The Most Embarrassing Bad Bloggers Post EVAH!

I suppose we should get right into it, eh? I haven’t done a bad bloggers post since Thanksgiving and since then I have gotten Christmas gifts, placed a order, spent giftcards, gotten mooches and swaps, and have indulged a little myself. These 33 (yes t-h-i-r-t-y-t-h-r-e-e) books are the result:

1. Counting Stars by David Almond – Just because it’s a David Almond and I want to read everything of his! (Paperback Swap)

2. Bluenose Ghosts by Helen Creighton – The lovely Susan was posting little snippets from this wonderful book of supernatural encounters every day for awhile during the Halloween season and I fell in love with the stories she would tell and I managed to get a copy of it from Paperback Swap! So a point for Susan!! (Paperback Swap)

3. The Outlander by Gil Adamson – I really need to read more Canadian lit and Kelly absolutely loved this one. And she made it sound SO good! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and now I have πŸ™‚ Point to Kelly. (Paperback Swap)

4. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld – Most of you know how I got this one already! My wonderful secret Santa, Amanda from The Zen Leaf sent it to me and it’s a book I’ve been wanting to read ever since Nymeth reviewed it awhile back. So even though Amanda gave it to me, Nymeth gets the blame for putting it on my wishlist :p (Gift from a friend)

5. Evermore by Alyson Noel – Amanda also sent me this book and she actually gets the point for this one!! She reviewed it and put it onto my wishlist. Really looking forward to reading it. So a point to Amanda πŸ™‚ (Gift from a friend)

6. Holy Stars by Kathleen Edwards – I haven’t been accepting review copies lately, but this one sounded really cool and it really is! It’s a graphic novel that does a two page spread on all sorts of different dieties, saints, gods, and holy figures from around the world. From Jesus to Muhammed to Shiva. I absolutely love it! (Review Copy)

7. The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Lilli Carre – I’ve already reviewed this one. Absolutely loved it. A graphic retelling of Andersen’s The Fir Tree. (Bought it)

8. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen – I absolutely loved this one!! Such a sad sad tale, but a very sweet tale as well. I had such a wide array of emotions while reading this short tale. And I bet he didn’t even know it, but Jason is to blame for me getting this one as the result of a twitter conversation with Nymeth! Point for Jason! (Bought it)

9. Matchless by Gregory Maguire – And as a result of the same conversation mentioned above, Nymeth is to blame for this one. I enjoyed this one. It’s Maguire’s own take on Andersen’s tale and the second section is pretty much an exact retelling of The Little Match Girl. It was done pretty well. Point for Nymeth. (Bought it)

10. The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian – I THINK this one is Eva’s fault. I have to admit though that I once again have no idea what this one is about :p Just that I really wanted it after she reviewed it :p And I haz it now. Point to Eva! (Paperback Swap)

11. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa – This one sounds SO GOOD!! It’s one I had my eye on for a little while but I didn’t NEED to have it until Amanda fell in love with it. So a point goes to Amanda for this one! (Bought it)

12. Night Runner by Max Turner – I think this is the book about the kid who doesn’t realize he’s a vampire but he is? Interesting take on the vampire thing. Becky reviewed this one and it sounded really cool. So point to her. (Bought it)

13. Fathom by Cherie Priest – Just because I adore Cherie Priest and it was available on Book Closeouts for $1.99!! (Bought it)

14. The Savage by David Almond – Well it’s illustrated by Dave McKean, so that should be a good enough reason, but then all kinds of awesome people reviewed it and loved it as well. But Nymeth was the first that I read, so she gets the point :p (Bought it)

15. The Onion Girl by Charles DeLint – I know you all are thinking “don’t you already own like 2 copies of The Onion Girl?” Yes, I do…and no, I haven’t even read it yet :p But I love Charles de Lint. And this is the Subterranean Press special limited edition that I ordered a year and a half ago!!!! And now I finally have it and it’s signed by Mr. De Lint and I have copy 24/500 πŸ˜€ Very happy Chris here πŸ™‚ (Bought it)

16. Come Closer by Sara Gran – Nymeth reviewed it and it sounds in freaking credible. And I found out that Ms. Gran lives here in New Orleans part time! Point to Nymeth. (Paperback Swap)

17. One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak – One may say that Christopher Barzak is like my favorite author that I’ve never read :p I’m convinced that I’ll love him. I read his blog regularly and just love his writing and his views there and the ideas of his stories really appeal to me. I own his books and why I haven’t read them yet, I don’t know. But I have this one now too! And Becky first put this on my radar AGES ago. So a point to her. (Bookmooch)

18. Transformations by Anne Sexton – Words cannot convey my excitement over this book. I did not know of the gorgeous woodcut illustrations inside of the book!!! One of my favorite poets doing retellings of fairy tales through poetry? I’m all there! Thanks Nymeth for putting this on my radar back in the day πŸ™‚ (Bought it)

19. Dreamside by Graham Joyce – A point to Maree! She keeps telling me to read his books so I keep getting them whenever they become available :p (Paperback swap)

20. Someday this Pain will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron – Another fantastic sounding young adult book that Becky Recommended. Point to Becky. (Bought it)

21. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi – Believe it or not, Bookfool made me really want to read this one!! I really love John Scalzi, but this one wouldn’t have been at the top of my list had it not been for her. (bought it)

22. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie – Another Christmas present πŸ˜€ I hadn’t even heard of this one before!! This came from the wonderful and beautiful Nymeth and she says it’s a book that she read prior to her blogging days. I still haven’t read a Rushdie so this looks like a great one to start with! (gift from a friend)

23. Phantoms in the Brain by VS Ramachandran & Sandra BlakesleeRich sent me this book for Christmas and I squealed with excitement when I got it! No, I’ve never heard of it before but it excites me sooooo much!! It’s basically about how our brain works and sounds absolutely fascinating. I can’t wait to dig into this one!!! I might just let Rich start picking out books for me πŸ™‚ (gift from a friend)

24. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix – And the squeals just continued when I opened this one! This one came from Annie and she must know how much I love Haddix! I cannot WAIT to read this one!! It sounds absolutely amazing! (gift from a friend)

25. Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury – I started to lose my voice at this point when I opened this one from Debi. We share a deep love of all things Bradbury and I hadn’t even heard of this book before. And it sounds so wonderful and has a stunning cover. I don’t know which of these to read first!! (gift from friend)

26. Thessaly by Bill Willingham – And Finally I got to this one and I think I broke the neighbors window. Debi also sent me this one and it’s one I’ve been wanting for ages. It’s a gorgeous graphic novel illustrated and written by none other than Bill Willingham of Fables fame and tells the story of a Sandman character. And it’s a book that gives another point to Nymeth! (gift from friend)

27. Pictures that Tick by Dave McKean – Can I say that I nearly died of excitement when I saw this one? Amanda was there! I knew right away that I had to have it and so I did :p I’m nearly halfway through it now and I just want to savor it. It’s a collection (a book one, I might add) of Dave McKean’s own short graphic tales. And they are so wonderful!!! Highly recommended for the Graphic Novel challenge!!! (bought it)

28. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas – The only book I got for Christmas from my family and I absolutely love it πŸ™‚ I told my mom I wanted it after Nymeth reviewed it! Boy, Nymeth…you racked up on the points this round! (gift)

29. Geektastic edited by Holly Black – So awesome!!! Seriously…so many great authors in this collection that I can’t even begin to explain! Point to Kelly for making me really want this one (bought it)

30. Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor – This book looks gorgeous! I found it today while giftcard shopping. It has beautiful illustrations! Becky told me I should read this one and now I will. (bought it)

31. Thirst by Mary Oliver – I was looking for some poetry collections and Lu recommended Mary Oliver among others and I found this collection which sounds wonderful! Point to Lu! (bought it)

32.Learn to Crochet by Sally Harding – I need this book because I am indeed learning to crochet!! The reason being is so that I can make the little things from the last book. (bought it)

33. Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden – I was book shopping with Amanda and found this book and knew right away that I had to have it and that I had to learn how to crochet :p And I’m learning! I bought my yarn, crochet hook and filling today! These things are so damn cute!!! (bought it)

Ok bai! That’s all…phew!


24 Responses

  1. lol!! Like I told you on Twitter, misery loves company πŸ˜› I’m glad I’m not the only one whose control-teh-tbr plans completely went to hell this month. But oooh, so many great books! I hope you do love One for Sorrow (and I shall cry if you don’t. True story :P). And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Rushie! I might re-read that one for the Flashback challenge…it’s fun and awesome and all about why stories matter πŸ˜€

  2. Thirty-three since Thanksgiving…that’s not so bad…barely more than one a day! πŸ˜‰

    Damn, but I can’t believe all that book yumminess in one post! Can I come stay with you for a few months and read all your new books? πŸ˜€

    You beat me to Come Closer on paperbackswap…gotta learn to be quicker after Ana’s reviews, don’t I? And I’m sooooo excited you got a Mary Oliver book! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her! Though after the first few poems in Atlas, Katrina Vandenberg is making a sprint for my new favorite poet! And I so need to go find that crochet book…OMG, it looks soooo cute! Though first I still need to finish your Cthluhu.

  3. Come up to Virginia and I’ll teach you how to crochet! I’m jealous of your acquisitions, lovely books πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!!

  4. Only 33 books? You hinted on Twitter it was an excessive amount!…

  5. oh good lord!! LOL LOL… so.. is your mom going to install more bookshelves or what? *giggling* This is outrageous Chris LOL.. but I can’t stop laughing over it lol… I have to laugh because when I added the books I just ordered from amazon gift certs I got I now have 112 tbr books! ..and before this order I was sooooo proud to have nearly read a trilogy (3 book) and read Drood ( huge book) and (the last dickens) and I felt my tbr list went “down”.. joke.. big joke. But I have promised myself not to buy ANY more books with the exception of if I find it in a thrift shop for something like 50 cents. that helps a lot because I don’t get out often and most times I get out its to a doctor or food shopping.. the thrift stores are maybe one every 4 to 6 weeks so I plan on making a dent in the tbr books this year!! ( oh and I will get ONE book when it comes out, Michael Scott’s 4th book to the Nicholas Flamel series) I will take a photo when my orders from amazon get here but its nothing like yours! LOL 5 books and 2 movies!

  6. I laughed when I saw the picture of the learn to crochet book. I said to Jason – he bought one! πŸ˜€ I actually broke down and bought the creepy crochet bok, too, the day after we got home. Now I need to re-learn how to crochet…

  7. Oh.. btw… i am betting you could have blamed Debi for the crochet book since the little pumpkin we got made me crochet too! I wish I lived closer I would teach you what little I know.. it ain’t a lot trust me, which should tell you that you don’t have to learn a lot to do quite a few things when crocheting!

  8. It was worth the wait, I think! I love seeing your bad blogger posts so much πŸ™‚ How will you ever decide what to read first?!

  9. Um…if you think this is embarrassing, wait until you see my Salon post tomorrow, which includes the…36 books I’ve acquired in the last week…yeah…

  10. I loved the Housekeeper and the Professor. I checked it out of the library and I have had it on my paperbackswap list since. I want my aunt to read it too. πŸ™‚

  11. Ooo, does this one go onto the bad blogger wall of shame? LOL! Of course, this from the girl that while she was supposed to be Christmas shopping placed a Book Closeouts order of her own (Half price on already discounted fiction? Who can turn a blind eye to that??). As I’m opening it (with great relish of course), my mom is saying, “you got books for *yourself*?” and I’m all like “Nooooo, you don’t know what’s in here!” *eyes downcast* “Yes, yes I did. But it’s only 7! I really restrained myself!” Things are going to get pretty dicey in a few weeks, though, when the next library book sale rolls around and I am unable to hold myself back. That said, I am much in admiration of your many new books…I mean, I’ll take a few off your hands if it’ll make you feel better about things…. πŸ˜›

  12. Ooh, so many books! So many GOOD books, at that!

    I think Nymeth steered you right with the Rushdie. It’s the only one I’ve read so far, but it was indeed an excellent place to start.

  13. LOL: so many books! Such fun!

    This post cracked me up! I love Rushdie, but I haven’t read Haroun yet (it’s next onmy list). I read Phantoms in the Brain earlier this year on Rich’s recommendation!

    Um, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Noodle Maker. But I’m curious what you’ll think of it! πŸ˜‰

  14. Wow, did I actually get two points? AMAZING! Now, I am going to jump up and down because you got BLUENOSE GHOSTS AND OUTLANDER. Yay, Canada! Did you get the 2nd edition of BLUENOSE GHOSTS? I want to see what the differences are… GEEKTASTIC was really good, too. I am such a geek myself, though! lol πŸ™‚ (Well, you are too….) Now I am feeling really good that I only bought 7 books. lol Enjoy! Merry Christmas, Chris! ❀

  15. I gave my daughter Nevermore for Christmas – and she’s already finished it and put book two on hold at the library. She has also told me that I MUST read it. πŸ™‚

  16. Nymeth, I am sure that I will indeed love One For Sorrow πŸ˜€ And there’s a big difference between your plans for TBR domination being ruined and mine…you didn’t BUY half of the books that came into your house…*bookbanfail* I’m really excited about the Rushdie πŸ˜€ Thanks again!!

    Debi, LOL…good way of looking at it :p Of course you can come stay with me for a few months and read some of these books!! Do you even have to ask?? LOL Do you have your paperback swap wishlist set to auto request? That’s what I do…that way when someone lists it, I just either move up in line or just get it right away! That’s one thing I really like about PBS. I’m really excited about Mary Oliver!! I flipped through the book and it looks wonderful! Lu recommended her to me. I can’t wait until you finish Atlas. It’s one I’m sure you’ll reread a few times.

    Lu, I seriously need to come visit you 😦 I’m having the worst time learning to crochet and I’m about to give up T_T I can’t even do a simple chain!!! I’m horrible at this!

    Bart, I know, I know…I thought it was but 33 really is nothing, right? >>

    Deslily, LOL LOL…you know what? I actually did go get a bookshelf out of the garage today and haul it into my room :p It looks so much better now!! 112 TBR books?! That’s a lot for you! You have me laughing now too because I remember the days when you used to get on me for having THAT many :p Now I’m getting close to 400!! That’s bad, huh? LOL. I won’t run out of stuff to read soon though! I can’t wait to see pics of your Amazon order πŸ˜€ I just love bookporn! And guess what I’m doing as I type up these comments? Yep, I’m curled up with my afghan and admiring your work just wishing I could be half as talented as you are!! Seriously Pat, I’ve been trying for two days now just to learn how to do a simple damn chain stitch in crochet and I can’t!! I wish you lived closer too. I sure could use a real lesson :/

    Amanda, Yep, I bought one, but I’m afraid that it’s really not helping all that much 😦 I can’t learn for the life of me…I’m a total failure at this so far to the point that I want to just give up. I need real lessons from someone! I wish I would’ve learned while you were here! And I just saw your post πŸ˜€ I’m going to go back and comment in a sec!

    Becky, I have NO idea what to read first :p I really want to read Lips Touch Three Times though! It looks so amazing. I didn’t know about the fabulous illustrations inside!! I’m so glad that you recommended that one to me!!

    Brittanie, Oh I’m thrilled to hear that πŸ˜€ I’m really thrilled about that one! It sounds so damn good!

    Megan, Oh yeah πŸ˜€ This one definitely goes on the wall of shame. It’s a record. The worst post before this was 30 books :p And that was also this year…it’s been a rough year on the old TBR pile. LOL. I caught that same BookCloseouts sale!! And made the same look of shame to my family, lol. In fact, 7 of these books came from that sale. You just can’t pass up something like that!

    Memory, Awesome! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve read that one and enjoyed it!! REally looking forward to it πŸ˜€

    Eva, Yeah, I’d say it’s a little extreme, huh? LOL I hadn’t even heard of Haroun before!! I was so excited when I got it. I just love the cover to it…it’s gorgeous! I do remember you reading Phantoms in the Brain now!!! It was familiar to me, but at the same time it wasn’t. Awesome πŸ˜€ I’m even more excited now!! I couldn’t remember what you thought of The Noodle Maker, just that you made me want to read it, lol. See, even if you hate a book I want to read it :p

    Kelly, You did!! You got two points!!! And I’m reading Canadian books!! Yay Canada indeed :p I don’t know which edition it is of Bluenose Ghosts exactly…it’s on the shelf and I’m too lazy to get up, lol. Us geeks will all love Geektastic! It looks so freaking good that I almost peed my pants a little when I saw it!!

    Carrie, It sounds like a really good book!! I can’t wait to read it myself πŸ™‚

  17. You won’t be disappointed in The Housekeeper and The Professor, I promise you that.

  18. Wahoo for Bluenose Ghosts! And Crochet!

    Were your ears burning? I was talking about you on Twitter when I heard you bought a crochet book. I was excited to hear you bought a pattern book. Amigurumi is pretty easy. Good luck!

    And Bluenose Ghosts! Nova Scotia folklore! Hurray!

  19. Ha! I got my husband the Creepy Crochet book for Christmas. He has already made a little Cthulhu and it is awesome. It now hangs out on the television with my Very Hungry Caterpillar and we’re trying to decide who would win that fight. I vote Caterpillar, because Little Cthulhu is small enough to fit in his mouth.

  20. Oh, Chris, no wonder I love you! You make me look so tame, by comparison. πŸ™‚ I’ve bought 7 or 8 books, over the holidays, and I got one from my future daughter-in-law (finally, I’m acquiring a relative who thinks it’s still okay to buy me a book!!!!!).

    I hope you love Agent to the Stars as much as I did. I feel really good about taking the blame for that one. Nymeth is seriously, heavily blame-worthy. I think someone ought to hire her as a professional reviewer, actually. She’s already influencing the masses.

    You’ll have a few more, after Christmas, but Bookfool is waiting till the holidays end to do any mailing. Christmas cards were a total wash. I wrote one — to my aunt, who is worried that she’ll never hear from me, again. Had to reassure her, since she’s my favorite aunt in the whole wide world. I haven’t actually put it in the mailbox, yet.

    Happy early New Year, Chris!!! I should be back from my blog holiday next week, in case you were wondering. πŸ˜‰

  21. Great books indeed….a sure read for ardent readers….i have read crochet and thirst which I came across while browsing on an online bookstore – Rest i have put under my “must read” list πŸ™‚

  22. That is indeed an embarrassment of riches, but it is a good thing! Its wonderful to have so many books that you want to read…now the hard part is choosing where to start!

  23. ARGH! Late comment, but seriously – Dreamside is my favourite Graham Joyce novel. Read that one first! – LOL!

  24. Ok, *hangs head in shame* I am so late coming here, and thank you so much for mentioning me and the Bluenose Ghosts bits i was posting! I felt so badly for not finishing the way I wanted to, but I was in such a bad place waiting for the test results….anyway, everything is fine and good now, and I still have to finish the book, so I might post more snippets as I finish it! A good ghost story during the winter is just as much fun! I love all the books you have, and I truly adore Graham Joyce, and just discovered Dreamside existed! So it’s on my wishlist now too. You know you are one of my favourite bad bloggers too! it’s nice to give a bad point back to you! lol

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