Guess what? I got a Sony Reader!
I wasn’t going to get one – really. I just wanted to see what they looked like in real life. So I walked into this Sony store, and there it was. And it was just so sleek and shiny and sexy. I don’t know why, but I thought it would be, well, thicker. More like a paperback. But it isn’t. It’s really slim and the perfect size. So I ummmed and ahhhed for a day, and went back to get it. My new toy. I’ve been playing with it for a few hours now and it’s beautiful. I haven’t actually tried to read anything on it though – LOL. Maybe that will shatter my illusions. I think I’ll take some time to get used to the refresh rate on the pages – it takes about a second or so. I think it’s just a different style of reading – not too worried about that at the moment.
Also, major book haul – it was a rather productive holiday in Boston, all in all.
Not only did I get six of the books I wanted for January – all except Catherine Asaro’s “The Ruby Dice” (not yet out) and Janet Evanovich’s “Plum Lucky” (I was strong and did not cave in) – I also got… *deep breath*
“Shadow Music” by Julie Garwood (historical romance) – I know, I know. Reviews aren’t great and it’s a hardback. But I couldn’t not get Julie Garwood’s first historical in years.
“Firebirds” and “Firebirds Rising” (SF/F anthologies) – Firebird is an SF/F imprint aimed at teenagers, and these are their first two anthologies of original short stories. I admit I only picked up “Firebirds Rising” for the Sharon Shinn story, but liked the other pages that I flipped through, so I bought it. Other authors in these anthologies that I wanted to read were Sherwood Smith and Tamora Pierce – I’ve only read a couple of other stories so far, but it’s all good.
“The State of the Onion” by Julie Hyzy (cosy mystery) – Centred on the adventures of a White House chef. Impulse buy – I was looking at the New Releases rack. Book placement works.
“Dangerous to Know” by Mary Jo Putney (historical romance) – I didn’t get this when it first came out because it was a re-issue of “The Diabolical Baron” (which I already had) and another novella, but it was on sale! And I do like the cover of this one.
“The Seventh Sinner”, “The Night of 400 Rabbits”, and “The Dead Sea Cipher” by Elizabeth Peters (mystery) – Ahhh. Couldn’t resist. I’m sure there are a *few* more EPs that I haven’t yet read.
“The Spymaster’s Lady” by Joanna Bourne (historical romance) – Wasn’t meaning to get this one, but what the heck? Online buzz has convinced me.
“Magic Study” by Maria V Snyder (fantasy) – Again, wasn’t meaning to get this one in trade paperback, because the first book in this series didn’t wow me, but I was swayed by the cover.
“Line of Sight” by Rachel Caine (paranormal romance, I think) – This is part of Silhouette’s Athena Force series. While I haven’t *loved* anything by Rachel Caine recently, she writes a good story.
I don’t even want to think about my credit card bill next month. I couldn’t help it – books were so cheap in the States!
What else? Oh, I finished Patricia Briggs‘ “Iron Kissed” – WOW. Even though I was completely jetlagged and I couldn’t sleep until I reached the last page. And I did some chapter re-reads the following day to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
And I haven’t even mentioned the Amazon delivery that was waiting for me when I got back – three Noel Streatfeild books that I ordered after watching “Ballet Shoes” on telly over Christmas (great adaptation and actors include Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame, but I get the feeling the book will be better).
I was actually feeling pleased at my attempt to tackle my TBR pile during the holidays, but now… uh-oh.