    Yay, maybe we'll end up reading The Lottery at the same time! That's always fun. :)

    I read several positive reviews about The Things They Carried. Les at http://lesleysbooknook.blogspot.com/ was the first to pique my interest. I don't know how to post a link in the comment section or I'd do that for you. If you page down to her post about her favorite books, there's a link to her excellent review.

    Vietnam is hard to read about; it must be doubly hard for those who lost friends. Let me know if you read it; I'd love to read your thoughts.

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  4. Looks like some fun books! Looking forward to your reviews...

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  5. Thanks, Angela. I had way too much fun in Borders. :)

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  6. Oooh, I can't wait to hear what you think of The Things They Carried, Bookfool! I'll bet your husband and son would enjoy it, too. I was going to give you a quick lesson in html to link to a post in this comment section, but Blogger won't accept it since it thinks I'm messing up with the html. So, I'll email you offlist with the directions. :)

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  7. Les,

    I hope I can get to it soon. You aren't the only person I know who has raved about The Things They Carried!

    Thanks for the html lesson. I got it and I'll hang onto that till I need it!

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  8. The Harlequin books sound good but then I have more than enough books to read here not to mention the books that I have on both of my lists at both county libraries I visit. lol

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  9. Hi Bookfool! Glad to know that you will be joining us for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge. FYI...I responded to your thoughts regarding putting a limit on the biographies.

    I just put THE THINGS THEY CARRIED on my iPod this past weekend. My husband is currently listening to it. My thanks go to Les also! :)

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  10. Krista,

    I really have way too many, myself, but I figured I should grab a few of the Bombshell books before they're gone. I can't get them at my library, unfortunately.

    Joy,

    I'll dash over to read your response, thanks. Yes, Les is I major influence on us, these days, isn't she? LOL

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  11. Non Fiction 5 challenge? Will be popping over there.

    The Lottery! I've never read the book but I did see the movie in the 7th grade and spent a sleepless week convinced my parents were being stoned to death - wherever they were off to that week.

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  12. Yeeks, Carrie!

    Maybe not good to read that story if you're young and tender or prone to nightmares. Oops, I'm the latter. Oh, well. I read one book by Jackson and I enjoyed it. Definitely creepy, but I liked the atmospheric touch.

    I'm already thinking about my nonfiction reads - which to set aside specifically for the challenge. Some are more challenging to me than others. I'm horrible about not finishing books on how to write, for example.

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  13. Bookfool, you (and Lynne) made my day! I always love it when someone buys a Shirley Jackson book.

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  14. Bybee,

    Well, shucks, if I'd known I could make your day by buying a book, I'd have done it a lot sooner. :)

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  15. It's always so much fun to go into a book store and browse, and double the fun to have gift cards to buy with. Looks like a good stack of books. I really enjoyed Crispin and just learned that there's a sequel. I need to ask Les to help me with that link thing, too.

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  16. I just received a book order from B&N and I'm salivating over your new stack. I think I'm losing it.

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  17. Booklogged,

    I'm with you; I love just walking around browsing for the atmosphere. It's rollicking fun to do so with gift cards, though. Thanks for telling me there's a sequel to Crispin! If I like it, then . . . sigh . . . another one for the wish list. :)

    Framed,

    It's a vice, no doubt about it. I've just been reading Oprah's magazine - there's a great article about why it's so hard to change and I was thinking about habits (book-buying is one of them) and how much joy I get from opening a box of new books or coming home with a little bag. It's a dopamine thing, according to that article. We're hooked. LOL At least books are low calorie. Now, if I can just get off the Mt. Dew and get back to running . . .

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  18. I read non fiction at the speed of a slow, tired, aging snail. I don't know why, I read more non fiction than fiction lately.

    Oh yeah. Impressionable, prone to nightmares and a wee bit on the obsessive side. Age has helped slightly.

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  19. Carrie,

    I think some nonfiction is just . . . dull. It helps if you happen to love a topic but even then, there are just some writers who can make how-to or travel or history fascinating and some who drone. I guess that means it's like any other writing. LOL I love the way you described the speed of your nonfiction reading. :)

    Age has made things worse for me, nightmare-wise. Strange. You'd think I'd have been more sensitive as a child, but I think that it has to do with understanding the bad in the world, the reality of it, in a way I didn't as a child. My brain likes to play with that stuff. Poor brain. We'll see how The Lottery goes over. ;)

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  20. Looks like you got a great haul. I am jealous as I am only allowed to read shelf-sitters and buy nothing. I wanted to heartily recommend THE THINGS THEY CARRIED. Awesome book. I read it for my bookclub and was really moved by it. Hope you find it as compelling as I did.

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  21. Anne,

    I'm not spending money on books, myself, apart from the library sale - that's my one splurge place because you stack them up and they cost a quarter per inch. And, I let myself use the gift cards, but that's it. It's difficult not buying! I looked at the B & N online sale and saw a lot of good things, but I passed.

    I've heard nothing but positive comments about The Things They Carried. I hope I'll get to that one soon. So glad to hear you also enjoyed it!

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