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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: If at first you don't succeed....

Well, since I was thwarted last weekend when I took my niece to the bookstore, I thought I'd try again today. Let me tell you, it is much easier to look for books for myself when I am not toting around an 8 year old who becomes bored once we are no longer looking at things for her. I have to tell you, though, there is nothing like watching a child explore the shelves of a book store or the excitement in their eyes when they found themselves a treasure. It is a feeling to nurture and cultivate. Stories stay with children for their entire lives, or they can. I know they did with me. There is nothing like trying to share that passion and having it be accepted by a young one.  Perhaps it is that she is impressionable and able to be molded is open to suggestion.  Some things I know will have to wait, like The Phantom Tollbooth. I think she is still a little young to truly get the concepts in that book, but one day. Oh sure, today she is all about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, but one day, hopefully not too far off, she will be ready for more sophisticated things and I can share with her some of my favorite stories growing up. The Phantom Toll Booth was one, but I also loved any stories about horses like The Black Stallion series. Loved those books. Once again I digress, though. Back to the point. So, I went to the bookstore with my husband and immediately upon walking through the door, he had picked up a book. Now is that fair? I walked through my favorite sections; New Releases, SciFi/Fantasy, YA and while I saw things, I didn't find anything I needed to pick up. By this time he had picked up another book, a matching set of history books, one about the Axis powers and one about the allies. He had said that he couldn't help noticing I didn't have anything in my hand, so I browsed some more. After all, that sounded like a challenge.  I mean, he threw down the gauntlet.  And I'm just the gal to take up that challenge, to pick up that gauntlet and put it right back where it belongs.  After what seemed like an eternity, I finally came up with a bargain book; At the Gates of Darkness (Demonwar Saga Series #2) by Raymond Feist.  Now, I am not where near caught up in this series of books that are Midkemia, and the book has been on my wish list for a very long time (To give you an idea, it is on page 8 of my 11 page Amazon wish list and it is no longer available in hard cover other than used or bargain), but I do have book one of the Demonwar saga. It seemed only right to pick up book two, especially since it was a bargain. And because I felt so woefully inadequate for not having anything in my hand to buy. Still there's a lot to be said about completing a set.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.


  1. How dare the husband challenge you! And kudos for restraining yourself and only picking up one bargain title! Would have served him right if you came back with a dozen books!

    Ashamed to admit I still haven't read Phantom Tollbooth. Have a copy, just haven't read it. :(

  2. I haven't heard of At the Gates of Darkness, but the cover looks great and I'm sorry last week you didn't really get a lot of books you wanted because you brought your niece!

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  3. If I had a husband, he probably would restrain me too. Great job only buying one book. New follower. Come visit me as well.

  4. Looks like you had quite an adventure lol
    Happy Reading!