Impossible to resist…

I went to the bookstore today for the express purpose of purchasing a keeper edition of Emma, and barely got out of there for under $25. Believe it or not, sometimes I go in a bookstore, and nothing grabs me. Like an overwhelming feeling of ‘Eh.’ And sometimes I go in thinking, I can get that from the library…or I’ll wait for that to come out in paperback…or I’ll add that to my Amazon order to push the total past $25 and get free shipping.

Not so today.

Today I bought a nice, hefty, substantial version of Emma, and also The Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn, book four of the Lady Julia Grey novels.  I have loved this series, which follows the often shocking exploits of an inquisitive and intellectual Victorian widow, including her romantic involvement with the unorthodox Gypsy detective Nicolas Brisbane.  And the book itself is beautiful…the colors, the simplicity, the Indian-inspired edging on the midnight black book flaps.  I can’t wait!
I also bought The Captive for my younger son.  No doubt inspired by the movie coming out tomorrow (Guardians of Ga’hoole–don’t those owls look majestic??), he checked out book six in the Ga’hoole series from his school library.  Well apparently that triggered an unexpected urgency inside me.  He can’t read book six first!  Ludicrous!  And since book one is not available at school or at either of the two libraries we frequent, I need to buy it.  It makes no sense to wait!  He might check out book three, and then book eight…  The madness has to stop!

So that made it to the checkout counter on my stack too.  I literally had to wrench myself away from the new book display in the kids section.  I could have done some serious damage.

Posted in books on 09/23/2010 10:03 pm


  1. Pretty good for under $25!

    Eh, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I prefer the movie version of Emma.

  2. Teenage Bride

    ok so I HAVE TO staert this series I mean look at that cover!!!

  3. Fiction Chick

    Funny, how much impact a cover has on whether someone buys a book – or at the very least, picks it up at a bookstore. I admit I've bought books in the past solely because the colors / images on the cover appealed to me. And yes, the children's section… I buy books that I like, not that my kids like!

  4. Alyssa Goodnight

    I already love the movie, Stacy. But I feel like I must read the book.

    Fiction Chick…book cover buying is very typical for me.

  5. So…I want to know more about your writing and what you do. I am in the process of writing a book I can foresee being published. It is YA fantasy. Anyway, just want to know any tips you may have…

  6. Alyssa Goodnight

    Wow, Alyssa…first of all, congratulations for starting your book! My first recommendation would be to finish it. 😉

    And while you're doing that, I'd read as much as you can…author blogs, industry blogs, fiction in all genres, but particularly YA.

    I'd get a a critique partner if you think that would work for you and maybe join a few Yahoo groups or networks, to get the most information, advice and feedback that you possibly can.

    That enough for you? :) Seriously though, thanks for visiting!

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