Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You'd All Be So Proud...

I went to Barnes and Noble after work today with the intention of buying the new Orson Scott Card book that came out today, War of Gifts, and guess what...I bought it and it was the only book I bought! For those who have read my blog for awhile, you will know that it's a rare occasion that I walk out of a bookstore with only the book that I intended to leave with. It's usually at least a $50 bill. But today, it was only $10.14 with my member discount :)

Oh sure, there were plenty of distractions along the way. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the beautiful new edition of War and Peace that Dark Orpheus made me aware of. So I drooled over that one for a little while and then put it back on the display slightly more damp than it was before. But I will be buying that one next year. I want to read some more Tolstoy and that edition is just to nice to pass up!

Then I pass the huge dark fantasy/horror display...now how I managed to get past this one without taking any home is beyond me...I just kept saying "no!" Of course now they have a bajillion copies of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury now that I've gone and ordered it off of Amazon since I couldn't find it there the other night. So if it doesn't arrive from Amazon by tomorrow, I now know that I can go buy the $5.50 copy at B&N for my Halloween night reading pleasure.

So basically, I found a bunch of books that I'll be buying eventually anyway, but the important thing is that I didn't blow my whole paycheck today! Maybe the kid is finally learning how to control spending habits...er, yeah, that's it....

I was very happy to find War of Gifts though! I was preparing myself for disappointment. My poor favorite author never gets the attention he deserves on the day his books are released. So I went to the Sci-Fi section and sure enough there were none there...I kept looking and as I was about to give up I saw a huge pile of the books by the front door! I'm guessing this one actually got some promotion because it's an Ender story. It's a cool little book and I'm sure I'll read all of it's 126 pages tonight. It's what all of us Ender fans have been referring to as "Christmas in Battle School" for the last 2 or 3 years. And that's what it is. It's the story of Christmas (which is banned) during the events of Ender's Game.

In other news, I'm waiting to the very last minute to post my RIP wrap-up because I want to squeeze in The Halloween Tree tomorrow night. I'm also reading Rebecca right now, which is amazing, but I'm only about 200 pages in, so I doubt I'll finish that by tomorrow with the new Orson Scott Card and The Halloween Tree to read. So that one will count as a November read. But I have completed the RIP Challenge and have read 11 books so far. I have one more short story in the Wizards anthology which I'll probably read tonight which will bring me up to 12. That's all my book news for the day!

9 comments:

Debi said...

I am soooo impressed! I didn't know it was possible to come out of a bookstore without impulse purchases!

Chris said...

I didn't think it was possible either, Debi! At least not for me...

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on walking out with only one book :P I have been using a lot of self-restraint myself lately.

I FINALLY managed to find a copy of The Halloween Tree on Monday, and I read it between yesterday and today. It's only 145 pages long and there's lots of illustrations, so it only takes 2 or 3 hours to read. Anyway... what an amazing book. I'll post a review when I'm less exhausted, but yeah, you're in for a perfect Halloween treat.

Chris said...

Nymeth, Right after I posted this I got my copy of The Halloween Tree in the mail! I'm so excited :) It looks amazing and I'm in love with the cover. Looking forward to your review of it! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Bookfool said...

Wowee, you've read a lot for the RIP!! And, congratulations on walking out with only one book. I know how difficult that is. We were in Jackson, tonight (test driving a car) and dropped by B & N. I didn't buy anything at all for myself - just two books for the kiddo. It's very possible that I've finally realized I've got plenty to keep me busy. LOL

I love Ender's Game, so the book you bought sounds terrific. I'm anxious to see what you think of it.

Chris said...

Bookfool, Ooh, test driving a car?? What are y'all looking at? Already finished the book, so you can read my review posted above :p It was great! No books at all for yourself?! Now that's impressive ;)

cj said...

Congratulations, Chris! I'm not sure I could do it so I've been staying away from our little local bookstore. I'd be lost if we had a B&N anywhere closer than a two hour drive...

cjh

DesLily said...

hmmm I know I left a comment on this post but it seems it got eaten! ..

anyway..

I am deeply proud of you! (but don't think for a moment I think that this will ever happen again!LOL)

Chris said...

CJ, I don't know what I'd do without our big bookstores :p It's nice to be able to find just about any book you want whenever you want it. I love the little independent book shops down here too though. We have a somewhat famous street down here in the uptown part of New Orleans called Magazine Street and they have the coolest little bookshops on that street!

Deslily, Sorry your comment got eaten :( It's probably the stupid word verification thing I had to put on here that did it. And you know me way too well ;) I'm sure this was only a one time thing!