Having promised ourselves a tour of every Borders within driving distance during the 50-70% off period of their closedown (sigh), kanja177
and I made an abbreviated visit to two of the biggest ones last night. (Stupid hurricane, spoiling our fun.) I envy kanja177
the ability to say, "I have X amount of money to spend and that's all" and stick to it
. Me, I throw budgeting to the winds and grab everything I've ever wanted that's still on the shelves ... okay, well, almost everything. I did pass up some stuff -- usually later volumes of a series whose earlier ones I don't have yet. But I walked out with:
-- five random volumes of Ouran High School Host Club*
-- Naomi Novik's Will Supervillains Be on the Final?**
-- Bone v. 2 and 3***
-- Diane Duane's Omnitopia Dawn****
-- Elizabeth Peters's The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog*****
-- Jim Butcher's Changes and Cursor's Fury******
-- Shannon Hale's Enna Burning*******
-- and a cookbook.********
We also split a copy of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles in Love
against future need. It's the perfect present for the romance fan who needs to be lured into SF. (Heh, heh, heh.) Now I just need to remind myself not to spend any more fun money until October
, when kanja177
and I will attend Scott Westerfeld's Goliath
signing in New York. (And hit the Book*Off for cheap manga. And maybe the Strand and the Kinokuniya. And that yarn shop in Chelsea ... )
*The anime made me laugh and laugh and laugh. If you like your shoujo tropes skewered and grilled, take a look. So far, the manga is equally amusing.
**Which has gotten mostly "meh" reviews, but, hey, it's Naomi Novik -- I'll give it a whirl on discount.
***No, I don't own v. 1. I never do. I even started The Lord of the Rings with The Two Towers.
****I like her immersive worldbuilding. It's so immersive that my friend C sat down next to me on the train this morning and I never noticed. He, of course, gets great amusement out of quietly waiting for me to twig. I think I set the record today by catching on only after I'd begged his pardon for stepping over him on the way to the door at our mutual stop.
*****Early Amelia Peabody is a guilty pleasure for me; the later volumes, where everyone repents and becomes One Big Happy Family related to Vicky Bliss's best beloved in the other series ... not so much.
******I picked up the first of his Codex Alera books after it was high-concepted to me as "descendants of the Ninth Legion with Pokémon, except not really" and enjoyed it. Of course, Cursor's Fury is the third book in the series.
*******For completeness's sake. I have all the other Books of Bayern -- even the first one.
********One can never have too many slow-cooker recipes that call for real ingredients rather than canned cream of mushroom soup. Though I make an exception for the one that uses frozen spinach and boxed corn muffin mix to make a delightful spinach-gorgonzola-corn bread loaf. Mmm.