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Fell Off the Book Buying Abstinence Bandwagon and Hit the Pavement Hard (But It Felt So Good)

by Ann-Katrina

I spent yesterday out and about with family and two of the places we ended up landing were Costco and Target. Costco and Target, people. How is someone supposed to resist the draw of discounted books staring her in the face? How, I ask?!?

(Obviously I was weak and ended up with three new books: Tales of Old Florida edited by Frank Oppel, 1,001 Dreams by Jack Altman, and Under the Covers and Between the Sheets by C. Alan Joyce & Sarah Janssen)

Tales of Old Florida1,001 DreamsUnder the Covers and Between the Sheets

Each of the books made it into my cart after I picked them up on a lark and flipped through them and decided they were sufficiently interesting. I would have grabbed more, but I was distracted by shiny pens stopped myself just in time.

And remember my slight obsession with journals? Well, I also came home with some new journals and a notebook.

Banana Notebook and JournalsBanana Notebook and Journals

This is actually a set of three small journals (5.75”x8.25”) by the Banana Paper Company with ruled, grid, and blank pages and a large ruled notebook, by the same company, with dates atop the pages.

Ruled Journal PagesGrid Journal PagesBlank Journal PagesBanana Paper Notebook Pages

These pictures, unfortunately, do not do justice to the gorgeous natural grain, specks, and color of the paper. You can, however, click on them for a slightly larger view.

There were even journals made from stone(!), how awesome is that? I would have grabbed a couple if my sister composure did not grip me and drag me out of the stationary aisle.

And I’m love with another journal I snagged, Native Flowers by Jill Bliss. The floral design and subdued colors make me smile inside.

Native Flowers JournalNative Flowers Journal Inside Page

Native Flowers Journal Inside Unruled PageNative Flowers Journal Inside Grid Page

We also made a 5 minute detour to Office Max, and I didn’t make it out unscathed, but at least I only left with a few essential (or so I prefer to believe) office supplies and…

Fast Company Magazine

a Fast Company magazine because (and this is a secret) I think Mark Zuckerberg is pure geek-hotness…

New Sharpies

…and two new Sharpies (the clickie kind, w00t!) in orange and hot pinkish red.

But the fun did not stop there. I decided to check my mail when I got home, because The Lazies™ kidnapped me Saturday, and what should be in there waiting for me? Two shiny new ARCs courtesy of Simon & Schuster. (The Lazies™ obviously did not have my best interests at heart.)

Simon & Schuster ARCs

The ribbon holding them together was so cute, I had to snap a picture. The attached card reads:

Bound tight for your protection…
But nothing will stop you from falling in love.

And since I know you’re anxious to know which two books they are…

Claire de Lune by Christine JohnsonShade by Jeri Smith-Ready

From the back of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Torn between two destinies…

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: She’s a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire’s new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever…

And from the back cover of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a crucial gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and talk to ghosts. This mysterious ability had always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because Dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

These two books look awesome.

Sunday was a very fine day, indeed.

Comments on Fell Off the Book Buying Abstinence Bandwagon and Hit the Pavement Hard (But It Felt So Good)

  1. # Marie wrote on March 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm:

    I just drooled a little…Costco, Target, Office Max, shiny pens AND beautiful new books to read?! You just described a day in heaven for me!!

    (But only if there was churro-eating involved at Costco.)

  2. # janicu wrote on March 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm:

    Oooh, I have the Jill Bliss journals too! They are awesome. :)

  3. # Ann-Kat wrote on March 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm:

    Marie, it was definitely a drool-inducing day. However, there was no churo eating at Costco because we’d had a big lunch at Ruby Tuesday and though I desperately wanted to cram in some yummy sweet stuff, it couldn’t be done. :D

  4. # Ann-Kat wrote on March 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm:

    Janice, you are certainly right about the Jill Bliss journal. It is made of pure unadulterated awesome. I’m tempted to get her Native Herbs journal just so this one doesn’t get lonely. :D

  5. # Melissa wrote on March 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm:

    Gorgeous journals! I’m a sucker for those too.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..New Bookshelf =-.

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