Monday, August 10, 2009

blame update

Man, the old to-do list is out of hand this week. But what did I one ever said that preparing a family of five for a two week road trip wouldn't take some work. One of those tasks, of course, is packing my books. Nothing like tackling the fun jobs first, huh? :D Only problem is that that means I have to update my recent acquisitions and point the finger at those at fault first. Since I'm currently feeling this pathetic mix of lazy and overwhelmed, I'm just going to make this short and sweet. Well, as short as is possible with this ridiculous pile of books, that is. And I apologize for the lousy photo (that whole lazy thing again).

*The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds by P.J. Bracegirdle. No points...just sounded like a fantastic one to read with the boys.

*The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam. No points...after reading the blurb on the back, there was no way I could not buy it.

*Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World edited by Kathleen Ragan. Again no points...again just couldn't resist.

*A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi. Point for Chris. See, I'd stopped accepting books for review, but this one sounded so good that I hadn't deleted the e-mail about it yet. Then I saw Chris got it, and I mentioned that fact. He urged me to accept it...thus he's going to have to suck up the point for it. ;)

*A Soul in a Bottle by Tim Powers. Another point for Chris. I've had this on my wish list since his review. Then he went and joined PaperbackSwap and listed it...of course, I scarfed it right up. Oooh, and what a beautiful little book it is!

*True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Also got this one from Chris on PaperbackSwap. But I guess I can't get away with laying a point on him for it. Picked it up for the Printz Project.

*If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. Point for Susan. Picked this up from PaperbackSwap, 1.) so I could read it before its sequel which I'd checked out from the library and 2.) because it's on Susan's "unofficial list of great YA by or about women of color."

*Trapped! Cages of Mind and Body edited by Lois Duncan. No point. Impulse pick up from PaperbackSwap.

*The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. Another point for Susan. Yep, another from her list. Yep, another from PaperbackSwap.

Hmmm...I'd really like to deny existence of these next five. Because they came from BookCloseouts YA sale. Yep, I went back again, even after that massive haul I made the first time around. I know, I know, I should really be ashamed of myself. My intentions were good though...I only went to pick up a few more presents for Annie and Gray. And five more for myself really isn't that bad, is it?

*Shooter by Walter Dean Myers. No point. I'm really excited to finally read something by him.

*Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates. No point. Just sounded really good.

*Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins. No point. But it is for the Printz Project.

*The Stones of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston. Point for Eva. Of course. :D One of these days I'll get a hold of the first one so I can actually start reading them.

*Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon by Marjane Satrapi. No point. Oh, I am so excited to read this with the Maxidoodle! Which means you can guess what kind of animals are in it, huh?

*The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. Point for Nymeth. Like she could ever come out of blame session unscathed. ;) Another PaperbackSwap acquisition.

And finally, there's another bargain pile. These all came from Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller. Many of them of for school, so I don't feel the need to claim any personal responsibility for those.

*Postwar America: A Student Companion by Harvard Sitkoff. No point. For school.

*American 1908 by Jim Rasenberger. No point. For school.

*The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts edited by Michael J. Novecek. No point. For school, though I definitely would have bought this one anyway.

*Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury. No point. Like resisting Ray Bradbury is even possible.

*Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank. Another point for Nymeth. My, oh my, oh my...what are we going to do with her?!!

*Watchmen by Alan Moore. No point. Though I honestly could hand out a half a dozen. This is one of those that really felt like a group effort. ;)

*Water: The Drop of Life by Peter Swanson. No point. For school.


Amy said...

I'm reading If you Come Sofly right now! :)

I hope you enjoy all those books, Debi, it's a great mix.

Care said...

That's a crazy-fun list if I've ever seen one! :)
Do have a great trip.

Bookfool said...

I said "yes" to A Circle of Souls, even though I'm not accepting books, too. But, it's not Chris' fault. The author was so nice I couldn't turn him down!!

That's one heck of a pile. Have a great time!

Staci said...

So I thought I was out of control...not any longer!! Wow, what a huge stack of books. So much goodness going on there. You won't be disappointed with Shooter. Excellent story, excellent author. Enjoy them all!!!!

Melody said...

Wow!!! You've acquired a lot of books there! Love reading your blame game post! :P

Happy reading!

DesLily said...

ummm i think you want to visit Chris just so you can bop him on the head with some of the books he's "encouraged" you to spend money on! LOL

Nymeth said...

I read The First Part Last just a few days ago - I loved it, and I really think you will too. The good news is that it took me like an hour and a half total to finish. So don't leave it in the tbr pile for long :P

kreed said...

I cannot believe that I missed wishing you a happy anniversary. Well, actually, I can believe it but I am sorry I did it! So Happy Late Anniversary. You two are wonderful people and an amazing couple.

Hope you have a fabulous trip - y'all do some crazy adventurous raod trips! Can't wait to hear about this one.

I am beginning to wnder where you are putting all of these books. If you need some extra real estate to store them in, I think a second home in Kansas (Tonganoxie, specifically) is a good idea...

Vivienne said...

I still have to pick my books for holiday as we go away Friday. My to do lists have been endless. I wonder if I will get it all done by Friday. Aaarrgghh!

Anonymous said...

*muwahahahaha, escapes the blame game yet again* I've read only one of those, but a few of them are on my wish list for potential/eventual reading. ^-^ I like the photo, by the by. (Much better than getting dressed up specifically for a vlog post that doesn't even feature more of you than your hand, I say! ^-~)

I've a feeling some others of these books will find their way onto my wishlist as well...

Kailana said...

That's a lot of books. I hope you enjoy them all!

Susan said...

LOL! As if we could ever really resist any bargains anyway!!! Good haul, Debi. Now for time to read them all! and enjoy seeing Chris, and maybe you could give him a punch in the arm followed by a hug, for all those wonderful books he keeps reading and recommending! give yourself a hug too, and enjoy your road trip! books first.... I LOVE how you pack!