Two Dumb Things About Reading and Buying Books (And Me)

27 Jan

Okay, so I’m procrastinating here with this post when I actually have to work but when I look at the calendar in the sidebar it shows that there’s not one post on a Tuesday this month and for me, that reason is good enough.

So, two dumb things about reading and buying books in relation to moi.

Dumb Thing #1

I have nearly 100 books in my TBR pile, I have a couple of books I’m really interested in reading, all bought either in December or Nobember 2008:

ione-larissa-pleasure-unboundLarissa Ione – Pleasure Unbound
It’s a favorite of some readers and it sounds interesting. I mean “…his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever” (back blurb) – phew. And the next one will be out in March, 2009 so I should read this one already.

linden-caroline-what-a-rogue-desiresCaroline Linden – What a Rogue Desires
I bought this one because I really liked Linden’s What a Gentleman Wants and A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, which I read first and while I didn’t like it as much as What a Gentleman Wants it wasn’t bad either. It’s time I read this because Linden has a new one out in February, A View to a Kiss.

raybourn-deanna-silent-in-the-graveDeanna Raybourn – Silent in the Grave
I actually got it because I couldn’t resist the price. My inner bargain hunter couldn’t be swayed even after I pointed out that not buying the book would be even better money-wise than buying it for the greatly reduced price. Then I read the first two sentences and shut up:
“To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.” – Oh, goody.

stuart-anne-black-iceAnne Stuart – Black Ice
I read one Anne Stuart: Hidden Honor which was mostly a fail. But the comments I read for this series sounded intriguing, so I finally bought the first one. And Carolyn Jean just wrote a post about Black Ice that really made me “OMG, I have to read this one right now!”

and yet, when it actually comes to sitting down and reading, I look at these books and I can’t decide or work up any interest even though I’m interested and then I end up reading nothing!


Especially because I had no problem reading two category novels and the two books for the blog challenges. Since writing these things down often helps me, let’s see if it works this time.

Dumb Thing #2

Now, with all this going on, I went and bought more books today:

adrian-lara-veil-of-midnightLara Adrian – Veil of Midnight
I really like Adrian’s Midnight Breed series and especially the world she created there because so far, it seems consistent. I read positive reviews about this one but actually, I would have bought this book even without them.

cole-kresley-kiss-of-a-demon-kingKresley Cole – Kiss of a Demon King
This one is also a paranormal series I like. That I like it was actually the biggest reading surprise I had in 2008 because when I read A Hunger Like No Other, I was far from being wowed and I couldn’t imagine I would read another book in that series. But here I am, not reading any reviews for fear of reading a spoiler when I usually don’t have a problem knowing them. This series is just so much fun, I’m even tempted to read the first one again.

hart-megan-strangerMegan Hart – Stranger
When I read my first Megan Hart novel, Dirty, back in 2007, I was a goner. I bought the next two and while Hart’s novels might not be “flawless,” the stories she tells and the way she writes them appeals to me greatly. The stories are honest, blunt, and raw, and I appreciate that a lot, especially because that’s something I miss in many romance novels (not that I think Hart writes romance). With Hart’s novels, I actually don’t mind that the books cost more than I’m normally willing to pay for a book, and I also have to say, I really like the covers.

I bought these with a gift certificate I got for Christmas. I was tempted to hop on the Internet and order them right on December, 24, (I want them!) but I got a hold of myself. And then my whatever slump kicked in big time and I actually don’t think I will read them right away when I get them (see dumb thing #1) but yeah, I had to buy them now.


I have a gift certificate for books for over a month now and haven’t used it yet.

Really dumb.

I also nearly bought:

  • Robin McKinley – Beauty
  • Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy

But I could stop me there.

Because buying books that are not auto-buys now would be

really, really dumb.


10 Responses to “Two Dumb Things About Reading and Buying Books (And Me)”

  1. Barbara Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh, do I feel you with the procrastinating!! I’m well in to the three digits myself as far as the TBR pile goes. Good luck!

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  3. nath Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    LOL, buying books is never dumb 🙂 and you got some good books 🙂

  4. Taja Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Barbara – it’s always good to not feel all alone, thanks. 🙂

    Nath – LOL, you’re right, of course. Maybe I should tell what I did in the afternoon, after I received a 5 Euro off coupon in my email… 😉

  5. Christine Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Will it make you feel better if I tell you that I received a $40 Barnes & Noble gift certificate for my birthday way back in early October and I still haven’t spent it either?!?

    Also, buying books that are beyond your “auto-buy” list is so much fun! That’s how you discover a new gem to share with us! 🙂

  6. Taja Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Christine, now talk about double-edged. 🙂 I thank you for the sentiment, but I know how scarce time is for you at the moment so umh, let’s just say that I’m thinking about ways to make you feel better now! 😉

    It’s only in times of feeling ho-hum about reading that I’m wary of buying books from authors not on my auto-buy list. Otherwise, I like to be adventurous sometimes. It’s the way I discovered Lara Adrian, for example. I bought the first in the series at the airport in Vienna without knowing anything about the author or the book. And look how that turned out! 🙂

  7. Carolyn Jean Friday, January 30, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Oooh, those are all such exciting books. I so hope you like Black Ice! I see you were a bit so so on Pleasure U. I have that recently bought, so I hope I like it better!

    Mmm, stranger. I need to get that.

  8. Taja Friday, January 30, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Carolyn Jean – I look forward to reading Black Ice.

    As for Pleasure Unbound, it was just the ending I was so so about. I liked the rest, some parts I even really liked, and it has some very interesting things going for it (Christine left a very good comment about that on my review post). I definitely will get the next one.

  9. Sybil Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    100 books TBR really? seriously?

    get thee to the book store! And call us when you have at LEAST oh 500 or so *eg*

  10. Taja Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    ROFL! Thanks, Sybil, for reminding me. 🙂

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