Impulse Buying…

I have been so good for so long…and then I relapsed. First I went to Amazon and ordered books (but I justified that since I won a $40 gift certificate through one of my book groups); then today I decided to browse in Barnes and Noble … just to kill a little time. Uh oh…

So here is what arrived from Amazon:

  • The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories 1978-2008, by Louise Erdrich
  • The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer
  • Europa, by Tim Parks

And here is what came home with me from Barnes and Noble:

  • The Mediterranean Caper, by Clive Cussler – A Dirk Pitt adventure. I had to buy this one…I’ve never read a Cussler novel and it is my sister’s favorite author!
  • Eternal on the Water, by Joseph Monninger – from the book’s sleeve: ‘Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting – a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love’s power.‘ I couldn’t resist this one – the cover is beautiful and it is partly set in Maine. SOLD!
  • The Disappeared, by Kim Echlin – From The Chronicle Herald: ‘A dance of words…[full of] beauty, grace, sensuality, and power … Echlin is able, by imagination and art, to take the reader on a journey through eros and evil – a journey that travels into utter darkness but does not leave us in despair … A work of singular beauty.‘ Doesn’t that sound amazing?

I will never live long enough to read everything I want to read. What have you purchased impulsively lately?

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    • Ariel on February 18, 2010 at 19:32

    OK, well I just went a little academic-book crazy at the UChicago 2009 Book Sale, and got a whole bunch of delightful sounding books like “How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today” and “Documentary Expression and Thirties America.” I can’t wait. And of course at the other end of my impulse buying spectrum I will be arriving in LA tomorrow to a giant pile of romances and YA novels I ordered. So I think I have covered all the impulse bases for a while. As long as I don’t decide to kill some time on Amazon.

  1. I cannot browse bookstores in person or online without buying books – and they are usually bought in multiples!

    You got some great ones! I read and reviewed Eternal on Water this week and LOVED it! Hope you enjoy it just as much.

    Enjoy your books!

  2. Personally, I think using a gift card that you won doesn’t count in the Cosmic Count of how many books you acquire! But I know what you mean about never living long enough to read everything you want to read! I keep a little notepad by the computer and every time I read a review about a book that sounds good, it goes on the notepad, which then goes into my purse, which then accompanies me to Barnes & Noble! I guess it would be rational to do away with the notepad! But I doubt that would help! :–)

  3. That’s not too bad friend!
    I think you will love the Disappeared, it was a 5/5 for me (only fiction 5/5 of the year so far 🙂

  4. The Glass Room is amazing.

    As for what I’ve purchased recently… well:

    Heliopolis – James Scudamore
    Death at Intervals – Jose Saramago
    Farewell Waltz – Milan Kundera
    Rupture – Simon Lelic
    The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
    The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
    Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
    Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon

  5. I’m on a book buying ban, though I have one more gc from the holidays that is still unspent…maybe I will have to override my ban! LOL great list of books. Happy reading

    • Kathy on February 19, 2010 at 05:15

    You got a nice variety of books! I needed to buy a couple of books for gifts last week, so I bought myself a couple gifts as well. For myself, I bought A Slant of Sun by Beth Kephart and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

  6. I have been behaving myself within the past few weeks (what a shock!). I have so many books that I have purchased in the last few months that I haven’t read yet, so it’s gotten to the point where I can no longer justify it. I really want to buy The Glass Room though!

    • Alayne on February 19, 2010 at 08:03

    Impulsive book-buying is great. I think I’ll be doing some of that on my lunch break today. Enjoy your books! I have an award for you at The Crowded Leaf.

    • paula on February 19, 2010 at 08:15

    well I bought some gorgeous quilting fabric….Laura Gunn’s Poppy in aqua….love it!!!

    • Wendy on February 19, 2010 at 08:50
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    Ariel: Enjoy your books! Sounds like you had a great buying spree 🙂

    Colleen: I’ve been seeing some great reviews of Eternal on the Water…glad to hear you also give it a thumbs up. I know what you mean about browsing in bookstores – temptation!!!

    Rhapsody: I like your notepad idea. I tend to run right over to Amazon and add books to my wish list (but then I can’t carry them with me unless I print out the wishlist..hmmmmm). I pretty much have stopped feeling guilty about the Amazon purchase – I mean, what else was I supposed to do with a gift certificate!??!?

    Amy: Ooooooh, a 5/5 on Disappeared!??! WOW – now I can’t wait to read it!

    Another Cookie: Glad to hear you liked The Glass Room … I read a bad review of it just this week and it made me worry. You got some interesting books lately – hope you’ll enjoy them!

    Serena: Oh, you have to use the gift card!!! Good for you being strong with your ban – I always fail at those!

    Kathy: Seems fair if you buy for others you should also reward yourself 🙂 Enjoy your books!

    Stephanie: I am ashamed at the towers of books I have that I have not yet read…this book buying thing is really quite an addiction, isn’t it?

    Alyane: Have fun on your spending spree!! And THANK YOU for the award!!!

    Paula: *laughing* …don’t even get me started on the impulse quilt fabric shopping! I must say, I was looking at that again on Etsy last night and I may have to get some Poppy myself!

    • Andi on February 19, 2010 at 17:18

    I soooo want to read The Glass Room, and I can’t justify buying it on Nook yet, so I’m living vicariously through your splurge.

    • Wendy on February 20, 2010 at 10:52
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    Andi: LOL – I really hope I like The Glass Room – I’ve seen some mixed reviews of it 🙂

    • Jenners on February 20, 2010 at 18:30

    Well, everyone needs to relapse sometime!! Enjoy!

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:36
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    Jenners: *laughs* Thanks!

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