Monday, 26 July 2010

The Land Of Books.

So one of the things I loved about the States (other than Pretzel M&M's *drools*) is the books.

We have some great bookstores over here but nothing compared to the monolith three story bookstore which greeted me in L.A.

I could have lived there. I didn't even get time to check out any smaller bookshops.

Stupid family bonding. lol.

After dragging the parents into the cafe, and giving them some cash for a drink (caffeine/muffin blackmail works wonders) I explored heaven with air conditioning.

An hour later I may have purchased a few *cough* books.

Okay, it was more than a few. Some were ones I'd saved for (like Linger) and the others depleted my saved cash from my birthday back in May.

What can I say, I'm a pantser when I write but plan for purchases. :)

I blame all the fab recommended reads. The Body Finder, The Deathday Letter, Deception, Wintergirls, The Wake trilogy, Twenty Boy Summer....My Goodreads shelves are going to be all kinds of awesome when I update.

So what have you been reading?

22 comments:

Vicki Rocho said...

Wow...that's a stack of books! I started loading my Goodreads shelves this weekend. I was surprised I made it over 100 books read and I KNOW I'm missing TONS more.

Went to the cutest little bookshop yesterday, a little independent store in a tiny town and everything looked good! I somehow managed to buy one thing for each of my daughters and checked out of there without having to mortgage the house!

Amparo Ortiz said...

Thank you for rubbing all that book awesomeness in my face! I'm also a book purchase planner, by the way. Yesterday, I spent every dime I had left on six books that I wanted to get my hands on.

Looks like my WIP is gonna take a backseat :)

Christina Lee said...

woo hoo good for you! Right now I'm reading Linger and The Sky is Everywhere!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've read most of the ones on your list. Right now I'm reading SHIVER. ;)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Ooh, book shopping is the best! I'm glad to hear you found a lot of great books to read :)

I was on a book reading spree but now it's time to concentrate back on the WIP. Have fun reading!

Jemi Fraser said...

Ooooo -- Lucky you!!

I've just picked up Hex Hall - so far so good :)

Renae said...

Book shopping is so much fun! If I ever get to the bottom of my reading pile it will be a small miracle! Have fun with yours!

KarenG said...

I'm not familiar with that bookstore in LA! We always waste our time at the beach and eating at cheap Chinese restaurants. Next time I'm going!

Matthew Rush said...

Ah that sounds lovely. I'm reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, the Ranger's Apprentice and The Celestine Prophecy, but I just won The Deathday Letter from Beth's blog. Signed.

Now I'll have to buy an unsigned copy so that I can read it.

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

haha, I would've done the same thing, I'm sure!

Jen said...

Oh for the love of books, lol. Stupid family bonding time getting in the way of you and your pressure reading time, isn't right is it!!!

I know there are so many good books out there! I'm finishing up Eat,Pray,Love and I'm finally dived into The Forest of Hands in Teeth from this awesome girl that gave me the book to read ;)

Talli Roland said...

Whoa! Crazy! Imagine, your family getting in the way of books. How could they do such a thing? :)

Janet Johnson said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I get lost in bookstores, too.

I just finished Princess of the midnight Ball. Very enjoyable read.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Bookstores rock!! I'm reading a book called The Mistress by Phillippe Tapon. I can't wait for it to be over! The plot is interesting, and there are momentary flashes of brilliant writing. For example:

He slapped her. There was a long silence while the house absorbed the cruel sound.

But most of the book reads like a first draft and I have to wonder who the hell edited the thing. Sadly, I'm not one to put down a book (except to throw it across the room) until I've reached the end, so I soldier on. Only 40 pages left. Wish me luck.

:D Hope you have a great week!!

Lydia Kang said...

I think bookstores are the candy stores for grown ups. Okay, at least they are for me!

I just won "I So Don't Do Mysteries" from Sherrie so I'm reading that. MG fun!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

So many great books, so little time (and $$$). I live down the street from a three-story bookstore, and it is NOT easy on the wallet. Must read Shiver and Linger. I've heard great things.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Oh, I'm jealous! I can't WAIT to get inside a bookstore - I probably won't come out for days. :)

Susan Fields said...

You really did stock up! Isn't that fun? Happy reading!!!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Oh... I want to read Wintergirls so bad. I went to the store today and forgot to buy it. Opps... guess I'll have to make another trip.

I have read The Body Finder, though. And it is brilliant. And I recently finished Twenty Boy Summer... also fabulous! I love books. So much!!(Probably too much. LOL)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I know exactly how you feel. Heaven is a large book store and pizza delivery. I wouldn't come out for weeks. :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, I'd like to move into Barnes and Noble in Atlanta for a week! Hugs..

Al said...

book shops are dangerous places!