Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lit: Books, Books, and More Books

This week I'm just going to be rambling (and ranting a little) - I just wanted to forewarn you right up front.

I just ordered another book for my Nook; today's Nook deal was Sarah Dessen's What Happened To Goodbye? I've been hearing you all rave about Dessen for years so for $2.99 I decided it was time to give her a shot. Young adult books are usually not my thing but I'm trying to be more open minded..

I see that Meg Waite Clayton's latest book, The Wednesday Daughters is being released today. Clayton's The Wednesday Sisters is one of the books I've got ready on the Nook. Bloggers, have any of you read the new one yet?

I've been taking books to sell to Half-Price Books for a couple of years. I'm not always thrilled about the amount of money I get, but I've always looked at it this way: the books are out of my house and I got enough money to buy at least a couple of new-to-me books. But the other day I took more than a dozen recent, mostly hardcover books, in and after waiting 15-20 minutes got an offer of $4. $4?? That doesn't even pay for the time I was waiting for them! I get their pricing scheme; it's all about supply and demand and right now they have more supply than they know what to do with. But offering someone $4 for a dozen good books is kind of an insult. I walked out of the store with my books and will donate them to my library for their book sale.

I found this quote on Meg Waite Clayton's website:

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one. "— C.S. Lewis

I must say, I love that! I truly think that all of the friends I've made as an adult have come to me that way. Also, I think C.S. Lewis must have been a fascinating person; I'm always coming across wonderful things he has said.

I set a goal on Goodreads this year to try to read 80 books in 2013. I have only finished 35. Argh! I have read a couple of seriously big books (The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Under The Dome and half of Les Miserable) and there were a couple of books that I started and didn't finish. But I have over 700 books on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads and there are a good deal more books I don't have listed there that I want to read and/or already own to read. People, I am NOT a young woman! If I have any hope of reading a fraction of what I'd like to read in my lifetime, I need to get cracking!

What's the latest bookish news with you?

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