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WotS – it’s all about the friends

29 Sep

I’m on Twitter, well,  ALL the time. Not only is it a great way to procrastinate, but I’ve met some really, really nicce people through Twitter. In fact, Amy from Amy Reads ( who I met on Twitter) was one of the gals that headed over to Word on the Street with me.

Before I went I put out a general tweet asking if anyone else was going to be there. I knew I chatted regularly with some folks in the Halifax area and thought it would be fun to meet face to face.  As a result I got to meet 4 of my favorite tweeps.

I’ve met people in real life from online before (Hell, I married one) and it’s always a bit nerve-wracking because you never know if you’re going to hit it off once you actually meet. When we all met up there was some general nervousness at the beginning, but from there it was just like a group of friends hanging out.

It was a super cool experience. Honestly there wasn’t anything weird about it at all. We laughed, we talked, we ate, we drooled over books. We all parted with hugs and promises to try and visit again.

I’m a major introvert – no really, I am – and I don’t often do the group thing. I usually prefer to hand out with one person at a time, and that’s usually the hubs. But my total WotS experience wouldn’t have been half as fun if I had been by myself or with the hubs.

So I say “Yay!” for online friends. You guys rock in a big way.

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And it continues……

21 Aug

Isn’t she gorgeous? I mean, seriously, this is one cute cat. What’s her name? Oh, well, I have no idea because she’s NOT MY FREAKING CAT!!!!!!

She just showed up this afternoon in the middle of my flower garden. Sure, I live in the country and people have outdoor cats and sometimes those outdoor cats wander, but really? Who am I kidding? I tried to fool the read-a-thon gods and failed miserably.

I thought if I called my reading spurt “reading week” I could by-pass the curse of the read-a-thon and not end up with any new animals. I was dumb. Misguided. Naive. And now I have a new cat.

What’s that, you say? Surely the cat will go back home? Well, right now she’s lying down next to the chicken coop and she looks quite comfy. Earlier she was sleeping on the doorstep but decided to change venues. In between snoozing she’s following the hubs around the yard, wrapping herself around his legs. So sure, she’s going to leave.

Fat friggin’ chance.

Book Purge 2010: Part Two

22 Jul

See that huge, honkin’ stack of books? See it, huh, huh, huh???? THAT, by book luvin’ friends, is my purge pile so far. And I still have to go through two bookcases downstairs. I think we can call this a victory, eh?

Once I got into the groove of it, it was pretty darn easy. I was a book organizing, book purging machine. I worked all day, for about 6 hours and was so very, very happy with what I got accomplished. Except for the sore, possibly bruise, possibly something pulled foot.

Yeah, leave it to me to injure myself purging books. Here’s the deal: even though I decided to order the books room by room, I kinda changed my mind.I mean, I HAVE to have all my Kelley Armstrongs together. So, there were several trips up and down the stairs with an armload of books. And for some reason I decided barefoot was the way to go. Obviously not because now I’m hobbling around with an injured left food.

Oddly enough, this isn’t my first book-related injury.

I have a marathon one sitting reading of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to thank for my tendinitis.

Yay, me.

Book Purge 2010: Part One

18 Jul

Yes, that's a can of paint holding up the shelf. Fancy, ain't I?

The sunning is shining, it’s hotter’n Hell out so….good day to start the purge, right? Yeah. I decided to jump right in and start purging. As you can see from the picture, I have a zillion piles going. I’m going to reorganize as I purge. Instead of organize all the shelves together, I’m thinking if the shelves in each room are organized, that’s just fine with me. Otherwise it’d be a bitch. 10 + shelves spread throughout a pretty big farmhouse? Not gonna happen.

Okay, the piles:
Obviously I have my purged piles. Two shelves done and about 50 books going. Not bad, eh?

Then I have the Meh, I’m not sure will have to flip a coin most likely piles. Kinda self explanatory, n’est-pas?

Then there are piles for adult read, adult not read, YA read Ya not read, urban fantasy read, urban fantasy not read, children’s – you get the point.

I thought that purging my unread books would be hardest, but only a 1/2 hour in I realize that the books I’ve read will be the hardest to get rid of, especially books read in the last couple of years. 10 years ago I was a huge Maeve Binchy fan, but when I got to her books I didn’t hesitate to put them in the purged piles. But on my desk next to me is a stack of kids’ books I’ve read in the last 6 months. Everytime I grab one and go to throw it on the purged pile I swear it talks to me:

Remember how good I was, huh, huh? Page 40 you laughed so hard you almost threw up. Then on page 60 you were snotting tears all over the place. And you’re putting me in the purged pile? Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyy????????

Okay,so may they aren’t really talking to me (that’d be a whole other blog post) but the reading is so fresh in my mind it’s hard to purge them. But I know that I will. I just need a bit of time to get used to the idea.

And music blaring so I can’t hear them whine.

Book purge 2010

17 Jul

My book sitch is getting a wee bit out of control. All 10 of my bookcases are jam-packed, in some cases the books are doubled and tripled. I have stacks of books all over my office and my bedroom. My TBR books are all over the place and there is no rhyme nor reason to ANY of the shelves. I desperately need to organize my books. And I’m afeared this means getting rid of quite a few.

I hate purging books, just HATE it. But the amount of books in the house is stressin’ me out so I know I need to do it. Now I just have to figure out how I decide what stays and what goes.  I’ve always wanted a huge library and in two or three years this will be a reality. But even with a big ole book room, I think I need to be pickier about what I keep. That whole quality over quantity thing.

I have a lot of books I’ve read that I liked, but didn’t love. I imagine some of those will be going.

I have about 400 books in the house that I haven’t read. Some of them I know I’ll never get around to reading, so I figure the majority of my purge will be here. Any books that I bought new but haven’t read will be staying unless I look at the blurb and have no idea why I bought it. Cheapie second hand books purchased at library sales and flea markets will be going unless the book is by a fave author. Or an author that could become a fave. Or the book was recommended. Sigh. Yeah, this ain’t gonna be easy.

I know there will be some tough decisions made. I imagine I’ll end up with a pretty big “maybe” pile that I’ll have to think long and hard about. I love all my books and each one was chosen with care and thought. Letting any of them go will be hard.

Do you keep all of your books or give some away? How do you decide what stays and what goes?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

28 Jun

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

I haven’t posted one of these in a while and I’ve really missed it.

Read last week:
The Truth about Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen – My first Cohen book. I simply adored it. Beautifully written with wonderful characters. I will definitely be going back and reading her other books.

The Breakwater House by Pascale Quiviger – This was a different read for me. Stories within stories within stories. Sometimes confusing, but the language is so stunning it’s well worth it.

Currently reading:
The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty – The format of this YA gothic novel has made it a bit hard to get into, but I am starting to enjoy the story.

To Read:
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher – This looks like a freaking hilarious read.
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill – I think this YA book is going to be dramatic and delicious.

What are YOU reading this week?


Do Nothing but Read Day? Hrmmmm

26 Jun

Yeah, so my big Do Nothing but Read Day will hopefully start now, at 2:30 pm. I know, I know, I was all hyper and set to go at 9 am this morning. But remember that little aside about the orphaned raccoon babies? Well, they arrived. 🙂 So there was de-ticking, feeding and raccoon cuddling happening today.

But the little tikes are sleeping so I should get in a couple of hours of reading.

Oh, and hubby informed that in Colleen-land Do Nothing but Read Day can actually be TWO days.