Tuesday, August 31, 2010


What is Smut-tember Fest you say? It’s a chance for all those closet romance readers to let it all hang out. I used to be one of you until I got outed by the Vine. At the library I’d nonchalantly go from the regular fiction section to the romance section, the whole time looking around to see if anyone was looking at me. Then I hurriedly look at the romance books and try to pick one out that not only looked interesting, but that had a decent cover that wouldn’t reveal too much of my secret obsession. Even with a decent cover I would cringe going up to the library check-out counter. The titles alone would set my cheeks aflame with embarrassment (ex. Naked in Death, Seduce Me at Sunrise, Savage Pride). Now I don’t care so much thanks to self-checkout at the library. Taking my smut out of the house is another matter though. I’m just not ready for that yet. :P

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!!

Special thanks to Becky from Escapism Through Books for the great idea.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Conquering an Addiction- Part 2: September Book Ban

As if banning myself from library sales isn’t enough Fiona suggested that I join her and a few other brave souls in the September Book Buying Ban. The ban is being hosted by Bella from A Girl Reads a Book. After reading about her humongous TBR, I don’t feel so bad but that doesn’t solve my space problem.

So here are my set guidelines:

(1) No purchasing of new books, however purchasing for giveaways and gifts for other people is okay.

(2) No going to the library for any reason…not even to check out books. I have 2 checked out library books which I have not read, but I’m taking them back this Saturday. I’m currently reading Shogun and there is no way I will be able to get to them by the end of August.

(3) Books to review are acceptable- it’s the perks of blogging *shrug*

(4) My goal is to read 8 or more of my own books in September

So there you have it folks. I will be held responsible or I’m sure Fi will peck my eyes out. :P

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Conquering an Addiction: Library Sales

What is it about a pile of used books at under $2 that drives me into a crazed obsessive state? I’m still trying to figure out this question after a year or so of mad buying at library sales. I didn’t always use to be this way, you know? I used to be an avid library patron. I would go once a week or two weeks, checkout a bunch of books that I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to within the 3 week time frame and go home happy. Happy because it was completely free unless I bought it back late and happy because I had plenty of clutter free living space. Then I learned about library sales and how to find them. I learned how other readers had over a hundred or sometimes hundreds of books in their homes (ahem, Miss Book Coop). They put my 40 unread books to shame. One day I figured, “What the heck? You can’t beat buying a book for less than $2 so why not try it?” Well, try I did and now I’ve developed one heck of an addiction.

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.