Oh, I was a bad girl today.
I’ve had a $40 gift card to Borders burning a hole in my wallet since mid-April, when my brother (who is not a reader) turned up with a late birthday present. Unfortunately, two days later I took off for the field, where there is not a Borders within 50 miles. And when I got back, I had a glut of BookMooch and LibraryThing Early Reviewer books waiting for me, so I didn’t feel right going and acquiring another pile of books.
But, I’ve had a mildly-crappy few days and needed a reward for surviving the week, plus the smell of burning wallet was getting a little bit strong.
|Mistborn: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
Read my review here
This just came out in paperback, and Brandon said on his blog that initial week sales count for quite a bit in the publishing world, and a) I think Sanderson’s a great author who deserves the “push” of good first-week sales, and b) I was planning to buy it for myself eventually. I love the new-style of cover art, too… the old cover wasn’t bad, but the new cover… that is exactly how I pictured Vin (except where are the tassels on her mistcloak?).
|The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Every review of this book that I have heard, both professional and from people I know, has been that it is orgasmically good for anyone who likes the fantasy genre. How could I pass it up? While I’m sitting around waiting for the third Mistborn book (by Sanderson), the twelfth Wheel of Time book (Robert Jordan’s series being finished posthumously by Sanderson), George R. R. Martin’s fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, I have been seriously lacking in 700-plus-page fantasy, and summer’s my favorite time to get into really fatty-fat paperbacks. This one is probably coming on vacation with me in July.
|501 Must-Taste Cocktails, edited by Emma Beare
Oh, that pesky Bargain Books rack. It’ll get you (and by you, I mean me, and my liver) every time. On a quick flip through, more than a few of the recipes call for relatively rare ingredients, like guava syrup and the like, but the recipes are organized by main alcohol (rum/gin/vodka/etc.), which I appreciate.
|Not a book, but it was on sale for $6 and I couldn’t resist. I strongly suspect that it was impossible to be a teenage girl in the mid-nineties and not love this movie.|
|Also came in the mail from BookMooch today:
The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice, by Margaret F. Rosenthal
To be honest, I absolutely and completely purchased this book because I love the movie Dangerous Beauty. Flipping through it, it looks more academic than I was expecting, but I’ll give it a shot. And, if it’s terrible or unreadably dry, I’ll re-mooch it, mix myself a cocktail, and then go watch the movie.
Plus I’ve still got $9.01 left on my giftcard, awaiting some future must-have-it book! Hooray!
Happy weekend, y’all.
(Also, if anyone knows why my code is being all weird and giving me those giant spaces between books, let me know. I can’t figure it out, and it’s time for bed.)