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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stacking the Shelves - The Book Gods have smiled upon me!!!

I have to wonder if I am ever going to not have to deal with any boxes. I don't mean just any box because I'd never be able to buy dry packaged food from the shop again. I am specifically referring to the boxes in my storage unit and now the boxes in my house.

I have always been a bit of a sentimentalist. I keep everything, movie stubs, show tickets and play programs, why I even uncovered my middle school and high school report cards. As I started bringing boxes home, I threw out a bunch of stuff, but felt too attached to a lot of it, especially papers and such. However, I have now been working on this project for over a month, had no kind of summer at all except my vacation to Vermont because all my free time has been taken up working at the storage unit or the boxes in my house. And I'm tired of it all.
 I have given myself a deadline, for the house at least. I have to have all the boxes put away by next weekend as the following weekend I will be heading off to Germany for two weeks to see my brother and sister-in-law and to meet my brand new nephew. I do not want to come back to any boxes. It will be bad enough having to decorate for Halloween when I get back. And look, it's Christmas already. Where does the time go?

Today, I was having a blast. I went through my box of Correspondence from high school and college. Didn't read most of it, just went through and organized. I found a lot of stuff that made me cry, like letters from my Grandmom she sent to me in college. She passed in 2005, but I really still miss her. Lots of letters from my old school mates, some of who I am now in touch with on Facebook, but I was having a laugh over some of the stupid stuff they wrote. So, it was a nice little road trip down memory lane.

My overall weekend project was trying to sort through and make decisions on my comic books I have at the house and organize together with what I brought back from the storage facility last week. I actually have two boxes so far of comics to get rid of, but the fun part about it yesterday was that while I was trying to make decisions about a comic book series, I actually sat on the floor and read them. I haven't read any of my comics in the longest time. So, it felt really good. I also got to read them before I put them in the discard pile, so the money I spent wasn't a complete waste. I got a lot accomplished wi9th that at least, but did absolutely nothing with the stuff downstairs. Comics are being staged in my niece Brianna's room. Hey, she's not here. What she doesn't know won't hurt her. By the time she's over again, the room will be cleaned up...I hope.

Anyway, enough of my ranting and onto the reason for today's post.

So, last week was a pretty big week. I had a lot come in and I bought a couple more. I figured, to make up for the flood of books from last week, I would end up in a book drought for the remainder of the month. Not so, I am happy to report.  The Book Gods must have taken pity on me because they answered my prayers!  I have actually received two books I have been waiting for for what feels like forever.

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

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh - I am currently reading this one and it is awesome so far!
Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck - This one is the next one on my list and I believe the final book
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama - This one sounded interesting and I have read a couple reviews, so I am hoping to enjoy it
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr - You can't go wrong with Melissa Marr
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs - I am behind on the Medusa series, but I really enjoyed her mermaid books.  This one is book 2.
Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh GN by Brian Wood - While I haven't read any of the comics, Scotland to me feels like home and Edinburgh is a beautiful city, so I figured, what they hey?

Bought (already released):
The Dragon's Winter by James A Owen - James A Owen is a fantastic illustrator.  He works in pen and ink, all black lines.  I had first become aware of him many years back.  He had released a beautiful comic book series called Starchild, but never finished it.  The illustrations in his dragon books are beautiful.
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout - I had downloaded a sample of this after reading a review from one of my blog buddies.  ( I apologize for not being able to give credit where credit is due.  I really need to start writing this stuff down.)  Anyway, I really liked what I read in the sample and decided to give the series a try.  This is my first book by Jennifer L Armentrout, ,so I am hoping I enjoy the rest as much as the sample.
Conversational Italian by Pimsleur - I know this may seem odd, but I took German and Italian in high school.  No languages in college.  I have been studying up on my German which has come in very handy over the past few years traveling to Europe, but I decided to pick up Italian again after reading Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson.  There was a lot of Italian in the book, but I found that I was able to understand the majority of what was said even though it has been I won't even tell you how many years since school.  I am hoping to get to Italy eventually and I just figured it would be fun to pick it up again.  Besides, I can't wait for the sequel to come out, Kissing in Italian.  No word yet on release date. 
Manga received:
Oresama Teacher 10 by Izumi Tsubaki
Otomen 13 by Aya Kanno
Bleach 46 by Tito Kube
Bleach 47 by Tito Kube
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden 10 by Yuu Watase
Earl and Fairy Vol 3 by Ayuko
Library Wars 8 by Kiiro Yumi
Arata: The Legend 11 Yuu Watase


Stay Down by The Smoking Popes  - Love these guys

Well, that is my stash this week.  While not everything has been good this week, at least I have some great books to read that I can't wait to get into.  Hope you all had an equally good week.  Happy Reading!



  1. Hi Tammy, having seen you mentioned on Alexia's Books and Such site I wanted to drop by and say hello. Such an interesting blog you have here, it's nice to have met you, I've really enjoyed my visit. PW.

    1. Hi, Tracy! It is nice to have you stop by. Terri talks about your blog all the time, so I'm really happy you decided to drop by. I, of course, had to go check out your blog and found myself pratically rolling on the floor over the cat video.
      Needless to say I am now following you and will be stopping by often.
      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the laugh!

  2. that's a LOT of boxes. LOL. Good luck with them. Oh, I love monstrous beauty and library wars!!

    1. You know, when I get done with this project, I am going to take pictures of my beautiful library sans boxes. Can't wait to be done. Thanks for the emotional support. I am currently in denial. I do not believe I have collected so much clutter over the years. Now is the time to become more unfettered, though.
      I will be reading Library Wars in the tub, but only after I finish reading Sean Griswold's Head, which is my current bath book.
      I'm glad you liked Monstrous Beauty. I'm sure I will as well.

  3. Wow, those boxes are rather scary! Love Melissa Marr and can't wait to read Carnival of Souls :)

    1. This is only some of the collateral damage. I have already manged to put some of it away and it has been crowding the house in waves. It's just going to take a couple days of concentrated effort to get them sorted and put away, but I have Enshadowed to finish reading. It preys upon my mind when I am not reading so all I can think about is getting back to the book.
      I was pleasantly surprised with Meliisa Marr. I never liked her covers, but she is a fantastic author, so I'm sure this one will be good as well.
      Thanks for the visit!

  4. Carnival of Souls is so good!

    That's a bunch of comics - good luck making it through!

    1. Yay! Another endorsement for Carnival of Souls! It looks good. Love the cover.
      I'm tired of sorting. I think I need to get a tablet, so I can transfer comics to digital format and then I can dump most of the collection. That would be a space saver.
      Unfortunately, there is nothing that can compare to the thrill of turning a page, so I'm probably keeping more than I had planned. I can't get rid of Flaming Carrot, The Tick or Bone, though. Those are some of my favorites.
      And while I have a lot of manga that came in, I now usually only get one smallish shipment a month. I used to get about 40 titles a month, but then, I was taking a hiatus from book reading.
      When you have a limited amount of time to read, choices need to be made.
      Right now I'm on a book binge. Can't seem to find the time to write about it, though, but the reviews are coming.
      Thanks for coming and checking out my blog!
      Happy reading!

  5. Whoa, look at all of those lovely, lovely books! And yea! You finally got your hands on Tiger's Destiny! I know how much you've been longing for that one, so hope you enjoy to the fullest!

  6. And like I said. This one has the ending, so bonus. I win! It will be next up...just as soon as I finish reading Enshadowed.

  7. It is quite reasonable to keep some things, particularly the ones that remind you of the good times. I can see that you are having a good time remembering the past through your old stuff. And they are a lot! Good thing you have your own storage place to keep these memories alive. Old journals, letters, and comic books can come in handy when you need a dose of the past! By the way, you have a very interesting book collection. I’m sure all of them are fun to read.

    -Javier Magnus

    1. Hi, Javier! Thanks for stopping by! It's weird to be collecting things for so long and to be so attached to the acquisitions I've made over the years, but then to suddenly feel like I need to detach a bit.
      The things people collect and the way they put them together says a lot about a person. It is part of what defines their character and it is difficult sometimes to let go of the past.
      What I have found through this project, though, is some of these things I've collected just don't mean as much to me, or perhaps they do and I just don't have the room anymore.
      If I am attached to something, but keep it hidden, it benefits no one. It would be better than to let go and allow someone else to have it and set it in the light where it can be loved anew.
      While I will never be clutter free, because that is just not the type of person I am, I do feel more and more liberated as I continue to toss things out and add things to the sell pile.
      I just wasn't planning on it taking this long.
      Still, it is fun to take that walk down memory lane from time to time. And any of the very personal things I will want to keep, anything that elicits an emotion when I uncover it will need to stay. A lot of things, though, I feel eh about and those are usually ending up in the discard pile.
      I'm glad you stopped by and thanks for commenting. You have given me something to think about.