[UPDATE: FINALLY got pictures to work!!!!! Yea!!!!!!][NOTE: I don't know if it's blogger of my connection, or because I broke a mirror a couple weeks ago, or what, but I've been having a horrible time uploading pictures lately, so hopefully I can upload them later, but just text for now]
Well, I sincerely hope that everyone out there had a better weekend than I've had!!!!!! I don't know if you can get drunk by osmosis, but I was seriously feeling the pain yesterday!!!! (And no drinking involved) I had a temp job at a local winery, and I guess I was just not used to the fast pace of the assembly line. Although I totally rocked it, I was so busy not wanting to lose the bottling-zone, that I know I didn't drink enough water, so I was dehydrated…and I'm not sure if the thin wall made of metal siding, next to the big gaping hole door actually counts as indoors, so there may also have been some minor heatstroke involved. Whatever the technical definitions, by the time I got home Friday night I was totally dead…And by Saturday morning I just wished I were dead.
However, don't feel too sorry for me, because on the book end of things, I totally scored!!!!! First off, the second it was released, I purchased and downloaded Firelight by Sophie Jordan—It's incredibly INCREDIBLY amazing!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!!
And Bonus—As part of Sophie's Team Draki I also received some pretty freaking cool Firelight Swag!!!!!!
I also won a *SIGNED* copy of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, from Kimberly Derting, through the Supernatural Underground…which just arrived, along with some *signed* Body Finder Swag!!!!For about two seconds yesterday, I was feeling well enough to let my sister drag me to town. I ended up staying in the car while she scoped out the shops…except when we spotted a previously unknown used book store…that was having a mini-sale. Now I will definitely need to go back there sometime when I'm feeling better, but I did pick these up off the $0.50 table to tide me and my movie-loving heart over for a little bit:
The Goonies, novelization by James Kahn, based on the screenplay by Chris Columbus, story by Steven Spielberg
Back to the Future, novelization by George Gibe, based on a screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
Back to the Future: Part II novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner, based on a screenplay by Bob Gale, story by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
Ghostbusters novelization by Richard Mueller, based on the Motion Picture written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
I HEART the '80s!!!!!
In the ebooks division, I broke down and bought The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection
by L. Frank Baum …Normally I would try and figure out some way to get this for free…And I've done that, but it takes time and effort. And at the end of all the time and effort, while you do get FREE, you usually get what you pay for. And for a grand total of $0.95 I got the whole collection, plus an easy to navigate table of contents for the collection, plus an easy to navigate table of contents for each book. I'd definitely say I got my money's worth!
Not that I'm skimping on the FREE ebooks….Actually, I'm REALLY excited about this week's Barnes&Noble offers!!!!
Here are the highlights:
Forever is a deleted scene from the Maggie Stiefvater books—I haven't read her books yet, but I intend to, and I know I'll be happy to have this around when I do!!!! I'm also really excited about the classics—I've always loved Aesop's Fables, The Odyssey and The Illiad. I've read The Man in the Iron Mask, but not The Count of Monte Cristo (although there is a fantastic Gerard Depardieu miniseries!!!). And I'm soooooo excited about Sherlock Holmes, which I've always meant to read, but haven't.
I'm kind of on the fence with Dickens—I've only read Great Expectations, sometimes I liked it, sometimes eh, not so much. So we'll see.
As for Crime and Punishment…funny story—A couple years ago I read an amazing article about a new translation of War and Peace, so I thought I'd pick it up and check it out. When I got home, I realized that after all the time I spent looking at the shelves and making sure I had the right translators, I'd accidentally bought Crime and Punishment. I did start it, but haven't quite gotten around to finishing it. We'll see how it goes this time.
And then there's Journey to the Center of the Earth. It was free, so I got it. But honestly I think I'm still scarred from reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This one may be sitting on the e-shelf for a long time to come.
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So…how did the rest of you do??? Happy reading!!!!!!