Another successful trip to the bookstore.

Just got back from another jaunt to Borders, $100 poorer and nine books richer.  I absolutely love roaming the various shelves, contemplating the new and exotic people and places waiting for me behind all those intriguing covers. And I always leave feeling refreshed and full of inspiration, excited to curl up and lose myself in the pages.

Today I picked up books from the World and U.S. history sections, as well as from the literature, fantasy and horror sections. I like my trips to the bookstore to be well-rounded and I usually buy titles that will satisfy my love of multiple genres.

I balanced a cup of hazelnut coffee in one hand and the stack of books in the other and plopped my finds onto the counter, where I was welcomed with a shocked expression and an “uh…okay” from the checkout girl. I just smiled and acknowledged my reading-addiction problem, saying that I always overdo it when I go book shopping.  She laughed when I said my husband was going to kill me (he’ll probably just roll his eyes) and replied, “Well, at least you got triple reward points!’  Indeed checkout girl, indeed.

Take a look at today’s buys:

sugar queenThe Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen

 I recently finished Sarah Addison Allen’s first novel, Garden Spells, which I found heartwarming, uplifting, and magical so I was excited to see that her next title was available.  If it’s anything like her debut I’m in for a literary treat.

 

twocitiesA Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

A book I’m currently reading – Drood, by Dan Simmons – piqued my interest in this literary master of classic tales.  Somehow I got through both high school and college without experiencing his works (besides getting halfway through David Copperfield my junior year in high school before being distracted by the latest Anne Rice release).  I intend to remedy that immediately.

hiddenhistoryAmerica’s Hidden History, Kenneth C. Davis

I’m trying to mix in more non-fiction titles and I came across this New York Times Bestseller and thought it looked interesting.  Recently, Tony Horwitz’ A Voyage Long and Strange opened my eyes to how much I really didn’t know about the history of my own country, and I’m eager to learn more and discard the misconceptions on the subject that my brain is undoubtedly clogged with.

14531453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West, Roger Crowley

Along those same lines I picked up this non-fic title about the siege of the great center of the Western world by the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II.  This is a time in history that interests me greatly but I know little about, aside from a class on medieval studies in college (which was fascinating, by the way).  Let’s hope it will shed some light on the subject and give my brain some much needed learning.

zenZen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury

This is a collection of eleven essays from one of the most noteworthy writers of our time.  Chapter titles include, “How to Keep and Feed a Muse,” “Investing Dimes: Fahrenheit 451,” and “Just this Side of Byzantium: Dandelion Wine.”  I recently decided to try and resurrect my love of writing and I figured if anyone could give me pointers, Mr. Bradbury could.

citadelThe Twisted Citadel, Sara Douglass

This is the second volume in the Darkglass Mountain series, which takes place in the same realm as her Wayfarer Redemption series.  In the first book, The Serpent Bride, Douglass brings back beloved characters such as Axis and his father Stardrifter as well as introduces a myriad of new characters that are just as complex and real.  Like all the Sara Douglass books I’ve read so far, I loved the first Darkglass Mountain book and I’m itching to continue the epic tale and see what unfolds in the world of Tencendor.

doornaildeadDead as a Doornail and Definitely Dead, Charlaine Harris

These are the 5th and 6th volumes of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, which the HBO series True Blood is based on.  I was surprisingly late to get on the Sookie bandwagon, considering my affinity for vampiric fiction, but the truth is I didn’t even know about these books until True Blood came out.  I was intrigued by the concept of the show so I decided to try out the first title, Dead Until Dark.  After a truly fun and exciting adventure in Bon Temps, Louisiana, I’ve been going back for more to see what happens to Sookie, Bill, Eric and the rest of the cast of living and undead characters.

wwzWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks

This was a recent recommendation from my cousin and fellow bookophile.  It’s a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller about the haunting accounts of survivors of the horrific worldwide zombie apocalypse, known as World War Z.  I admit I’m a little tentative, only because I’m not a fan of zombies (I find them dull and repulsive at the same time), but I was assured that it was unlike anything I’ve ever read before.  And while I may not be thrilled about the prospect of mindless cannibal corpses, I’m always fascinated with stories of global disasters and the survival of humankind through the breakdown of society, a la Stephen King’s The Stand. 

That’s all for this edition of Book Buys. 

What did you pick off the shelf?

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16 Comments »

  1. Dominique Said:

    The Sugar Queen looks like a great book! I’m reading #4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series right now, I got into them after watching True Blood too. They’re really addictive and so easy to read! Do you like the show or the books better?

  2. Jamye Said:

    Hey Dominique! Thanks for visiting and leaving my first comment! I really liked the fourth Sookie book – I’m a big fan of Eric. Those books are like brain candy, so much fun! I’ve only seen season 1 of the show so far and I really liked it a lot, but I like the books better. What about you?

    • Dominique Said:

      You’re welcome! I didn’t realise I was commenting on your first post 🙂 I’m new to wordpress too, I just transferred my blog to it from http://www.vox.com yesterday. I love it here so far! I really enjoy the books but I think I prefer the show, which is unusual for me in terms of book adaptations! I think it’s really well made, where as at times I have issues with Harris’ writing style. I’ve seen up to the end of season two, it really deviates from the end of book two compared to how season one followed book one pretty closely! I’m loving Eric too, I’ve really enjoyed the fourth book so far.

      • Jamye Said:

        Awesome, I’ll check out your blog! I think the main thing that bothered me about the show was the whole saga with Jason’s freaky new-age girlfriend. She just really irritated me! But I’m really excited to see season 2 when it comes out. I definitely like the actors and the cinematography!

      • Dominique Said:

        She was annoying! I just couldn’t wait for season two so I downloaded it all! I just love Jason, he’s played by an Australian actor who was my favourite characters on one of my favourite shows (Home and Away) when I was in my early teens, so I was really happy to see him in True Blood!

  3. Emily G Said:

    I TOLD you that you’d love the Sookie Stackhouse books! Wait, did I turn you on to those? Now that I think about it, it might have been Mona that I convinced to read them… hmm.
    They’re awesome, though, aren’t they? Personally, I love Quinn. I think he’s hot.

    • Jamye Said:

      Nope, I think you convinced me too (along with Twilight, which I didn’t know about either, lol)! Hmm..Quinn isn’t ringing a bell. Does he come along after the 4th book? Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. Anne Nicol Said:

    Anne said she loved your blog site. First time we ever read one. Anne too is a compulsary reader, if nothing else better comes along she’ll read a Wheaties box.

    Love,

    Papa and Grammy

  5. Lindsay Said:

    My bro LOVES the Zombie one…says it’s great. We had a whole convo about it the other day. ENJOY! Miss ya-

    • Jamye Said:

      Glad to hear it! D won me over and I bought it the same day she told me about it. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Dionne Said:

    Wow, this is great, Jamye!! Now I won’t need to pester you to ask you for new reads, I can just check out your blog! I am definitely going to poach a few of these–let us know what you think of them! 🙂

    • Jamye Said:

      Will do for sure! Let me know when you’re ready to do a guest blog. 🙂

  7. Jannet Said:

    Wow! Thanks for inspiring me to get back on the reading bandwagon. I feel a little better that I stopped to pick up a free book yesterday, but not much. 😉 Will update you on any interesting reads.

    • Jamye Said:

      Well hey, that’s a start! 🙂 Yes, definitely keep me updated, I’m always looking for recommendations!

  8. Elie N Said:

    This is a new one for me. Great review.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)
    http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/


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