Sunday, August 9, 2009

TSS-The Junk Drawer

The Sunday

The corner of my room where I keep my books looks like it has explodeded.

Since I'm participating in The Mystery Read-a-thon, I decided I would pull out all mystery books I have so they're all together.  Naturally they were spread out all over my bookshelf (if you had some idea that I organize my books in any way, shape, or form... no), so now the books on my bookshelf are collapsing on top of themselves, and I have piles of mystery books all over the floor in addition to all my other piles of books all over the place.

How did I become such a book glutton?  I'm seriously not acquiring any more books until my shelf is down to a manageable size.  Seriously!  Will you stop laughing, please?

Anyway, yes, the Mystery Read-a-thon.  Yesterday I read less than six hours (-ish; I lost track of time for a bit) and I'm not even half-way through my first book, which is kind of disheartening.  I am enjoying just taking time to read and not do anything else, though.  I'll do more updates when the Read-a-thon concludes.

I got back from vacation on Monday night.  If you recall, I listed a few books I was planning to take with me.  Well, here's what I actually brought:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase (DNF)
  • Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy (I think that's her name)
  • Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
  • The Warrior Hier by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Emma (Vols. 1-7) by Kaoru Mori
  • What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
  • Landsman by Peter Melman
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
  • Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
  • Kathryn by Anya Seton
  • Need by Carrie Jones (DNF)
  • The Ruthless Italian's Inexperience Wife by Christina Hollis (DNF)
Aaaack!  It grew!

Predictably, I did not read all of these books.  Also predictably, I bought more books.  Well, the Portland Art Museum was having this super-killer sale on their exhibition catalogs--$2-5 for every one, and they usually cost between $40-60--so I really HAD to buy more books in that case.  And then we went to Powell's....

new books

I also joined several challenges when I came back.  The first was The Harry Potter Reading Challenge.  Well, I was already reading The Chamber of Secrets, so why not?!  Then there's the Japanese Literature Challenge; I was going to use Emma for that, but then I decided I would read Battle Royale for it, instead.  And I of course had to join Amy's L. J. Smith Reading Challenge.  I might have joined another challenge, too... hmm, can't remember.  Not a good sign.  I need a secretary or something.

But it's good to be home and foolishly joining new challenges again.  Plus, I actually got a job!  I haven't started it yet, but I'm happy because obviously my little problem with the books needs some sort of funding.

Now back to the readathon.

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