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New Books... Squee!

I forgot as part of the experience of getting contacts yesterday I went in search of places closer to me in Bowie rather than going all the way to Arundel Mills. Really, I was reluctant to go that far. Not sure why, just was. In any case, I went to the Bowie Town Center first since that was closer. It’s an outdoor mall – BOO HISS! I hate them. They suck. Who wants to go shopping in the sticky hot weather, anyway? Or, get rained on in bad weather? Whoever thought them up, stinks.

Anyway, in search of a Doctor’s Vision Works nearby, I parked near Barnes and Noble in the Town Center, which consequently was also near to a mall guide. I was lucky enough to get one of the street side parking places rather than having to go to one of the larger lots and wander around. I wasn’t initially going to get out of the car, wanted to just drive around, but the lure of the mall directory made me park and get out, plus the close parking space.

I looked it over. No Vision Works. Sadness. But! Bookstore! Close by! Not far! I went perusing the bookstore for some of my favorite authors to see if they had anything new out: Mindy Klasky, Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind (though I’m still mad at his last book and haven’t gone past Chapter 2), Kristen Britain (MORE GREEN RIDER PLEASE!!), Tamora Pierce (MORE OPEN CIRCLE PLEASE!!), Noel Anne Brennan (though, sadness, I forgot her last name at the book store) and Diana Wynne Jones, who bluekitsune introduced me to this past Christmas. The only person I had luck with was the latter. I managed to get The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume II and Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones.

I only just started reading the first book – and only a little bit at a time. I need to figure out how I’m going to ration my time during the week so I can read the book, because normally when I start reading, it’s READYSETGO! DON”T STOP UNTIL YOU ARE DONE! I can’t help it that books compel me to read and finish them, can I? Unless, of course, it’s a book that annoys me by changing major plot points or characters that’s a long running series and I can’t seem to get over the fact a new story is being told, even if I prefer the story of the other characters involved in that setting (ala Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan). It’s just too distracting to me and I’m resentful I have to push through the book to finish it, when usually reading is an effortless task for me when dealing with fiction. Non-fiction is absolutely miserable for me to get through. It’s usually dull, dry and boring. However, I do find reading Pirate Queen to be immensely fascinating, when I have time to pick it up again. Need to fit that into my schedule sometime again soon!

I also went looking for new stuff to catch my eye, either in the title or the cover. I know, I know – don’t judge a book by its cover. But, er… if the cover doesn’t catch my attention? I’m totally not going to be getting it, especially if the jacket snippet doesn’t sound appealing. Books sometimes have a way of whispering to me. Psst! Over here! You know you wanna read me, and so I go with that instinct. Crazy? Perhaps. But, that’s how I find the things I most want to read.

How do you choose books to read?

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fiddle_dragon
Jun. 19th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
*whispers* Go read City of Pearl by Karen Traviss if you haven't already *stops whispering*

*wink*

I found her during a random Amazon search of ideas for new authors. OMG - I was *really* nervous about doing it, but I had some "free" money - so figured I'd give it a shot.

There are 2 more in that series, and she's not done writing them. *very very very* good book...
nynrose
Jun. 19th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'll certainly keep that in mind next time I go looking for books!
reasdream
Jun. 19th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Fire and Hemlock is a good one - maybe one of my favourites by her.
You ought to try a series of hers, Dalemark Quartet. Tres nifty. And the 'adult' ones, which I can't remeber the name of. ;)

Also, Charles DeLint, Midori Snyder, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly and Steven Brust. Fabulous People. Oh, and Neil Gaiman, of course. :)
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