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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Books acquired--new and used

Freely admitted--I'm a book ho.

I grew up in a library. Mom worked at our small town library in the '60s and '70s. I volunteered in the middle school and high school libraries. One of my college workstudy jobs was at the library. I was a retail bookstore manager for almost ten years. I had a temp job at a medical library. On vacations, my husband and I usually scour the local bookstores. You get the picture.

So, when I started writing again, I wanted to get back into the swing of things. I was on the road for work and spent a lot of time reading, which I considered research. I got back into my Regency romance obsession when I found Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series, the first two in one volume, on a bargain book table. Since 2007, I've kept a list of books read and in 2008, I read well over a hundred titles.

When I signed onto Facebook, Blogger and Goodreads last year, I discovered whole new worlds of authors and reading communities in which to wallow. While it's been very enjoyable, it's significantly cut into my reading time. Plus the fact, I've been writing my own stuff. I've skimmed through parts of dozens of books, but only read enough of maybe two to consider I've "finished" them.

That hasn't stopped me from buying books, though. Whether it's checking out what they've got for $3 at Big Lots, spending a hour skimming the huge wall o' books at The Mission Store or pointing and clicking on-line at Better World Books I check my printed out list (not that I've EVER bought duplicates grumblegrumble) and give an inner squeal when I find things I don't have. I've been checking the book giveaways on various blogs and on Goodreads periodically and it's a real thrill when I get a package in the mail with a "freebie." Another obsession is autographed books and if I see a posting by an author I follow that they're doing an autographing somewhere, I have a credit card and I know how to use it, unfortunately. Other new and used bookstores, Walmart and last month's Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library sale add to the growing piles of books in the dining room. Let us not forget the closing of our local Borders, where my husband and I purchased our birthday and Christmas presents for ourselves at 40-70% off.

So, here's a PARTIAL list of what I've acquired this past three months, new, used and freebie. Imagine if I started reviewing stuff--no, therein lies madness.

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens

Geek Wisdom edited by Stephen Segal  

No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

Lord Langley Is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Caught by Harlan Coban

Then There Were Three Harlequin Super Romance by Jeanie London

Chains of Ice by Christina Dodd  (autographed)

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (autographed)

His Country Cinderella by Karen Rose Smith  (Special Edition autographed)

My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly  (autographed)

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries

Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

Kristan Higgins books

Too Good to Be True

The Next Best Thing

Just One of the Guys

Fools Rush In

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander

Jane Austen Real and Imagined Worlds by Oliver MacDonagh

On This Day in History by Leonard and Thelma Spinrad
Which ones would you want to read?


  1. Ooh, they all sound good! I have "His Country Cinderella" in my own TBR pile, and the Jane Austen book looks intriguing. I was also a volunteer in the North Middle School library; do you remember the librarian's name? As I recall, she was a single gal; I wonder where/how she is these days?

  2. You know, Pam, I can almost remember her face, but I can't think of her name either. I don't think they even have school librarians any more and that's a real shame. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The Jane Austen one looks fascinating! I worked in a library in college, and practically lived at the public library as a kid. Yay for awesome books!

  4. It is, Shallee, thanks for stopping by! It was one I found for $2 at the Mission Store. I was so thrilled when I saw it, knowing it was waiting for me and I have it in my bookcase for reference.

    We are so lucky that we had good libraries and awesome books, aren't we? Take care!

  5. Such wonderful books!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog today.