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Help, I’m A Book Addict

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I had finally utilised the book vouchers from Kinokuniya that I finally found after a year. Fortunately, they weren’t expired so I was very glad to get to use them. With the vouchers (and my membership card), I got the following books:

the graveyard book Neil Gaiman’s latest book, The Graveyard Book. I had seen this book a few weeks back at another book store and I thought that it looked interesting. A boy, raised in a graveyard by ghosts and named Nobody Owens. That itself caught my attention. I read somewhere that it’s similar to Jungle Book. I have yet to read it (I have the book somewhere in the house) but I’ve seen the Jason Scott Lee version of the movie and I liked it. Anyway, I couldn’t find the cover that I saw so I settled for this one.

children of hurinTolkein’s The Children of Hurin for the Significant Other. Both of us being big Tolkein fan’s it’s not such a big surprise that we would have gotten this. I’m not getting a copy of this yet since I still have yet to read my copy of J.R.R Tolkein’s Unfinished Tales. Besides, After reading the Silmarillion, I sort of gathered the gist of the story anyway.

mists of avalonThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I’ve been looking for Mists of Avalon for a really long time, ever since I saw the made-for-tv movie that was based on the book. I liked it and me having this quirk where I have read the book that any movie was based on, I had to get it. I haven’t started on it yet since I got distracted by other books.

I thought that my recent trip to the book store was going to be it for me, for the rest of the month. However, a book discussion on Plurk reminded me that I have a membership with Borders as well, and their latest coupon (30% off with 3 full priced books and still get another 10% of the net purchase with my membership card) was too great a deal to turn down.

I browsed through the stacks and after looking through the different genres that I love, romance, horror , Young Adult fiction and fantasy, I finally settled on romance and picked up three books:

because your vampire said soBecause Your Vampire Said So by Michelle Bardsley. Michelle Bardsley books are funny and snarky, and most importantly, it’s got vampires and werewolves. I’ve read the first two books and I loved it. Can you imagine, having the whole town turned in to vampires? I would so love to see this series be turned into a tv series because I really think it would be interesting.

forever after Forever After by Catherine Anderson. Catherine Andersen’s books never fail to make me tear up from the emotional by-plays that the characters go through. Her characters aren’t the perfect, superbly gorgeous like in other chick lit books. They’re normal and very human, with human failings and weaknesses. You can easily relate to her characters because of that.

all shook upAll Shook Up by Susan Andersen. Susan Andersen writes really funny and endearing romance novels with hot, hot scenes. The previous book of hers that I read made me cry and it was supposed to be a light hearted romance but it turned out to be more not only about sex the romance but also about family.

For someone who loves romance and vampires, you can see why I chose these books.

Since I was already in town, how can I not make a stop at Kinokuniya. I wasn’t planning to get anything. Seriously, I wasn’t but the call of the books were too strong for me to resist and I got four books:

hot pinkHot Pink by Susan Johnson. I’ve read her other book Hot Legs and the scenes were scorching hot but tastefully written. Ok, I admit there’s not much of a plot but hey, not all sex romance novels have plots. 😉

personal demonPersonal Demon by Kelley Armstrong. This is a long awaited paperback release of this book. I wanted to wait for the other cover of this book to be out before I got it since then it will match the rest of the series but the temptation proved too great (FYI, the included cover is the one I wanted but I got a different cover instead). I love her urban fantasy books due to the vampires, werewolves and various supernatural characters in them. I’m also superbly stoked that she’ll be giving a pep talk during NaNoWriMo this year.

the undead next doorThe Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks. (Another vampire romance novel, see a pattern here?) Hot, Scottish vampires who marry mortal women and have babies. Weird but not bad actually. I find it especially funny when the Scottish vampires lift up their kilts to check if their bits are still there after teleportation.

moon calledMoon Called by Patricia Briggs.I’ve never read her books so I thought I’d give it a try. With lycanthropes, shape-shifters and vampires, I hope that it’ll be good. I’m not sure if the book has any love scenes. I hope not. From my experience, whenever an urban fantasy series read = Anita Blake series starts incorporating love scenes into the book, it’s starts to take over and it’s all about the horizontal mumbo. I just hope that there will be more of a plot than sex after the third book or I’m breaking up with the author.

I wanted to try the jacketing service Kinokuniya, so while waiting for the books to get jacketed, I walked around the Young Adults section to see if there were any interesting books. Then I came across this:

A huge stack of young adult, vampire/romance section that included the Twilight series, Vampire Academy and a few other series. Even though I shook my head in disbelief at the sudden influx of vampire novels, both young adult and chick lit, a part of me is gleefully rubbing my hands at the thought of all those vampire novels to read. I wanted to park my butt on the floor and start reading the books when I saw this pile of books but it was rather late and I had to go home for dinner. Next time, I’ll park my butt right next to the pile and start reading.

On the way out of the book store, the book below caught my attention.

According to the blurb at the back, a lot of the Islamic nations deem heavy metal music as something that goes against the teachings and is all ‘satanic’ and is a bad influence. This of course makes me snort in derision because I know that it isn’t. Even so, I think I’ll get this book the next time I go to Kino, just to see what it’s all about.

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8 thoughts on “Help, I’m A Book Addict

  1. That last book cover is amusing. Heavy Metal Islam … kind of a tongue in cheek.And I really gotta hand it to you for reading all those books in such a short time

  2. wow. u bought so many books! 🙂 i can’t wait to get my books tomorrow or on tuesday! it’s arrived in singapore! :)but i only got 6 books! nothing, compared to urs! 😛

  3. waaaaaaaaahh!! i want those…i saw the vampire book that has a black rose on the cover at the on camous books tore..so wanted to buy it la..i n i want to read catherine anderson, susan andersen and susan johnson wen i get back…so fun!! also i wanna read the elipse thrilogy i think it was called…wanna read that one…..hmm….

  4. @rinaz: I go through books very fast, it amazes even me.@daphnemaia: The anticipation of getting new books makes me so high.@blackforest: You can read all the books you want, as long as you treat them with respect and not turn them into belacan like the last one you carried around in your bag.

  5. nice blog! i love reading books too!

  6. There’s a jacketing service?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!? And ooooh loads of vampires and werewolves I see, heh heh.

  7. That’s a lot of books for one sitting!! I’m amazed! 😀 I take forever to finish one book… I think I’m still halfway The Devil’s Teardrop since I peeled open the cover in 2002. *hehehee*

  8. I had to read the Mists of Avalon during my freshman year in high school. It was 1986 and fairly new to the market. I had to call a whole bunch of book stores to find a copy.One of the guys in my class didn’t want to read such a big book. So he complained to the teach who rolled her eye and told him it was good. And that it actually had sex and violence in it. He responded, “Yeah, but it’s probably something like, ‘He touched her breast and she slapped him.'” I read the whole book (one of the few in the class who did) and was really annoyed when the teacher gave us an essay test, allowing most students to fake it.Ah. Good times.