Friday, February 27, 2009

so much blame to go around

There was a time in my life when I actually had my act together. Seriously, I was organized, and I accomplished the things I set out to do. Now, I'm afraid chaos reigns supreme, not only in my home, but also inside my very head. As I said, oh back on Sunday or Monday, I acquired a massive load of books during the previous week. And I also said that I would post a few each day, assigning blame as I went. And I did start out okay, but then somewhere along the line, I just forgot about it. How the hell could I forget about it?!! There are three piles of books sitting beside the bed. They've been in the way numerous times. I've had to move them to open my nightstand. And still I somehow forgot about posting them.

I don't know. It's kind of scary realizing what's happening to my brain. So really I just try to ignore it. I'd appreciate it if you did the same.

Black Hole by Charles Burns. This is the book that jogged my memory that I'd never awarded blame to start with...thanks to Nymeth's great review yesterday. She surely would have earned herself a point had I not already bought this one.

Bone: One Complete Edition by Jeff Smith. No one to blame for this one. Chalk this one up to total lack of self-control. Immediately upon completing Rose, I got right on the computer and ordered this one.

Fables (Volumes 2-5) by Bill Willingham. Rich gave me these four for my birthday. I added them all to my wish list after I read the first one. I almost feel like I should still award dozens of points on these ones however, because every time I would read one of your awesome reviews of these I would mention them again to Rich. Pretty much assuring that he'd get them for me just to shut me up. :)

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon. Picked this one up in a used book booth when Rich and I were antiquing.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I am thoroughly determined to finally read this book this year. I know, I know, I should probably be fined a large sum of money or something for not having read it before now. Anyway, I also picked this one up at the antique mall. The cover shown isn't the one I bought, however. The one I bought is old enough to not have a picture on the cover. And it's that lovely "oldness" of it that probably made me buy it...I didn't need to as Annie already owns it. Damn lack of will power strikes again.

The First Patient by Michael Palmer. The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag. These were both gifts from a friend of mine.

Man, I can't believe I've gotten this far and still haven't awarded any points. There are points coming, I assure you! This next batch I bought with a gift card the kiddos gave me:

In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos by Richard Lloyd Parry. 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen. "A Problem From Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power. These were all pure impulse buys, but I think they might work for Eva's World Citizen Challenge. Of course, that would require actually getting around to reading them.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. How could I possibly resist after Kara's comment?!! Point for Kara.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. Very likely would have bought this one anyway, but Stephanie's reviews assured it! Point for Stephanie!

Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr. Total whim, just sounded good.

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler. Yep, you all knew that Nymeth couldn't possibly come through unscathed, didn't you? This review left me quite intrigued. Point for Nymeth!

And finally, Rich bought me the rest of these from my wish list (looks like he definitely had some residual guilt going on there, huh?):

Attica by Garry Kilworth.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Even before I fell head-over-heals in love with du Maurier's short stories, I'd added this to my wish list...thanks to this review. Point for Chris!

Nervous Condtions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (because I'm currently on a Zimbabwe kick).

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney (for the Lambda Challenge).

Oracles by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (because).

Paper Cities edited by Ekaterina Sedia.

Eclipse Two edited by Jonathan Strahan. Care to guess? Yes, of course, point for Carl.

Cut by Patricia McCormick. Thanks to this review...point to Rhinoa.

No Sweetness Here by Ama Ata Aidoo.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder. After Melody's lovely review, no way I could resist. If Rich hadn't bought this for me, I would have bought it myself. Point for Melody!

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson. Just read this review and tell me you don't want this book, too. Go ahead--I dare you! Point for Nymeth!

Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly. And he has the nerve to be calling other people "Bad Bloggers"...sheesh. This review. Point for Chris!

Against Medical Advice: A True Story by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. Simply had to have this one after Joy's review. Oh yes, had to. And I bet I wasn't the only one...after people read her quote in the New York Times ad! Point for Joy!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. And finally, last but certainly not least, there's Becky's review. Am dying to start this one! Point for Becky!


bkclubcare said...

You are SO adorable. I do NOT envy you the stress of what to read NEXT. I am finding my little stack of want-to books to read quite intimidating. and what do I do? I keep reading bookblogs and adding to my wishlist in goodreads! AAAaaaaahhhh. help me.

Nymeth said...

wow, look at the sheer amount of AWESOME in this post!

I have The Mysteries of Pittsburg here... I got it used last year, the very same edition as the one you posted. I'm really looking forward to reading it, especially after reading his essay about how he came to write it.

And yay, you got Fables! And Breathing Lessons! And Rebecca! And MONKEY BEACH!

Other books that sound great: Renfield, 20th Century Ghosts (also on my tbr pile), Paper Cities, Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking, and of course, Jellicoe Road. I'm seriously hoping Jellicoe Road will be mind blowing. It actually WON the Printz the year Nation and Tender Morsels were honour books *explodes*

PS: Care is right. You ARE adorable :D

Staci said...

I love your extremely huge stack of books!! Some I've read, some I want, and some of them I'm going to have to add to my list!! I just requested Black Hole from the library and it is all Nymeth's fault too!! I love the blame game!

Melody said...

Wow, look at those wonderful books you've in your pile!!! And I'm so thrilled that you bought The Orange Girl too!! YAY!!

My wishlist is growing just reading your blame posts and other book reviews by fellow bookbloggers. Definitely not good for my bank account, but what can I do?! :D

Kailana said...

That's a lot of books...

I am so excited you got 28: Stories of Aids in Africa. I LOVED that book... I reviewed it ages ago and have never seen anyone review it since. I always thought that was a shame because it really is a good book!

I love Fables. I actually was thinking about going to the 'big' bookstore and buying the next one tomorrow, but I decided to push it back to next week.

Trish said...

Holy cow!!! I think it took me 5 minutes just to scroll down to the bottom! Enjoy the reading. I REALLY want to read Rebecca soon. I've heard that it is a great read!

Chris said...

I want this whole post! lol...Especially Black Hole and Jellicoe Road. Those two sound amazing! And I always love the Printz winners so I'm sure Jellicoe Road will be excellent :) Can you believe that my library doesn't even carry it?!

I got an ARC of The First Patient ages ago and still haven't read it..I feel awful about that! One of these days I swear I'll read it!

I hope you love Rebecca as much as I did. It took me completely by surprise! Such an excellent book! I'm really enjoying Alice in Sunderland by the way right now!

kreed said...

I know where to go when I need to borrow some books!

And read "A Little Princess" is my childhood favorite!

Eva said...

America in the Age of Genocide is so awesome!!

You know...I used to only be a point behind Nymeth in Bad Blogger. Now, Chris has overtaken me and Nymeth's ahead by a mile! :p Good thing I've promised myself not to acquire more books this year. ;)

I still think you have your act together-you're homeschooling a crazy-smart girl! And running a household that includes two boys and a man who runs away to exotic locales during snowstorms. hehe So I'm totally not buying the chaos thing. :p You're definitely adorable though!

Grad said...

I received Against Medical Advice with 4 other books in December (one was a cookbook). I've finished the other three and will be ready to start this one this week. Can't wait.

Joy said...

WOWSERS! You done good. :)

The only book I read by McCormick is Sold and thought it was great. I need to get another one of hers. Thanks for the reminder and the point. :)

Happy Reading!

Carl V. said...

I suspect you'll love Bone. It is amazing!

As is the Fables series. You're all set for Once Upon a Time III!!!

Glad to see you picked up Eclipse Two. I need to get back to mine and get it finished!

Rhinoa said...

Yay I finally got on someone's blame list! This is actually a really fun idea and I may have to start doing it too. I hope you enjoy Cut and all your Fables graphic novels.