Saturday, March 10, 2012

Deadlines and Sundays

Welcome Sunday Saloners... I cannot believe it's already Sunday again.  Where did this past week go?!

I'm almost embarrassed to share my weekly haul with In My Mailboxers (hosted by the amazing Kristi at The Story Siren). I mean... as soon as I decide I must ABSOLUTELY not gather any more books in my TBR pile, I get lots.  I may be exagerating, but when I really want to read more than 10 books all at the same time and there's only one of me and Sundays keep comin' round so quickly... AND I still need to finish the business taxes THIS WEEK, it's a conundrum.

Are there any other businesses out there that put their taxes off 'til the week of March 15th?!  *ahem*  I usually get them done in January, the faster to spend whatever money I can get back in refund, but this year... well, it's just been a nasty-complicated year on the business end of things and I hardly need any motivation to procrastinate. Really... I'm a natural.  So, here I am lookin' down the barrel of half a week to get it all done. *gulp*

My favorite package this week came from an accidental contact with Orbit Books & Yen Press. It was one of those... "no, you got the wrong publisher for the book you're interested in, but how about one of these?" When I got over being so stupid as to mix up British and American publishers and their books, I saw this series. Would I like to catch up on the series to properly review the newest release?!  Um... WOULD I EVER?!?! 

Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5)I rec'd Timeless for my Nook and these came in the mail. Don't hate me b/c I also got a copy of the new Manga of Soulless, too (just released March 1st). I'm so excited I can barely peak inside the pages... "barely". I managed a very small peak, however, which meant I had to start Soulless immediately. I mean, so much attitude and so much skill in dispatching the stupid vampire in the very first scene... how could I not start it immediately?!  TBR pile forgotten... I'm in too deep to stop now. *sigh*  It's really fun!!!



The Dawn Of AngelsThe thing is... I have books that need to be reviewed ASAP.  And I should have learned my lesson when March 8th arrived and I hadn't finished The Dawn of Angels, yet. It was CRAZY to finish the book as quickly as I could and then write up my review immediately for posting. C.R.A.Z.Y. That book was not the zippy read it looks like it would be on the cover. Nope. I didn't know if Kyra was dreaming or living if I skimmed at all, and the story twisted and turned in surprising ways, so it was hold-on-for-the-whole-ride-or-fall-off sort of a read.

I did not learn my lesson. I have this idea that I read for fun and not for reviewing. I know, weird.

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That's not the only way I don't listen to myself (why anyone would is beyond me!) On Wednesday I posted a wonderfully well-thought Tier to show books I love 'em. I called it The Book Love Tier and added cute book pictures from Pinterest. According to me, buying books at a resale event should be a last resort since it doesn't benefit the author. I forgot I was going to the mid-school Luau on Friday night, where they'd have a book sale.  It's all well & good to say "don't buy used books" when I'm not in the vicinity of any of 'em. It's a whole 'nother bucket of beez wax when I'm surrounded by books for only $1/each. It did NOT help that I was at Goodwill earlier, priming the pump, so to speak, so that buying books for $1 was just gonna happen unless someone duck-taped me to the wall, or something (and I'm a little old for hazing.) This priming I completely blame on Tiffany who posted Why I love Goodwill earlier this past week with an amazing haul. I am SO innocent!!!!!


Um... let me explain... the candles were won in the silent auction (yay!) and I forgot I already have a copy of The Lightning Thief. Lori Wick is an author a friend of mine reads... the ONLY author my friend reads. I've given up getting her to read any of my favorite books... I'll read one of hers (maybe) and then maybe we can have a book discussion.  (Oh, the reasons I blog!! Like discussing wonderful BOOKS with all you lovely people!!!!)

I've never read Water for Elephants, but I've wanted to and it was only $1!!! Madeleine L'Engle for $1?!  Plus I got a book on soccer for Dash and a Princess Barbie book for Trinity - they took off with them before I could get a picture. Six books for $5 plus a free travel mug.  I ask you again, how could I not buy books?!  If I hadn't been interrupted after gathering these together, I'd've spent $50 bucks there, so I suppose I was "rescued". I mean, I have no shelf space left. And it's not like we didn't "support the local school" with all kinds of silent auction wins. I'm not confessing any of that again... read yesterday's Interlude if you must.

I suppose this is a good time to admit to another box of books that arrived recently that I forgot to mention. I already thanked Uniquely Moi for her sale, so I didn't really need to show off my deals, did I?! Maybe not. But maybe somebody out there loves one of these is a book and thinks I should bump up my TBR pile!!! The Host & Wicked Lovely. Plus Graceling to share with a Reader in the near future!!!


One of this week's highlights was seeing some sunshine. Rare in Oregon in March. The sunshine brought out the lawn mowers and smiles.  While waiting for the bus we heard that distinct tapping that can only be woodpeckers. One of 'em posed for me.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Have a great Sunday!

45 comments:

  1. Hi!

    I replied to your emails but think they arent getting though. I left a message on FB too, if you want to arrange though pm on there.

    Donna

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    1. phew! I found your emails!! That was weird!!! thx!

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  2. so many books *__________* i'm jalous but happy for you. I really want graceling but one day perhaps.^^ As for resale books....it's useful sometimes and i think the authors don't mind a lot because that's also mean we share the love of their books and if you buy the first one in a resale perhaps you will be hooked and buy the other in the serie in new

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    1. Yea... I'm sure you're right. Graceling is one of my fav books... I bought this one to give to a reader!! :-)

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  3. Oh, to resist a book is so hard. To resist a $1 book is impossible! I have a Nook and prefer to read on it, however I can't stop myself from buying a book that is just too great of a deal -)

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    1. I know, right?! I keep thinking of more books I want from that sale, too. Hahahahaha

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  4. I do kind of go crazy over books, too...lol

    I haven't gone to any used book sales...haven't noticed anything like that happening around here, but then again, I'm kind of stuck here on the computer or nearby with my nose in a book!

    Enjoy!

    As for taxes, I regularly post about my anxiety...and I procrastinate because I usually owe more money! This year, though, I did not!

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON

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    1. :-) I'm glad you got your taxes out of the way. It's probably a good idea to stay near the books you already have. Definitely!!

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  5. I adored the manga for "Soulless" - it was AWESOME - I think I liked it more than the original! I seriously can't wait until volume 2 comes out. :) Enjoy all of those lovely books!

    My IMM this week!

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    1. oh, YAY!!!! :-) It sucked me right in, that's for sure!! :-) You probably have to wait awhile for #2, now, right?

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  6. So many new books! Heaven! I've read Graceling, liked it very much, but the Soulless series has been on my TBR forever. I love your energy in this post, you really have so much fun reading! Good luck with the taxes!

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    1. Hmmm... too much energy?! I think it helps to be very, very, very BUSY plus loud music and people coming and going and there's always someone asking me if I've finished writing that post, yet, and what else they can snack on. It adds a sort of frantic-ness to writing anything. Right now I'm listening to the Nascar race - loud enough to feel like I'm a the track. Definitely flavors my, um, energy level!!!! Yikes! I probably do attack reading like a fun obstacle course.

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  7. SO many awesome books... one of my favs, Water For Elephants... *swooooon*. Enjoy

    Here is my IMM

    Happy Reading!
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

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  8. Haha, you got some great books! And we all know how that goes. It's impossible to keep up with the ever growing TBR (: I hope you enjoy them all though!

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews
    My IMM

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    1. Yea... I managed so well pre-blogging for some reason. More knowledge leads to bigger TBR pile, I guess!!!!

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  9. Wow! $1 books are a deal, I don't blame you. Love that the confusion ended up working for you. The Host is my favorite Meyers novel, hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

    Preet @ AWR

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    1. Ah!! Thank you!! It's a rather thick book, which means it'll require time. I'm so glad to hear it's worthwhile!!!

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  10. Holy Crap! You got a HUGE number of books this week! You are going to have some fun reading ahead of you :)

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  11. I LOVED Graceling. It is my favourite read so far this year. I loveloveloveeeeed it. I'm kind of sad that the series doesn't follow the characters though. Each book is new characters or expands on characters from Graceling (Bitterblue), so I haven't read the second, Fire, yet. But I'm sure I'll love it because I love how the author writes!

    You got so much! I want to read those soulless books! They sound so awesome and I've always seen good reviews of them!

    Today was beautiful! It was 65 with no breeze so I laid outside and read a book for about 1.5 hours before the wind started to pick up and get a bit too chilly for getting sun. :D Super pumped that this week should be in the 60s/low 70s, all week I'll read for a bit outside! Get a jumpstart on my tan!

    I bought Water for Elephants and I can't wait to get into it..someday..>_> haha. My TBR pile is ever expanding as well. I saw a cute picture the other day, "For every one book I take off my TBR, 10 more get added" yeeeup. That's about how it is.

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    1. Ooh, I'm seriously JEALOUS of you reading outside!!! NICE!! We're in the middle of a gusty cold storm, like snow-n-ice-n-wind. Not exactly reading outdoor stuff... although I wrote it into my lil' Dr Seuss poem on Monday. :-)

      I totally LOVED Graceling, too!!! Fire was a whole different experience for me. I didn't enjoy the hero as much or the conflict or anything. So... I'm super-duper curious about Bitterblue!!!

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    2. Baaam. I got Soulless today at a used bookstore for $3! It's in super nice condition too. Have you read it yet!?! :)))

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    3. AM READING!!! I brought it with me to the zoo today and read on the bus loaded with hopping, screaming first graders. I tell ya... added a dimension to chapter 2!!!!

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    4. Are you going to start it now? I have to finish Halflings and write my review for Monday and I have Day of first Sun (or some such) due Thurs, but I can't hardly leave Soulless sitting!! :-D

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    5. Noo, I won't be starting it until the beginning of April most likely. I'm trying to read all of the books I bought on my Kindle this month, and then next month I'm gonna try to focus on the books I actually OWN. I think that will be the one I start with. I read the first chapter though on the way home from the bookstore, so maybe I might just read it in between all of my other readings...I pretty much shrieked at my mom when I saw it (and the lady who owns the bookstore came over to see if everything was alright (yes ma'am it sure is i'm just a little excited over a book!), we were looking for Ben Bova and it just jumped out at me. I would have bought all of them if they had more of the series, but it was the only one they had in. Whatevs! No complaints.

      I'll keep my eye out for your review!!!

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  12. Just wanted to leave a comment and let you know I stopped by! I get your blog posts in my email inbox, so I read everything you write (and LOVE it), but don't often find time to actually stop by your blog. So here I am! *Waving*
    Nice TBR pile, I have the same problem with collecting books, especially from the thrift store! Have a great week!

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  13. That was a fab IMM. I just kept scrolling down and there was more- and more- and more! Lucky gal!
    Loved the Host! It can start slow though so don't give up right away because it eventually gets moving.

    We had a sunny day here too so I'm not envious.

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    1. Cool!! :-) We're back to windy rain, so I'm jealous of my Sunday! Hahahahaha I really need to slow down the new book intake. Yikes! :-D

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  14. Hi Laura, I so love your enthusiasm. I'm glad you mentioned taxes since it reminded me to take care of mine. Although I think I've been randomly selected for the no-filing system this year, which is always a good thing. :)

    Those boxes of books are awesome. I love boxes and boxes and boxes of books. There's always that warm and fuzzy feeling with the knowledge of all those stories waiting to be read and sweep you off your feet. You have great titles here. I've been meaning to read Water for Elephants as well for the longest time, I have the Blu-ray but haven't watched it yet. Would love to read the book first. I'm sure you'd have more than enough books here for the AWB Reading Challenge as well. Enjoy!

    Here's mine over at GatheringBooks:
    http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/launch-of-girl-power-and-womens-wiles/

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  15. I actually liked The Host more than the Twilight series. And that's really saying something since I have a vampire fetish. I'm interested to see how you like Soulless because I've considered picking that one up. Great haul!

    Thanks for visiting my IMM.

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  16. Love your post, very amusing. I agree with manda-rae about The Host. I love my vampires, but The Host is by far the better book! Definitely move that one up the list.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  17. That's such a wonderful IMM, thanks for sharing it. I got Graceling and Fire this week too, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by,

    Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic
    My IMM!

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  18. Wow, you had an awesome week!!! I am so glad I have joined the Sunday Salon and am finding great blogs like yours.
    Thanks for stopping by today.

    Have a wonderful week!!

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  19. Great book week! And yes - I know what you mean. It's sooooo hard to resist the books. Sometimes, I just end up broke. :) Happy reading!

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  20. Oooh! Looks like you got some great books this week! I see some I need to add to my to read list!

    Thanks for sharing!
    http://paulettespapers.com/

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  21. WOW! That's a lot of books. Everyone seems to really love Carringer's series. Excited to see the Manga of Soulless too. Enjoy!

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  22. Excellent haul this week! I love when mix ups lead you to new reads, that is one of the reasons I love blogging so much! Hope you enjoy The Host and Graceling, I really enjoyed both of those!

    Thanks for stopping by =D

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    1. You read my post!!! :-D Thx!! That was an amazing mix-up. I was sooooo embarrassed, too, which just makes it sweeter.

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  23. Yay! I am in your mail! Well, kind of... Lol! I too am a sucker for taking on too much at once. Can't help it with all those fabulous books though :)

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    1. Yea!! I meant YOU, of course... I should have linked back to you and let you know, but I got sidetracked and forgot to come back. I'm so glad you saw it! Way fun box. I had no idea The Host was so big. There's something about having a book in yer hands that's different than cover pix or digital copies!

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