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2014 Book Purchases: April

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better.

I already feel that I’ve spent too much money on books this month – Sad, aren’t I? 🙂

I’m going to have to try harder. But I’m nervous about April because it is my birth month. I always find a way to indulge myself in April…

01-May-2014 Update: Yaaaay! I managed not to go over my $20 budget!!! 😀

Wind-Gone-MadBook: Wind Gone Mad
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Cost: $2.99
Format: Paperback
Date Purchased: 02-Apr-2014
Notes: Shits & Giggles, plus that cover! O_o

 

 

The Phoenix EndangeredBook: The Phoenix Endangered (The Enduring Flame #2)
Author: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Cost: $4.50
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 02-Apr-2014
Notes: Second in a series
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Suicide and Selfishness and Guilt

This is going to be a very…selfish post. I apologize in advance for that.

It also may piss you off – and I don’t apologize for that. This is how I feel and this is a purging post for me. I need to purge before I drive myself a little batty.

A friend of mine recently committed suicide.

I am…devastated. I am torn apart.

This has hit me in a way that death hasn’t touched me in a very long time. It’s the complete and total wrongness of the situation that still has me reeling.
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Flights of Fantasy: May 2014 Books of the Month

The May 2014 Flights of Fantasy group reads and my early decision on reading them:

 
 

Dealing with DragonsYA/MG
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1)
Decision: Yes

Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart – and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.

 
 
Blood SongFantasy
Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1)
Decision: Yes

From ”a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor and destiny…
The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

 
Let the Right One InHorror
Let the Right One In
Decision: NOPE

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….

 
The MartianScience Fiction
The Martian
Decision: Maybe

Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

B&M Bookstores: Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers, Annapolis, MD

Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers
36 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-8770

My Impression: Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers is really more of a place to get food and drink rather than a place to shop for books. There are books for sell – but it’s a hodgepodge collection with no real rhyme or reason.
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2014 Book Purchases: March

Welp, February was a total bust – I went over my budget by $50+!

I hope that I’ll exhibit more impulse control throughout March. *fingers crossed*

I’ve decided (11-Mar-2014) that it would be in my best interest to just allow all purchases of the Malazan series. My OCD will not be ok until I own the first 10 books…at least. So while I will count the Malazan purchases in the total amount spent in a month, I will NOT count the Malazan purchases towards my monthly $20 per month book budget limit. Cause I’ve already busted that bubble.

I have given some consideration into upping my book budget by $10.00 a month in order to get a handle on going overbudget. But…that’s almost like cheating (or Fed. Gov’t style math). The truth is – I need to get a handle on my spending by not buying so many books! 😦 So, I have decided to give it another month at $20.00.

 
 
Reaper's GaleBook: Reaper’s Gale
Author: Steven Erikson
Cost: $15.54
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 03-Mar-2014
Notes: 7th in series (5/10)
 
 
The RookBook: The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Cost: $7.82
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 09-Mar-2014
Notes: It’s been on the wishlist for some time… First in a series
 
 
The Wizard of OzBook: The Wizard Of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Cost: $3.54
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 08-Mar-2014
Notes: For April buddy read
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B&M Bookstores: Atomic Books, Baltimore MD

I’ve always loved bookstores and libraries. I love the slightly musty, stuffy and dry smells that old books produce. I love the crisp smell of fresh cut paper that new books produce. I love looking at books, fingering books, organizing books and starting at book cover art.

I don’t find this strange at all. 🙂 What do I find strange? That other people DON’T do the same things.

I can spend hours staring at books. And if I find a book I find interesting? I love to sit in the middle of the isle on the floor and flip through books.

I love owning books. I am a bibliophile.

So it is heartbreaking to me that the brick and mortar bookstore is being lost in today’s internet focused world.

As a salute to those maintaining the brick and mortar bookstore for the love of books – I decided to start listing any [indie] B&M bookstore I visit.

I recently visited Atomic Books which was recently featured in a Flavorwire post (#14): 45 Great American Indie Bookstores to Support This Holiday Season.


Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21211 USA
410.662.4444
info@atomicbooks.com

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Review: The CarbLovers Diet by Ellen Kunes & Frances Largeman-Roth

The CarbLovers Diet

PhotobucketThe editors of Health Magazine (and top nutrition scientists) have big news: Eating carbs is the best way to get and stay slim. Breakthrough research revealed in this book shows how certain carb-rich foods-especially those with the amazing natural ingredient called Resistant Starch-act as powerful metabolism boosters and appetite suppressants. Rather than making you fat and bloated, as decades of low-carb diet gurus claimed, CARBS make you thin. They shrink fat cells, especially in your belly; boost fat burning; increase muscle mass; curb cravings; keep you feeling full longer than other foods; control blood sugar, and lower cholesterol and triglycerides!

Health Magazine, the expert when it comes to healthy living, takes this revolutionary new science and turns it into an easy-to-follow, real women-tested, dietitian-approved road map proven to melt off 10, 35, even 100 plus pounds forever. Our test kitchen chefs and registered dietitians also developed 85 delicious, simple recipes and foolproof meal plans that help you lose weight while you enjoy the foods you’ve craved for years.

I love carbs. LOVE. CARBS.

I love breads, cakes, flaky pies, potatoes, muffins, pasta… I could go on for days. Especially pasta…and bread…and cakes. Especially those carbs.

My conundrum is that I also love to work out, lift weights and look sexy.

And just about EVERYBODY tells you that there is no way to both love (and enjoy) carbs and look sexy at the same time. No matter what diet and no matter what exercise program – just about all of them tell you to avoid carbs.

This gives me the sads. 😦

So when I stumbled upon The CarbLovers Diet I had to check it out. The cover is a bright and happy pink with a picture of a fork full of pasta. Yum! The back cover mentions “revolutionary new science about carb-rich foods” and promises that the reader will have “pasta for dinner and chocolate torte for dessert.” Come on! Who doesn’t want that??
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