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I *heart* Used Book Stores

Especially since I live 5 minutes away from an awesome one.  I just took in two boxes of books for approximately $80 worth of credit.  Now cumulatively I have about $100 there, which is good and bad.  Good because now I have $100 credit; bad because it'll take me forever to spend it since I am much more discriminatory about buying books now.  And typically for my must buy books, I end up buying at a store or on amazon.com anyway because I can't wait for it to start appearing at a used book store.  Hmm. Problems. But still, this way, I got rid of some old books that I've outgrown and now have lots of credit. 

The books they didn't take include some random authors that I don't even remember reading, some old Sandra Browns, Julie Garwoods, one Jude Deveraux, a couple of Teresa Medeiros, Karen Robards and a couple of Johanna Lindsays.  Hmm. I wonder if these authors are in the remaining two boxes I have here.  If so, that could be an issue.  I think that store is definitely overstocked with Sandra Brown.  I see a lot of her books there.  Anyway, I have 2 more boxes left here.  Maybe I'll keep it for now.  Seriously, it'll take me years to spend that much $$ there!  Good thing the credit never expires. 

I didn't keep track of what the store did take so I can't miss it.  I do miss it a little though. *sigh*   I wish I had a huge house to keep everything. 

Also on blogger.

Getting rid of books is hard

Remember a while back I posted about how my parents were cleaning out their house and ended up sending me boxes of books that were still at their house?  Well, now I'm cleaning my house.  I'm taking 4 boxes of books to the used bookstore next week.  FOUR BOXES.  I estimate this to be approximately 200 books.  Whatever they don't want, I will take to the library.  This batch includes a lot of classic books I read in school, all of my Sandra Browns, Julie Garwoods, and other authors I liked but may be have outgrown.  It's sad, really sad, to be giving all of these books away.  But it's time.  Now I'm much more discriminating about the books I buy.  Hopefully one day, eBooks will get to the point where I can buy lots of books without feeling bad about space.

On to my review.  This is Book 7 of the Meredith Gentry series.  Meredith is a princess of the faeries.  Her aunt, the Queen, promised her the throne if she gets pregnant before her cousin, Cel.  So to get pregnant, Meredith sleeps with many men (hey, it is a LKH book after all).  Last book, she finally got pregnant. With twins. Each kid fathered by two different men.  Eh…

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book.  I was actually a little thrown off because now that Meredith is pregnant, there's no sex with many men on every other page.  There is still sex, but much more toned down.  But on the other hand, the whole book didn't seem to have much of a plot other than the usual.  People trying to kill Meredith.  Lots of faerie fighting, Meredith getting lots of power. Some faerie politics that I don't really get.  Blah.  Every other page is now filled with Meredith full of resolve to protect her kids and the men she loves, and about how her magic is one of creation, but at the same time destruction.  It's all very grand and thematic and very blah.  I can't really explain it.  But I think back on good fantasy books like David Eddings.  This just doesn't compare.  It's like a kid playing at writing fantasy, with a touch of erotica.  But it's neither good fantasy nor good erotica.  I honestly don't know why I keep reading.  At least I get it from the library.  Grade: D.

ARGH!

Stupid DRM!  I can borrown eBooks from my library online, but I can't read it using Stanza on my iPod. I pretty much hate reading long PDF files on my laptop.  *sigh*  I guess I won't be using the digital library until this DRM crap is sorted out.

Happy 2009!

Wow – Can't believe it's the new year already!  I have to start the count again for 2009. 

2008 was a pretty good year, even though I was delinquent in writing up reviews.  I'm just going to list the books I read for the year and give the final tally.  As I was making the list below, I re-read some of my reviews and was remembering the books I read, good and bad.  The books I haven't reviewed don't yet have grades (bad me!).  In 2009, my goal is to review as I read.  We'll see how that goes. In 2008, I discovered some new authors that I really enjoyed.  Julia Quinn among them.  In 2009, I will continue to try new authors, perhaps based on some blog recs (janicu, dear author, smart bitches). 

So, below is a list/tally of my 2008:  47!

(But when I get home, I'm going to look around to see if maybe I read 3 books I didn't remember to round it up to 50).

  1. Love You to Death by Melissa Senate, B+
  2. Second Hand World by Katherin Min, B+
  3. The Perfect Bride by Brenda Joyce, D-
  4. Out of the Shadows by Kay Hooper, B+
  5. Hiding in the Shadows by Kay Hooper, B-
  6. Servant the Awakening by L.L. Foster, D
  7. Creation in Death by J.D. Robb, B
  8. Fear No Evil by Allison Brennan, A-
  9. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, B
  10. Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan, B+
  11. The Prey by Allison Brennan, B+
  12. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb, B+
  13. Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper, C+
  14. Die for Me by Karen Rose, B
  15. The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau Vampires, Book 7) by Lynsay Sands, B+
  16. Private Arrangement by Sherry Thomas, B+
  17. Good Enough by Paula Yoo, B
  18. From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Series, Book 8) by Charlaine Harris, B+
  19. Quicksand by Iris Johansen, B-
  20. Undead and Uneasy by Maryjanice Davidson, B
  21. A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton, C
  22. Escape by Carolyn Jessop, B+
  23. Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen, B
  24. Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas, A-
  25. Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon, C+
  26. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, B
  27. You Can't Hide by Karen Rose
  28. Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
  29. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs 
  30. Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  31. Trust Me by Brenda Novak
  32. Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
  33. Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson, F!
  34. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  35. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  36. An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  37. To Sir Philip With Love by Julia Quinn
  38. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  39. Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose
  40. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
  41. Between the Sheets by Robin Wells
  42. Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey
  43. The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
  44. Dark Summer by Iris Johansen
  45. The Dim Sum of All Things by Kim Wong Keltner
  46. Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann
  47. Archeron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goal for next year: 50 again. I can dooo it! 🙂