A good book sale!
There are so many other ways I could have finished that sentence, but none ring as true. I say I can’t resist a good clothing sale, but the truth is I can – and I have. I used to say I couldn’t resist a shoe sale, but my shoe collection is (thankfully) dwindling. I say I can’t resist dark chocolate, but I – wait a second…that one is true – I can’t resist dark chocolate 🙂
I have to confess that I was getting a little nervous about this writing post because I am writing this late on Wednesday night to post on Thursday. Twenty minutes ago, I had no idea what I would write about, but I saw a post on Cah4el’s blog that inspired me. (Thanks a million, Carol!)
Carol described a book that sounded interesting to me (what’s not to adore about love, intrigue and suspense?) I’m seriously bummed that Shadowed in Silk won’t be released until September. Near the end of her post, Carol wrote that the author would be interested to know what attributes we look for in a novel.
Earlier this week, I ordered eleven books from Barnes and Noble after I received an email with “clearance” and “75% off” in the subject line. Two words that always command my attention when they are in the same sentence and pertain to a product I am interested in buying. (Note to any marketing people out there: Bath and Body Works got me with the same words three weeks ago. It really does work. Please don’t email me…)
I thought it would be fun to list the books I bought and my reason for choosing them. These books may be wonderful, or they could be a disappointment – I don’t know. But they all had certain characteristics that made me click “Add to Bag.”
In a Perfect World (by Laura Kasischke) – the story description itself on the back cover didn’t grab me. This sentence piqued my interest “…a novel of married life, motherhood, and the choices we must make when we have no choices left.” I want to know more about these circumstances and tough choices.
The Book of Love (by Kathleen McGowan) – I love novels that intertwine historical and present-day stories. In this one, a present-day journalist is searching for the Book of Love (a Gospel written by Jesus) that was said to be in the possession of “an eleventh-century warrior countess who was secretly married to a pope.” This is like no story I’ve ever read and I’m really excited to read this one.
The Lucky One (by Nicholas Sparks) – I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks novel (gasp!) but I did watch The Notebook and bawled like a baby (in a good way.) I like a story about how fate guides our paths in life, and in this one, the main character’s brushes with death lead him to the love of his life. Sappy? Maybe, but I shop at Costco and have plenty of tissues handy 😉
The Scarecrow (by Michael Connelly) – This is just a good old-fashioned mystery/suspense. A journalist out to discover whether a 16-year old drug dealer is innocent of a crime isn’t an unusual plot. It’s an author I haven’t read before, so I decided to give it a try.
White Oleander (by Janet Fitch) – The story is more depressing than my normal fare (nothing upbeat about an eleven year old going through the foster care system after her mom ends up in jail.) The “journey of self-discovery” and the positive reviews (and the fact it was $2.99) prompted me to try it.
Shelter Me (by Juliette Fay) – This is another sad, but hope-filled story as the main character grieves the death of her husband and finds strength in those around her. The price was the deciding factor in trying this one.
Second Opinion (by Michael Palmer) – I liked the main character: A female doctor diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child, who now works with Doctors without Borders. This sentence piqued my curiosity even more: “One woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test.”
Another Mother’s Life (by Rowan Coleman) – I wanted to find out what happens when two friends, who were torn apart by betrayal 15 years earlier, now live in the same town again. The betrayal is that one friend eloped with her best friend’s boyfriend. I’m curious if they can get past that and be friends again.
Blue Heaven (by C.J. Box) – Can’t resist a nail-biting thriller 🙂 In this one, two kids witness a murder and become hunted by the murderers. The Publishers Weekly review helped: “…handles a multitude of characters, accents and shifting points of view…” I’m always up for finding examples of different writing techniques. I’ll see if this one is good or not.
Breakneck (by Erica Spindler) – After reading the description on this one again, I’m not really sure why I chose it. The Publishers Weekly review wasn’t complimentary and I’m not sure if the pair of woman detectives will be unique or turn out to be the novel form of Cagney and Lacey. (For those young ‘uns who’ve never heard of Cagney and Lacey, click here and Wikipedia will explain it to you. I’ve just showed my age again, now haven’t I? <sigh>)
Woman in Red (by Eileen Goudge) – Another story that weaves together past and present. I want to know the story behind the woman in the portrait, the forbidden WWII era wartime romance, and the secret that is to be uncovered.
I’m feeling giddy with anticipation as I await the arrival of my newest purchases. (Never mind that I have nowhere to put them. I’ll figure that out later.) This was a fun exercise because I’ve never examined why I’ve purchased books before. Although, some of my previous picks have caused me to wonder, “What was I thinking?”
Can you resist a book sale? Have you ever purchased a book that made you ask “Why??” Is there a book you absolutely love? Let’s talk books, okay?