Uh-Oh Part 2…And Lots Of Other Stuff

It’s all gone to shite! Anyone placed bets on my New Years resolution not even lasting a whole month? If you did, you won! To be honest, this is the longest a resolution has ever lasted I think, lol…sad, huh? A couple of days ago I thought I’d take “just a peek” over at bookcloseouts.com and it all went downhill from there and I left with 5 books :/ And with shipping they were all under $30, so who can blame me :p Here’s what I got:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbuy – I’ve been wanting this one for awhile. I fell in love with Ray Bradbury’s writing last year and this one came highly recommended by plenty of people! It can be a bonus read for the plant category in Annie’s What’s in a Name challenge!

Time and Again by Jack Finney – This one came recommended by Carl and I’ve never been disappointed by anything that he’s recommended. So I’m really looking forward to it! Love those time travel books!

The Pinhole Egg by Diana Wynne Jones – I’ve been wanting to read some Jones for ages. I know that both Nymeth and Darla D. are huge fans of hers and I loved Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle which was based on her book. Can’t wait!

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami – This one came recommended by Scott at Booky Ooky and I’m really excited about it. I’ve been on this Japanese kick and I wanted something different. This one looks sexy, violent, and sadistic…I love a book like that every now and then πŸ˜‰

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – This is my super bargain buy! Hardcover version for $4.99 and I got the last copy on their website! It first came recommended by Eva, Dark Orpheus seconded that recommendation and then Deslily sealed the deal for me on this one. I really can’t wait to read this whole series of Mary Russell books!

As if that wasn’t enough (heh….) I went and ordered two books from England today through Amazon UK :p I had to pre-order my copy of Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman. It’s not being released here in the states. It was written for World Book Day which is a UK thing and the books only cost 1 Pound (about 2 dollars)! Of course with shipping over seas, that comes out to about 12 bucks….but it’s a new Neil Gaiman book, so I bought it and while I was there, I also picked up The Lost Boy by Duncan Staff which Quixotic reviewed on her blog today. It sounds great and I haven’t read a true crime book in a long time. Don’t know if “great” is the right word, but interesting…

Other news…I’ve been selected for Barnes and Nobles first look program for the month of March! Anyone else make it in? We’re reading a book that sounds really good and reminds me a little of The Thirteenth Tale from the synopsis. The book is called The Sister and is written by Poppy Adams. This is her first book and I can’t wait to join in the discussion and talk with her about her book! You can read more about the book and read an excerpt here.

More good news of the day…there’s going to be an Ender’s Game video game!!! It was announced today! The game is going to focus just on the battle room. They decided that there was so much that they could do that they would choose just one aspect of the book and the battle room is what the game will be. I can’t wait! It’s going to be on all of the gaming consoles including PCs and the handheld consoles. A company called Chair is doing the game. The same company is also making Empire, one of Card’s latest political thrillers into a video game. Card is fully on board with the game and is excited about it. Me too πŸ™‚

Now for a meme…Literacy Chic tagged me for this one and I love these. They’re fun.

Book Meme Rules

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The book nearest me is Watership Down by Richard Adams. Actually it’s the ARC of the new Fablehaven that I’m about to start, but I can’t release any of that yet πŸ˜‰ so we’ll use Watership Down, the next book on the stack!

“Later, Hazel had said that there was nothing for it but to cross the open pasture and under Silver’s direction they had crossed it, with Dandelion running ahead to reconnoiter. When Fiver said the iron tree was harmless they believed him. Strawberry had had a bad time.”

I can’t wait to really read this one! Ok…so tagging five people…Nymeth, Debi, Bellezza, Stephanie, Rhinoa! Have fun πŸ™‚

And finally, I wanted to give big hugs to Eva for giving me the You Make My Day Award πŸ™‚ Her blog makes my day too. It’s one of the many blogs that I visit every day always hoping that there’s a new post…and there usually is. Partially out of laziness and partially because I can’t decide who to pick, I can’t pick 10 people to give this to right now! But I’m sure you all know how much I love visiting all of your blogs everyday and you really do all “Make My Day”! Seriously…the first thing I do after waking up is go down all of my live bookmarks and check for new posts and then I check (borderline obsessively) for new posts all day from you all. So have a great day guys!

Tomorrow, a review of The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World. Then a break from the rat…

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34 Responses

  1. My resolution to not buy any more books has gone to hell, too :/ I’ve been gathering the courage to post about all the books I bought last week πŸ˜›

    I haven’t read The Pinhole Egg yet, but it’s hard to go wrong with Diana. I hope you enjoy it!

    I really want to read that Mary Russell series, too.

    The Ender’s Game videogame sounds like a lot of fun! Speaking of Card and videogames, the other day my boyfriend told me that he wrote the insult wars for the game Monkey Island! I LOVE that game and I had no idea!

    Thanks for the tag, I’m going to do the meme later. Reading that passage made me miss Watership Down. I really think you’ll enjoy that one.

  2. I’m not doing too badly on my resolution to buy less books. And I’m actually getting rid of some via bookmooch, which is awesome.

    Nymeth – I had no idea that he wrote the insult wars for Monkey Island! Awesome. πŸ™‚ I love that game too.

    I hope you enjoy The Lost Boy. It’s tough using the word “enjoy” for a book about such a horrible series of crimes, but it really is a good book.

    I also have Odd and the Frost Giants on pre-order. πŸ™‚

    I still need to read some Wynne Jones too. Actually, I think The Pinhole Egg may be the book of hers that I picked up last year and haven’t got to yet…can’t check as it is on a shelf in Wales, but I’m pretty sure…

    The Sister sounds interesting – look forward to your thoughts!

  3. That’s my Bubba boy! LOL, oh, how I knew this wouldn’t last! LOL You both enjoy reading and “sales” toooooooo much! LOL I didn’t make a resolution but am trying hard to cut back for other reasons. I did good this month. Only 3 “used” books (two Mary Russel and on McCaffrey replacing an old paperback) Though I haven’t bought much my wish list has grown horribly!

    Very curious about Pinhole Egg.. have had that on and off my wish list many times.. it sounds so good, but I talk myself out of it because it is book SIX of a series, and don’t know if they are still “stand alone” or not. So now I am waiting for you to read a few books! sheesh! (Fablehaven/ Pinhole/ and MOST OF ALL Dragonriders of Pern!!! ..I am not a patient waiter!!!) Get your nose in those books boy! hehehe

  4. Congratulations on being chosen for the Barnes and Noble book this month. I like that kinda thing…plus it’s a free book. And that’s always good.

  5. I signed up for the B&N first look book, but haven’t heard anything yet (so maybe I wasn’t one of the lucky ones)!
    Stephanie
    http://www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

  6. You know, I’m guessing it’s probably a relief to have your resolution so blatantly smashed to smithereens, isn’t it?

    I hope I can get around to Watership Down someday. Annie adored it, and of course, Nymeth’s review made me want to pick it that very second. (Of course, Nymeth’s reviews always do that to me!)

    Can’t wait to do the little meme…I love that kind, too.

  7. I’ve ruined that same resolution Chris. I have purchased 18 books this month. Most, but not all, of them used. Dandelion Wine is one of the few I picked up this month that is used. I look forward to reading that one.

    And now I’ll probably have to go buy that Gaiman book. πŸ˜‰

    I am a bit scared of the Ender’s Game video game concept. If done right it would be incredible. Too many games are done poorly, however. Here’s me crossing my fingers.

    And Nymeth, that is cool about the Monkey Island thing. I enjoyed all the MI games. Very fun.

  8. Nymeth, Glad I’m not alone in ruining my resolutions :p Trust me, it took a LOT of courage to muster up this post! I bought these like last thursday, lol. I can’t wait for the Ender’s Game video game, even though they haven’t even started working on it yet! Lots of waiting time there!. Monkey Island is fun…though I haven’t played it that much. Megan likes it. I had heard that Orson Scott Card had worked on that some. He’s done a lot. Can’t wait for Watership Down!

    Quix, I just can’t make myself join Bookmooch! There are so few books that I’m willing to part with that I can’t do it. I seriously think there’s something wrong with me. I have so many books that I know I’ll NEVER read again…but I still keep them. I’m really looking forward to The Lost Boy…I’ve been wanting to read a book like that for awhile and your review won me over real quick! I can’t wait for Odd and the Frost Giants!!! So excited! I think you bought The Pinhole Egg too, because I remember someone saying something about it…it must have been in your bookporn piles!

    Deslily, Not only did it not last, but apparently I just went psychotic and went off the deep end, buying 7 books! Lets not even talk about what my wishlist looks like now! Oh shit…Pinhole is book 6 of a series???? Why’d you have to tell me that? You know what that means, right? I have read books 1-5 first now! I had no idea it was a series! Oh well….I’m starting Fablehaven tonight!

    Carole, Free books are ALWAYs good things πŸ˜‰ And this one sounds like it’ll be quite good too. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks!

    Stephanie, Did you check your personal message box on the website? They don’t email you, so the only way you know is by checking on there! I hope you get in…that’ll be fun!

    Debi, Boy, is it a relief πŸ˜‰ Though I’ve learned that I can control myself better. I only did this one week out of the month instead of EVERY week out of the month. I’ll be reading Watership Down hopefully by the weekend…we’ll see though. I’ve been such a slow reader lately…well, busy too. Can’t wait to see your meme answers…aren’t those fun πŸ™‚

  9. Carl, It kind of felt good to ruin that resolution, didn’t it? lol..bibliophiles really shouldn’t have resolutions like that…it’s not natural. But then again, neither is a house that you can’t walk in because there are too many books. I kept hoping that maybe Odd and the Frost Giants would turn up in the US, but it looks like it’s not going to happen, so I sulked over to Amazon UK and got ripped off for that and the other book…but then again, it’s a Gaiman book, so there’s no getting ripped off really πŸ˜‰ I was scared at first of the EG video game, but OSC is supposed to be involved along the way and he is VERY picky about his projects. I think it has the potential to be really cool. I think the plan is to eventually develop other aspects of the book into different games as well. I would love to see the computer game made into a video game!

  10. Hooray for Fablehaven!

  11. Yay for Mary Russell! πŸ™‚ I still haven’t bought any books, but I’ve mooched several. And resolutions were made to be broken! hehe I’m sure I’d be buying more books if I had any disposable income right now. πŸ˜‰

  12. Thanks for the link! I promised to stop buying books too but that promise went out the window when I realized how many of my favorite authors have books coming out over the next few months.

  13. Oh Chris!! go read my post and click the link to see a video interview of James A Owen (Here There Be Dragons)! It’s a great interview and he describes his books fantastic!!!

  14. Eva, Mooching is just fine πŸ˜‰ And I totally agree that resolutions are made to be broken…I just don’t know if they’re made to be broken so soon! My disposable income is quickly running out…if it was ever there in the first place :p

    Ladytink, Isn’t it horrible and wonderful at the same time how many great books are coming out soon? Scary, huh? lol…I don’t think it’s possible for book lovers to “not buy books”…sheesh…

    Deslily, heading over there now!

  15. You resolved not to buy books? Oh, Chris. Impossible.

  16. Oh, I’m excited you’re reading The Pinhoe Egg – it’s lots of fun. Keep in mind that it’s part of the Chrestomanci books – you don’t really need to read them in order, but if it’s a bit confusing in the beginning, stick with it and you will figure things out.

    I also LOVE the Mary Russell books – I hope you enjoy The Beekeeper’s Apprentice!

    And no, I’m not surprised at your lapse – who can resist all those deliciously wonderful books for very long?

  17. Carrie, Wasn’t that a horrible decision…oh well, didn’t last long anyway :p

    Darla, I just found out it was a series! Dammit! Now you know I’m going to have to go back and read books 1-6 :p I can’t wait for the Mary Russell books! I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about them. And I’m still nodding my head in shame at my lapse in New Years resolutions…doh!

  18. With all this talk of the Mary Russell books I’m now going to have to go and look them up…I have a feeling that this could be disastrous. πŸ˜‰

    I think joining Bookmooch was something I *had* to do. I’m only parting with books that I don’t have any real attachment to – some Dean Koontz books which while enjoyable, aren’t really worth keeping to gather dust (I’m keeping my favourites), some Mary Higgins Clark books, and the Jodi Picoult books. Oh and autobiographies that I picked up just to be nosy, like Sharon Osbourne’s. *grin* Plus there are always the books I somehow ended up with multiple copies of, like Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense for People – I ended up with about five copies of that for some reason… So far, with sending some books to the US (3 points each time rather than 1), I’ve ended up with 16.8 points on Bookmooch, so I will probably end up with more books coming in than I sent out. πŸ˜‰

  19. I just wanted to brag and say: I MANAGED TO KEEP MY RESOLUTION! mwahaha!!! For a whole month, anyways. I only bought one book in the entire month of January. Yay for me. lol I also hardly read the whole month, but that is besides the point, right? I don’t restrict myself entirely, there are new releases that are a must buy. That’s the problem with resolutions, people leave no flexibility in their plans. Not that I am one to talk. It is January, just because I was good for a month does not mean that it will last for the entire year. I would happily go back to buying a lot if I went back to reading all the time… Not that I am entirely complaining, January had its ups and downs, but it was not a terrible month! How is this for rambling…

  20. Kailana, Yay for keeping resolutions πŸ™‚ Just one book is MUCH better than I managed to do…I hardly read anything too, just 4 books! That’s awful! I seriously need to pick up the pace. And 2 of them were under 200 pages! And I love rambling comments πŸ˜‰

  21. I’m terrible at keeping resolutions so I tend not to make them in the first place. So I only feel moderately guilty about the books I bought this month. πŸ˜‰
    In the Miso Soup is certainly violent and dark, but also compelling. I’ve looked at his other books but haven’t yet felt in the right frame of mind for another go.

  22. Tanabata, I’m usually not a resolution guy either, but I figured I needed to do something about these books! Yeah right…that’s a hopeless cause. I’m so excited about In the Miso Soup. It sounds great! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  23. I bought two books today. This could either mean all the books I buy this month or it could be the start of a buying spree. I can’t not buy books at all, I am just trying to be moderate with it….

  24. Kailana, I’m going for the start of a buying spree πŸ˜‰ That’s so much more fun! Being moderate is the important thing…that’s what I have to start going for…

  25. I wouldn’t care if I was reading, but at the same time, the reasons I am not reading are not bad ones. I just have mixed feelings on the affair. Me not reading is such a rare thing, I just have no idea what to think.

    Since we are both slow going with the reading lately, would you like to read a book together? I know we have several in common. Just let me know.

  26. Kailana, That sounds awesome! Ok…are there any of these that you haven’t read? The eyre affair, inkheart, northanger abbey, persuasion, rebekah (orson scott card), fellowship of the ring, the stolen child, the storm front, tithe, watership down…I went to our Library Things and found books in common and then found books that I’m reading for challenges. If one of these don’t work for you, let me know…we’ll find something else (you’ve probably read all these already!)

  27. Kailana, That sounds awesome! Ok…are there any of these that you haven’t read? The eyre affair, inkheart, northanger abbey, persuasion, rebekah (orson scott card), fellowship of the ring, the stolen child, the storm front, tithe, watership down…I went to our Library Things and found books in common and then found books that I’m reading for challenges. If one of these don’t work for you, let me know…we’ll find something else (you’ve probably read all these already!)

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  29. I have read The Eyre Affair, Inkheart, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Stolen Child, The Storm Front, and Tithe… How about Watership Down or Rebekah? I am not sure if I am in an Austen mood this month.

  30. Let’s do Watership Down! It’s my last read for the Four Legged Friends Challenge πŸ˜‰ I’ll probably start it Wednesday….How’s that sound?

  31. Please excuse the bossiness, but from someone who adores Diana Wynne Jones — don’t start with The Pinhoe Egg! It’s drastically not the best of her books, and some of her books are so wondrous. Fire and Hemlock is the best (I think), but probably a good one to start with is Howl’s Moving Castle, or maybe Witch Week.

  32. Jenny, Not bossy at all! I really appreciate the advice since I’ve never read anything by her. I was really hesitant to start with this one anyway since I found out it was the last book in a series. I loved Miyazaki’s adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, so maybe I’ll check that out…Rhinoa just wrote a great review of Witch Week, so that one may be a winner too. I’ve heard great stuff of Fire and Hemlock too! She’s written so many! Thanks for the advice…I’ll take it to heart πŸ˜‰

  33. Fire and Hemlock is my favourite book by her.

    And, Wednesday works for me!

  34. Kailana, It’s looking like Fire and Hemlock is what needs to be read, huh? Ok…Wednesday is a go πŸ˜‰

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