Looking for a new book?

I don’t know how everyone else shops for the holidays, but I like to get all mine done in November so it is out of the way! I’ve got a pretty hectic schedule this coming season, between working retail hours and studying for the final for my first grad class, things will be pretty tight, and last minute shopping will not be an option! (Though, Amazon Prime for Students is an AWESOME deal… with overnight shipping options for $3.99.)

For those of you struggling to come up with ideas, I’m going to make this entry a bit more interactive.

Since I know many (if not all) of my readers, I’m going to take on the task of answering some reader’s advisory questions you may have for me. Submit a comment and I will write back with some suggestions — and a link to the book.

  • If you’d like a book recommendation for yourself, so long as I know you, I can probably suggest one right off the bat. (Otherwise, tell me about yourself.)
  • If you are looking for a book for someone else, give me a bit of info on them, and I’ll do my best!

Ready? Go!

The Sickness Lingers

You know, I was beginning to think I was getting over buying new books, and then I got a package in the mail today. The package contained a book that I had pre-ordered back in July that was only released a few days ago. Once I checked back through my pile of emails, I saw that I actually saved about 4 dollars from pre-ordering. (Instead of paying $17.99 for a brand new hardcover, I spent $8.99)

 

The book is Crossed, by Ally Condie. Sequel to her debut novel Matched, one of these strong-female-protagonist-driven-dystopias that have been so popular in Young Adult literature today. The first book didn’t take me too long to get through so hopefully I can whiz through this one before too long. Just in flipping through the pages of this book, I can tell the author has taken the book in a different direction. She’s switching off narrators every other chapter and now there’s a rather pitiful looking… well… not a ‘map’… but more of a landscape with words over it… between the book’s dedication and epigraph. I’m hoping the success of the first book hasn’t gone to the author’s head too quickly… There’s still one more expected book in this trilogy, and it’ll be interesting to see where this volume takes us.

What’s really sad (as in pathetic) is that I had looked online just a few days ago and thought “Gosh, that book just came out… I really wish I could order it, but I’m trying to keep up with the blog… I really shouldn’t…” Hmm.

Since then, I’ve looked back through my history on Amazon.com and there are no more hidden pre-orders waiting to be shipped out (drats!) but with all the school work that I have, I will be hard-pressed to finish reading this month’s book club book — Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close… but so far so good!

Books Abroad

Welcome back, faithful readers. It has been quite a while since my last update, but after a whirlwind trip to France to see my boyfriend and a few grad school assignments, I’m finally getting back in the swing of things.

Speaking of France… the trip was fantastic! I found myself yearning to go into book stores everywhere, but unfortunately, since everything was in French, there was no point in buying anything because I wouldn’t be able to read them. It was a giant tease, and it definitely shed some light on what it means to want to buy a book versus reading a book. Of course, that didn’t keep me from looking! The following photos are taken during my travels through Toulouse, France.

“Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Books at Carrefour

They have ‘best sellers’ in grocery stores just like we do in The States.

It’s just screaming my name!

I wanted to find books that were familiar to me… They even had The Hunger Games!

In France, it seems like all the books are published by the same company, or at least with the same uniform cover and format. THIS I like. I love having all of my books in the same format, same style, same everything… Thank god I don’t speak/read French because this would be dangerous!

I tried to follow the signs to find English books, but to no avail. Still, it was awesome to see them all in French. I still wish I would have picked one up, but it would have only served as more of a sentimental purpose rather than a practical want to read.

At the Heathrow Airport, I have to admit, I did stop by a book store — they had an amazing sale! And the books were in English, but I refrained. I’m still trying to work my way through this month’s Book Club book… Last month was the first time I didn’t finish one for our meeting, and hopefully it’ll be the last!

Time to get back to reality!