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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stacking the Shelves or My Tragic Life Among the Stacks

So, this week found me back at the storage facility.  Sorry, no pics this week, I was very short on time.  I did manage to get 14 boxes, I believe, in my mini.  Of course they were not huge boxes, but still.  My goal this week was to get through the  remaining comic boxes and figure out what I was going to keep.  In this I was successful.  And I re-stacked everything, so it is all nice and neat.  I didn't actually bring home much in the way of comics, though.  However, I did bring home 9 1/2 boxes full of magazines.

Now, I used to love Mel Gibson as much as the next girl (well before he went all crazy), but I have got to wonder why I have about 15 magazines about Mel.  I have come to the realization that I have not made a lot of smart choices in my role as a consumer within our society.  But perhaps I have?  I mean, I have spent a lot of money over the years for stuff that now is little better than rubbish and the only reason it is better is because I can recycle the paper.  I have a lot of X-Files magazines as well, but while I thought I had a thing for David Duchovny, I now realize I had a thing for Agent Mulder.  Now that X-Files is over and done with (after jumping the shark  with the movie that ruined the franchise), I find I am no longer interested in anything having to do with David Duchovny's personal life.

So, then why purchase this stuff?  I think I finally figured it out.  I love covers, the art work.  Same with calendars.  The images evoke emotions, thoughts, feelings.  So, I see an image and I feel some sort of connection and I know I need to have it.  For example, I currently have 5 calendars at work: Dr Who, Jack Sparrow, The Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey), Return of the King and Inu Yasha.    I like looking at pictures.  So while I have bought enough magazines to build furniture out of, but have not read most of them, I have read a lot of the books I bought for the cover.  Okay, not the entire box of Hildebrandt Brothers covers on mass market paperbacks.  Those I actually collected just for the art work. 

You know, I think I need to seek some help.  I cannot rationalize away all the things I have acquired that I am now uncovering that have been buried for 7 years, but I can tell you that I don't buy anywhere near as much stuff as I used to.  Well, except for books.  And that leads us into.....

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

So, I actually had a pretty big week!  So excited!!  Of course, that means I'll probably get diddly squat for the next few weeks.  Karma is a bitch. 

But onto exciting reads!!!

Pre-ordered from Amazon:
Heaven By Alexandra Adornetto (3rd installment of the Halo series) - I am still behind in this series.  I enjoyed book 1, but now that I think about it, I don't believe I actually finished it.  I'll have to rectify that situation.
The Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks - Terry Brooks is one of the few adult fantasy authors I still read, although I am woefully behind on his books as well.  And there are more of them.  Still, I love the Shannara books and am looking forward to getting back into them.
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors - It is a fairy tale about the magic of chocolate.  How can you go wrong?  I love Ms. Selfors prose.  It is often poetic.  I have loved every book of hers that I have read and I am eagerly looking forward to this one and anticipate it will be just as good as the others.

Other books I ordered:
The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney - (From Goodreads) It's all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.

The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl.

The Sweet Life by Rebecca Lim - (From Amazon) Rome—city of style, culture, food, music, and romance. But is someone sinister stalking Janey Gordon during her Italian adventure? 

Gate 7 Vol 3 by Clamp - (From Amazon) A battle for supernatural supremacy rages in Kyoto! When a strange dimension overlaps with our reality, Hana and the members of her Inou squad use their mystical dominion over the elements to protect humanity against a torrent of invading creatures. Thrust in the middle of this war, Chikahito is a seemingly ordinary boy who's been accepted into Hana's group - but it's possible that he has latent powers of his own! 

Ordered from Amazon Marketplace used / new:

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus - (From Amazon) Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I've been seeing this all over and have read people talking about it.  The sequel is set to come out 10/23/12, so I figured I should read book 1 and see what it is all about myself.

Books purchased from the book store:

Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa - I have the stories in ebook format, but I can put this one on the shelf with the other books.

In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg - Two families swap houses for the summer.  One family has a teenage girl and one a teenage boy.  The two are staying in each other's rooms and learn about each other by  what is in the rooms.  I thought it sounded intriguing.  Enought to give it a try.

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - This one sounded even more intriguing.  Payton finds out her father has MS, but because her family didn't metion anything to her for the 6 mos that they've known, she decides she's not going to talk to them and it's been two weeks.  Now her parent's have gotten her guidance counselor involved.  She will be required to go to mandatory counseling sessions, but in order to help her to get in touch with her feelings and open up, her guidance counselor has given her a journal she can enter her focusing excercises in.  What does she decide to focus on?  Sean Griswold's head.  I like the idea of becoming completely obssessed with a single feature of someone's appearance and not being able to focus on anything else.  Like the mole in Austin Powers.  I think this one will be amusing and I'm looking forward to seeing how she deals with her family crisis by focusing on some boys noggin.  

Lastly, I had to buy my own copy of The Decoy Bride because I liked it that much and because I can put it in the DVD player when I am on the eliptical.  We don't have Netflix in my niece's room.  So, it's all telly or DVD while I am doing cardio.

That's it for now.  I swear I will get some reviews posted this week, but the boxes are draining my life force.

BTW, in case you were wondering, Dr Who was awesome!!!


  1. Exactly how large is this storage facility anyway? You keep bringing box after box after box home with no end in sight. Is it like Tardis storage? Coz that would be really cool!

    And excuse me, but Agent Mulder was very crush-worthy! I used to buy 3 copies of certain magazines (so I could keep one and cut up the other two to put the pictures on my wall) guess I'm wasn't the smartest consumer either. *sigh*

    Great haul of books this week! You'll have to let me know how Shadow Hills is, as I love that cover! And a fairy tale about the magic of chocolate? Score!

    Doctor Who was awesome! But Amy as a model? Really? *snicker*

    1. I feel like the storage facility is a TARDIS. AN yes, there is anever ending stream of boxes. Maybe it's more like Felix's magic bag. Anyway, I am almost done, but I still have about 10 boxes of toys to go through, so it looks like one or two more days. Plus, I need to go back through all the comics and toys at home to see if I want to unload any additional items.

      Okay, so actually the number of David Duchovny / X-Files magazines I have outnumbers the Mel Gibson volumes. As an excercise, I am actually taking count of what I have before I toss them. I need to look through them all, though, so it is time consuming. Can't tell you how many martial arts magazines I have, but it is a lot. I still don't want to keep the David Duchovny articles.

      I started reading Shadow Hills as a downloaded sample. I liked what I did read, but now I'll have to start all over. I am really looking forward to reading the Sweetest Spell. I really like Suzanne Selfors' prose.

      I was just shocked at the D word. I though, how could Amy and Rory have fallen so hard so fast? Only four more episodes with the two of them. And of course I'll be on vacation for two of those weeks. Thankfully I have a DVR.

  2. Great week of books! I hope you enjoy them all!


    1. Thank for stopping by, Mary! Hopefully I will be able to spend some time reading them. Things have been hectic, but I just need to find the time.

  3. Pre-Ordering gets me in trouble. I have a giveaway going on right now as well. Great haul of books. Come visit me as well.


    1. Pre-oredering gets me in trouble, too, but some of the books end up with a deeper discount when I pre-order it and I get it for the lowest price it hit while on order. Doesn't happen all the time, but I get enough emails from Amazon with additional savings. And I'm always afraid the books will jack up ion price once they're released.

      Plus I don't have to worry about going out and having to find it in the store. It gets delivered to my door step.

      The problem is that it is so easy to push a button and say yes, please. It's more difficult trying to balance it all out in the future when there are bills due and you put the purchase on your check card.