Monday, November 1, 2010
The September ban also went really well. I did acquire 2 books during this time thanks to Allison, but I managed to get rid of 2 in the process so it balanced out. I also conquered my goal of reading 8 books for the challenge. Whoohoo! The challenge was definitely tough since I had Borders emailing me awesome coupons and sales announcements, but it was a really good feeling avoiding all the temptation.
I want to thank the Smut-tember Fest participants: Becky, Allison, Heather, Southpaw and Fiona!! It was definitely a hot month. I read the following smutty books:
This Matter of Marriage
Mine Till Midnight
Seduce Me at Sunrise
Tempt Me At Twilight
Married by Morning
Love in the Afternoon (finished in October)
So that’s it for updates. :)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here it is day one of the ban and already I’m bombarded with temptation. Today I received an email from Borders announcing their new Rewards Membership along with $1.99 bargain bin. You.Have.Got.To.Be. Kidding.Me!!!! They couldn’t release this last week, when I was still crazily snapping up books like the world was coming to an end?? Bah-humbug. I would drop them if it wasn’t for their lovely cheap books, wonderful atmosphere and awesome drinks. The jerks. So here I am grumpy as can be because there’s a sale and I’m not at it. Oh and I have to modify one of my guidelines. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had requested The Passage from the library a long time ago, so I do have a library book. *shrug* It was either read it now or wait another few months until my name gets called again.
To console myself I’ve started organizing and counting my own books. It seems as if my books have started having bookies of their own. I’m not through so I don’t have the final number yet. That shall be my next posting in this long, long journey. On the plus side though, I’ve prepared a few book packages for some good friends of mine and I’m participating in Becky’s Read-a-thon Challenge this coming week, which should help reduce my numbers…I hope. And I have my wonderful Smut-tember Fest to look forward too. Considering how much smut I own I think that will definitely reduce my numbers. So there you have it. I guess it’s not totally a bad day. :D
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
So in honor of smutty readers everywhere, I’ve declared the month of September as Smut-tember Fest. It’s time to dust off those old Harlequins and dig out the erotica and cheesy romance novels from your secret hiding place and have fun! The challenge is for all those romance readers or non-romance readers looking to expand their horizons to join me in reading at least 5 smutty books during September. If you want to do more you are more than welcomed too.
Here are the requirements:
- If you plan on joining in on the fun, register below and grab my button to display on your blog or website.
- Choose 5 smutty books you want to read for the month. If you are new to the genre feel free to do less. If you would like to do more that’s great too!
- Review the books you have read and let us know how steamy it is. I’ll be posting the best reviews on my blog for easy access.
- Have fun!!!
My 5 books will be the Lisa Kleypas Hathaway series:
The first four are re-reads, but I recently acquired the last two in the series prompting me to want to read them back to back. With cheesy titles like these, I don’t see how you cannot like this series.
So here’s to a smutty-licious month!!! Have fun everyone!!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
So here are my set guidelines:
(1) No purchasing of new books, however purchasing for giveaways and gifts for other people is okay.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
My favorite way to fulfill my addiction check for library sales is at Book Sale Finder. You just click on your state and it shows you all your local library sales by date. I really don’t even need this anymore…yes people it’s that bad. I’m such a regular that I have the dates memorized of when is the next one. I just stroll in with my cloth grocery bags ready to elbow the first person that gets in my way. I go through each table and sometimes even under tables, book by book searching out titles that were recommended to me or that look interesting. If I’m at a table of particular interest, like the popular fiction table, I get all mama bear about my space. I start hovering over the books and when I see someone take a book from my table I immediately try to see what the title is and if it’s one that I want I give them the hardcore eye, complete with raised eyebrow. It’s really quite disgusting.
I can’t even explain why I do this. I guess it’s the thrill of the hunt. Finding that book that someone else paid full price for 50₵, just so I can come online and boast “Hey you guys, look at what I got and how little I paid!!” Nevermind, that I have no bookshelves to display these gems. Nearly all my books are neatly crammed into any available space in my apartment, like the TV cabinet and closet. My poor nightstand has a lean to the right with all the books that I couldn’t cram. I started with 40 owned, moved to about 103 owned last year and this year…well I think I’m at or close to 150. I’m afraid to do a re-count.
So I realized after genuinely not having the space for these wonderful books that I NEED TO STOP. The Pequot Library Sale was my last hurrah and I made sure it was a good one by picking up 19 newbies at less than $13 (damn, there goes that boasting thing again).
Here is part of what I picked up at the Pequot sale in July (ahem, yes I went twice):
I’ve been making an effort to read what I own by going to the library much less and joining challenges where I can read my own books for the tasks. It’s helped me stay motivated and I’ve read 19 of my own books this year. Whoohoo! But I realize that I still have a long way to go. So you have it here first: I am swearing off library sales for the rest of the year. Yes, I said it. No more library sales. It’s not fair to my already crammed books to keep acquiring more. Every time I open up a cabinet they stare at me pathetically. My stomach twists every time I see a pile or find a book in a weird place and I wonder “when did I buy this?” So that’s it for the next 4 months. I swear. lol.